Richard L. Bodammer
October 24, 1948 – April 11, 2021
Survived by wife, Janet Bodammer; children: Jared Bodammer (Jill), Brandon Bodammer (Amy), Tara Ackerson (Dave); grandchildren: Hunter, Braeden, Allie, Hannah, Landon, Tristan, Ella, Lily, Taelyn. siblings: Rita Baughman (Brad), Dennis Bodammer (Cathy), Cindy Kolbe (Wally); numeraous relatives and friends..
VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Thursday, April 15, 5:00PM-7:ooPM followed by VIGIL at 7:00PM all at the West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, April 16th at 10:30am at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 6905 Blondo Street. Interment: Omaha National Cemetery, Monday, April 19th at 10am with Military Honors. Memorials will be directed by the family.
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Richard Lawrence Bodammer was born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 24, 1948. He was the second oldest of Hank and Vera Bodammer’s four children. From an early age he developed a love for anything with an engine and enjoyed taking things apart to see how they worked.
When he was strong enough to push a mower, he started up a neighborhood lawnmowing business and as a teenager, he began working at Louis Market in Benson. He graduated from Holy Name High School and later earned an associate degree in Electrical Engineering. When it became imminent that he was going to be drafted, he enlisted in the Navy and served in Vietnam aboard U.S.S. Newport News.
He married Janet Gould on Feb. 24, 1973 and they raised three children in their central Omaha home. He spent the better part of his adult life as a copy machine repairman/service manager. He even helped start Advanced Copy Systems. He retired from Konica-Minolta in the fall of 2016.
He enjoyed music, the outdoors, his John Deere mower, homemade French fries, Bronco’s burgers, room temp beer, Danny’s Bar & Grill, and his ’58 Ford. He also loved chopping wood, repurposing old farm equipment, sitting on the cabin dock, or around a good fire. Creating out of metal, leather, and wood was an ongoing passion project. He would finish his days watching Gunsmoke and Mash until they were replaced by American Pickers and Mountain Men. He especially cherished the time he spent at his brother’s acreage in Blair, Nebraska, the Hooker family farm in Primrose, and he and his cousin’s creation, “The Woodshed” near Ft Calhoun.
After a valiant battle with cancer, the fight ended on April 11, 2021. His final days were spent at home, wrapped in the love of his family.
He is survived by wife, Janet; children: Jared Bodammer (Jill) of Sioux City, Iowa; Brandon Bodammer (Amy) of Omaha, Nebraska; Tara Ackerson (Dave) of Glenwood, Iowa; and nine grandchildren: Hunter, Braeden, Allie, Hannah, Landon, Tristan, Ella, Lily, and Taelyn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hank and Vera Bodammer.
Rich and family are in our prayers. Really loved the many many years of pitching horseshoes together.
We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs and Prayers to all of you.
Janet, Jared, Brandon, and Tara, I am so sorry to see this in the paper today. All of you are a wonderful family, and I can always remember Rich standing by the copy machine at UH fixing it. My heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time of sadness. May God be with you and God Bless.
Sorry for your lost. Had many good times throwing horseshoes both against and with Rich.
So sorry to hear Rich has passed. You are all blessed with many precious memories and they will always comfort each of you. Love, prayers and hugs!
Prayers for the entire family. ! Richard snd Janet were great parents. Their kind and caring children are evidence of that!
Prayers for the Entire family. The Bodammers raised kind and caring children!
Deepest sympathy for the passing of Rich. Keeping you and all the family in my prayers.
We are so sorry for your loss. I worked with Rich at Konica Minolta and it was always a pleasure. We are praying for your family. God bless you.
Agree with David Moore
Rich and Janet raised a wonderful family. Their children were a delight to work with. My heart goes out to you. Hugs and sending all of you my love.
Sorry to hear of Rich passing. I served with him in Sky 4 on the NEWPORT NEWS, during the Vietnam War. He was a fun loving, and ornery friend. He was a good man then, and I can see he was a good husband and father. Sadly missed you folks st our 2008 Navy reunion. Fair winds and following seas old friend and shipmate.