Joseph Lewis Bode

November 17, 1938 ~ July 23, 2020 (age 81)


Brunswick - Joseph Lewis Bode, 81, of Crescent Lane died Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Samaritan Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Troy, he was son of the late William Bode and Nolte Griesen Bode and husband for 55 years of Eleanor  Wheeler Bode. He had resided in Center Brunswick for 76 years and attended McKinley School and Troy High School.  In his younger years, he spent time working on local farms in Brunswick and worked at the former Misty Hill Stables with their show horses. He also worked at Duncan’s Dairy Bar.  

Joe  was an Outside Plant Technician for Verizon for 30 years, retiring in 2000 and prior to that worked for NY Telephone, Norton Company and Behr-Manning.   

He was a former member of the Center Brunswick Volunteer Fire Company and its bowling league and a member of Rensselaer County Community Emergency Response Team.  He was an active member of Gilead Lutheran Church  and volunteer for community outreach at Gilead.  He was a veteran of the Army National Guard, serving for 30 years. 

He enjoyed working outside, building and fixing and enjoyed his time at the family camp on Schroon Lake.

Survivors in addition to his wife include a daughter, Cynthia Bode, Center Brunswick; a son, Joseph L. Bode, Jr., Brunswick; a grandson, Thomas R. Hansen, Brunswick; a sister Nolte (Dale) Baxter, Speigletown; a brother, William (Barbara) Bode, Jr., Appleton, WI; a brother-in-law, Robert Sy, Cordova, TN; several nieces and nephews; Mary and his pets, Lola, James and Kit-Kit. He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Sy. 

Relatives and friends may call at the Gilead Lutheran Church  308 Brick Church Rd, Routes 7 & 278 Center Brunswick on Tuesday, July28, 2020 from 4-7PM. 

Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 10AM at the Gilead Lutheran Church with Rev. Jeff Silvernail, officiating. Face covering and social distancing are required both outside and inside during visitation and services.

Interment will be in  Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Schuylerville.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Joseph Lewis Bode to the Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Gilead Lutheran Church Gilead Lutheran Church PO Box 26 Cropseyville, NY 12052. 

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July 28, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gilead Lutheran Church
308 Brick Church Road
Troy, NY 12180

Funeral Service
July 29, 2020

10:00 AM
Gilead Lutheran Church
308 Brick Church Road
Troy, NY 12180

Graveside Service
July 29, 2020

12:30 PM
Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
200 Duell Road
Schuylerville, NY 12871


Wounded Warrior Project
4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

Gilead Lutheran Church
PO Box 26, Cropseyville NY 12180

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