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Bode Bode CALDWELL—Funeral services for Oscar E. “Butch” Bode III, 60, of Bandera will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell.

Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell.

Mr. Bode died Jan. 6 in San Antonio.

He was born Aug. 2, 1952, in Brenham to Oscar Jr. and Doris Helmer Bode.

He married Linda Barnett on Nov. 1, 1992.

A gold card member of the PRCA, Mr. Bode was well known in the rodeo community, as well as the horse industry. He trained horses and participated in rodeos most of his life, riding cutting horses throughout his high school years and participating in youth rodeos. He was the third left-handed calf roper to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo and he also qualified for the Texas Circuit Finals numerous times in both roping and bulldogging, as well as qualifying for the World Finals in 1996 for bulldogging.

Mr. Bode loved his family and believed in God. He was especially crazy about his grandchildren, whom affectionately called him “PaPa.”

Mr. Bode was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kathy Bode; and a brother Bruce Brian Bode.

Survivors are his wife, Linda Bode of Bandera; his mother-inlaw, Edith Barnett; a daughter, Sara Balcar and husband Eddie Castillo of Bandera; two sons, Oscar E. “Buster” Bode IV and wife Kristi of Jarrell, Bruce Bode of Milano; two sisters, Brenda Klotz and husband Larry of Montgomery, Sharon Pennell of Bryan; and three grandchildren, Bayle Bode, Oscar E. “Bryce” Bode V and Emily M. Castillo; also, numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the camp for children: Joe Beaver Roping, 1329B University Ave., Huntsville, TX 77340.


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