He was born June 16, 1935 near Glen, Minn. in Nordlund Township. After living a short time in Superior, Wis., the family moved to Bock, Minn. when he was still young. He grew up there helping with the family dairy farm. Bud graduated from Milaca High School in 1953. After graduating, he worked as a mechanic and served in the Army, being honorably discharged in 1961. In 1961, he married Ingrid Ledermann with her daughter, Donna, and divorced some years later. He then married Judy Zaun with her son David. Together they had 4 children, Dennis, Dustin, Darcy and Darrin. Bud and Judy divorced in 1986. He continued working as a mechanic for many years. He lived his last five years at St. Benedict’s Assisted Living in Monticello, Minn.
Bud was a quiet man who always loved to spend time with his sisters, their families and son Dennis playing cards or any type of game indoors or outdoors. If he wasn’t joining in, he was quietly observing and appreciating the time he spent with them. He enjoyed reading westerns and watching western shows and movies, spending time at the casino, and playing games on the computer. He had an amazing memory and knew everyone. He made an impression on the lives of everyone he met.
Bud was preceded in death by his father Oscar Bodin, mother Ellen (Bodin) Whiteford, stepfather Andrew Whiteford, stepsister Sharon, stepbrother Greg, and infant grandson Matthew.
Bud is survived by his stepson David Zaun of Forest Lake; Son Dennis Bodin of Pine City; son Dustin Bodin of St. Cloud; daughter Darcy Bodin of Cambridge-Isanti; son Darrin Bodin of Maple Lake; grandchildren Lawrence Zaun, Katrina Barnes, Kaitlin Zaun, Aaron Bodin, and twins Teresa and Trevor Bodin; sisters Dee Anna Kalm of Big Lake; Phyllis and Red Klumper of Big Lake; brothers Tony and Daisy Bodin of Aitkin; Orran and Lorna Bodin of Washington; Burton and Doris Bodin of Oregon; stepbrother Alan and Mavis Whiteford of Zimmerman; many nieces, nephews and friends.
A family service will be held at Fort Ripley cemetery where he will be honored for his service.