HOWLAND, Ohio – Leo John Bodkin, 89, passed away Wednesday evening, March 1, 2017 at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio.
Leo was born on July 24, 1927 in West Virginia, a son of the late Osbern and Tiny (Sponaugle) Bodkin.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served his country from June 29, 1945 to July 27, 1946. After his honorable discharge he went on to a Machinist Technical School. He worked at Peerless Winsmith until he retired in 1995.
He enjoyed being outdoors watching birds, gardening and canning. He was a beekeeper and sold his own honey and ran his own Christmas Tree farm from his home.
Leo will be deeply missed by his two sons, David Bodkin of Howland, Ohio and Paul (Catherine) Bodkin of Ashburn, Virginia and one sister, Freda (Harold) Smith of Augusta, Georgia.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty Jane Bodkin, whom he married on January 17, 1952 and passed away on July 17, 1952; his brothers, Delmer, Jimmy and Woodrow Bodkin and his sisters, Virginia Lawrence and Eva Bodkin.
Family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Lane Family Funeral Homes Roberts-Clark Chapel, located at 180 Garfield Dr. NE Warren, Ohio 44483.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Randi Pappa as a certified celebrant.
Entombment will be held at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna, Ohio.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley located at 5000 East Market Street #19 Warren, OH 44484.
Friends and family may send their heartfelt condolences by visiting www.robertsclarkchapel.com.
A television tribute will air March 6 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.