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Donald “Don” L. Bodeker

Donald "Don" L. Bodeker


Donald “Don” Lee Bodeker, 73, of Sparta, IL, died Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.

He was born on October 7, 1945 in Sparta, IL to Elmer and Gloria, nee Gillison, Bodeker.

He is survived by his Wife – Carol Eileen, nee Floyd, Bodeker whom he married in Chester, IL in 1967; Daughters – Chris (John) Watkins of Ellis Grove, IL and Sheila (Robert) Otto of Pinckneyville, IL; Grandchildren – Ceirra Rains, Amber (Lester) Lohman, Catlyn (Marcus) Sawyer, Garrin (Kim) Otto, Chelsea Otto and Jordan Otto; Five Great Grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents – Elmer and Gloria Bodeker; Son – Oscar Lee Taylor Bodeker; Sister – Jeanie Meyer.

He worked at Sparta Printing for 28 years in the press room and Gilster Mary Lee for 15 years. Don was a member of the American Legion in Sparta, IL.

Military Funeral Honors will be conducted by the Navy Funeral Honors Detail and the Sparta VFW Post #2698.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Memorials may be made to the family.

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 4:00pm with Pastor Tom Klausing officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, IL at a later date.

Heil – Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Trude McCubbin says:

    Don had a very big heart he was the type of guy who would help anyone who needed it. I am so glad I met him at gilster in Steeleville. May God be with his family

  2. Charles Newton says:

    Heaven gained another Great one! Don you will be missed friend!

  3. Susie Kontz says:

    my thoughts and prayers are with you all take care of each other and the lord will take care of you .

  4. SHEILA says:

    I love you so much dad I will always miss you so much I will remember all the good memories of all of us from being my childhood and up to your to death I wish I could bring you back but I know that’s not how it works until I see you again I can say at least your not suffering you have for a long time see you when I see you again rest in peace love you always your baby daughter sheila Otto

  5. Mike Wilson/Sparta,Illinois says:

    My sincere prayers are reaching out to the entire Don Bodeker Family! I also worked at Spartan Printing with Don for many years. Don was a great “Printing Pressman” by far and who loved his profession of 28 plus years in the printing trade. To the Bodeker Family, during this moment in your life I say, remain strong in your faith, continue to believe in Jesus Christ and wait until the day Our Lord Jesus calls all of us true believers home where we will live with Him forever! Amen!

  6. Sorry to hear about Donald. We worked together many years.Condered Don a close friend.

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