Johnny Alan Bodnar, Sr.
|Posted 2021-01-10 by mhenderson|
|Published in Today's News-Herald on Jan. 10, 2021 -|
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -
John A. Bodnar ,Sr. passed away at Havasu Regional Hospital on
December 20th, 2020 due to covid complications. John was born on March
25th, 1935 in Barberton, Ohio to John and Mary (Badida) Bodnar.
John was a big brother to William Charles Bodnar of Barstow,
California and a sister, Mary Ann Davis of Fontana, California. The
family moved to Fontana in the early 1950s. John attended Chaffey High
School and graduated in 1954.
In September of 1954 John met Jerry Cowell and they knew instantly
that their lives would be together forever. They were united in
marriage November 24th, 1956 and they shared 64 wonderful years
together. John and Jerry were blessed with three beautiful children,
John Jr., Jody Ann, and Jeff. John was employed at Kaiser Steel Mill
in Fontana for almost 30 years and worked his way up to being a
heater. The mill shut down in 1985.
John loved working with wood. After the mill closed, John built
cabinets and sold them to a company in San Bernardino, California.
John joined Mount Olive Lutheran Church in 1992. He served as an usher
for many years with his wife and Lois and Don Jimison, until the start
of dementia set in. He loved his church.
Survivors include his wife, Jerry; son, John Bodnar Jr. (Nina) of Las
Vegas, Nevada; daughter, Jody Ann Garcia (Kenny); grandson, Jeff Jr.,
that he raised; and an exchange student, Hideki, from Japan, that was
like a son. John had 8 grandchildren, Brad Bodnar-Las Vegas, Nevada,
Tayber and Lea Garcia-Laguna Beach, California, Jeff Jr, Justin and
Jordan-Lake Havasu, Jennifer Douglas and Jarrod Bodnar-Pennsylvania;
11 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by his son, Jeff Sr.; parents, John and
Mary Bodnar; grandmother, Mary Badida, his sweet Baba, as she was
called; father-in-law, Robert Cowell Sr., that he was like a son to;
and many aunts, uncles, family and friends. We miss you dearly. Rest
in peace until we are once again united. Love you Much!
Funeral arrangements pending at a later date.
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