Richard J. ‘Rick’ Bode, 77

Richard J. "Rick" Boden, 77, of Kewaskum, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls.

He was born on Feb. 25, 1933, in West Bend, the son of the late Matthias and Hilda (nee Peters) Boden, and on Sept. 17, 1955, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Westerman at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in the town of Wayne.

Rick served his country in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Kewaskum Fire Department, retiring after 25 years of service. He served as assistant fire chief from 1976 to 1977. He was employed for 44 years by Fairmont Foods/Kemps Dairy in Kewaskum, retiring as a distribution manager. Rick was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum and a member of the Knights of Columbus Father Casper Rehrl Council 1964 West Bend.

Rick will fondly be remembered as an avid deer hunter who enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandsons and for the fun times enjoyed with family and friends at their home north of Crivitz. He will be deeply missed by his wife, his family and by all who knew him.

Those Rick leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 54 years, Lorraine; four children, Jeff "Tubby" (Kris) Boden of Kewaskum, Terry Boden of Campbellsport, Mark (Nancy) Boden of the town of Kewaskum and Bonnie (Robert "Murphy") Ruplinger of the town of Wayne; seven grandchildren, Kelly (Brad) Nerat, Jesse (Julie) Korth, Christopher (Stacy) Boden, Lisa (Kyle) Brunner, Emily Boden, Kyle and Ryan Ruplinger; six great-grandchildren , Grace and Joey Nerat, Eden, Warren and Eleanor Korth and Paige Boden; three brothers-in-law, Richard (Angie) Westerman of West Bend, Lloyd (Rosie) Westerman of Kewaskum and Phil Hahn of Campbellsport; two sisters-in-law, Ardell Fell of Cedarburg and Sally Doll of West Bend; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Rick was preceded in death by two sisters, Arlene (Roy) Butz and Shirley (Robert) Metternich; a sister-in-law, Mary Hahn; and two brothers-in-law, Gerald Doll and Joe Fell.

A Mass of Christian burial for Rick will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2010, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum. The Rev. Edwin Kornath will officiate and burial in the parish cemetery will be at 9 a.m. on Monday. Relatives and friends may call on Sunday at the church from 3 p.m. until the time of Mass. Members of the Knights of Columbus will gather at the church for a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. and Kewaskum Fire Department members will gather for an honorary walk through at 4:30 p.m.

Memorials to charity of one’s choice are appreciated.

The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Rick's arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at