Julius N Bodner
February 14, 1939 - February 22, 2018
Memorial Services for Julius Bodner, 79, a long-time Hereford resident will be celebrated Monday, February 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm. at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Kevin Bushart, pastor, officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Parkside Chapel Funeral Home. Julius died in his favorite sports viewing chair on February 22 at his Hereford home. A proud Hoosier and later a proud Texan, he loved playing the game of basketball and watching college basketball.
Julius Nelson Bodner was born February 14, 1939 in Beckley, West Virginia to Julius and Melva King Bodner. Julius graduated from Arcadia, Indiana in 1957. He then served 5 years in the United States Air Force Security Service stationed on Okinawa and in Northern Japan. On his return to the states, he attended night classes at San Antonio College in San Antonio, Texas. It was there that he met his future wife, Sharon Nesbit, through a mutual friend in a psychology class. They married November 23, 1963 in San Antonio, on a somber day following the assassination of President John Kennedy. Their marriage lasted 54 years. Shortly after their marriage, Julius accepted a management position at JC Penney that took them to Hamilton, Missouri for five years. They then moved to Hereford where Julius managed the local JC Penney for twenty years. After retiring from JC Penney, he agreed, at the request of Publisher Speedy Neiman, to fill in temporarily for a recuperating employee in the advertising department. He ended up staying 10 years at this temporary job. One of the great joys of his life, besides his grandson, was working alongside master gardeners as a volunteer at the E. B Black House gardens. This led to his third career as a gardener, which kept him happily working outside to make things beautiful. Mr. Bodner was an active member of First United Methodist Church and former member of the Hereford Lions Club.
Julius was preceded in death by his father Julius Bodner; his mother and step-father Melva and Ervin Lipps; his sister Carol Ann Bodner; brother-in-laws Ken Howe and Adrian Nesbit, and Adrian's wife June.
He is survived by his wife Sharon; son Jason Bodner, his wife Sarah, and grandson Drayton Dallas of San Antonio; sister-in-law Betty Howe and her son Brandon of San Antonio; niece and nephew Lorri Vaughan of Hondo and Scott Nesbit of San Antonio; close friends Chuck and Cleo Slagle of Houston, Drue Helms of Helotes, and his many Hereford friends and neighbors.
The family suggests Memorials be made in Mr. Bodnerís honor to the First United Methodist Church 501 N. Main St. Hereford, Texas 79045 or Kings Manor 400 Ranger, Hereford, Texas 79045.