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BODE, Henry 1845-1900


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 12/27/2016 at 15:15:49

The funeral services of Rev. Henry Bode were held Wednesday afternoon from the Christian Reformed church, two and one-half miles west of Wellsburg where he was pastor for several years. Rev. Timmerman, the present pastor, preached the sermon assisted by pastors from neighboring German churches.

--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 25 January 1900, pg 5


Will Martin went to Steamboat Rock Tuesday to meet the remains of Rev. Bode which were interred at the Dutch Reformed church three miles west of town.

--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 25 January 1900, pg 8


Leighton.--Rev. Henry Bode was born in Hanover Province, Prusia, in 1845. He emigrated to America with his parents in 1854. In May 1894 he accepted a call to become the pastor of the Christian Reformed Church here. Several months ago he complained of a misery in his side. His suffering grew more intense and the disease became more pronounced until the doctors pronounced it a cancer of the bowels. He spent a while at Bloomfield, Iowa, at the hospital but received no benefit and then on the 12th of this month he went to the Presbyterian hospital in Chicago but they could not do anything that would help him. On Friday morning his son Boyd, who was with him, noticed that he was rapidly growing worse and wired to his mother to come at once. She started from Oskaloosa on that evening train but did not arrive in time to see him alive as his spirit had taken his flight at 9:30 that evening the 19th inst. Age--54 years, 11 months and 5 days. The remains were brought here on the 2 o'clock train on Monday. Immediately after there was a short service held at the house by the Rev. H. Tysse and then the remains were taken to his church, which was very nicely draped in mourning, and the regular funeral services held, conducted by the Rev. Vanderkief of Pella, in the Holland language and Rev. Westenberg of Peoria, in the English language. The remains were taken to Oskaloosa to go north on the 7:30 Central train, accompanied by his family and a few friends to Wellsburg, where he was laid beside his children, who had gone on before. He left a devoted wife, three sons and three daughters to mourn his departure. By his nearly six years of life that he spent here he won the esteem of all classes of people and will all unite in saying that a good man has fallen. They are not only united in that but unite in extending to the bereaved wife and children their deepest sympathy. There was the largest attendance of any funeral that was ever held here.

--Oskaloosa Herald (Oskaloosa, Iowa), 25 January 1900, pg 5


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