FRANCIS MARION BODELL
Francis Marion Bodell, 86, of Las Vegas, passed peacefully at home in Las Vegas on September 10, 2021. “Marion” was born on June 23, 1935 in Panaca, Nevada to James Chester Bodell and Laurine Lee.
Marion graduated from Lincoln County High School. He met his future wife Irene at the movie theater in Caliente, Nevada. They were married on August 17, 1956 in Panaca, Nevada. After Marion served two years in the US Army; they moved to Las Vegas, where they lived for 61 years. Marion was a hard worker who always provided for his family. He worked for many years with Southwest Gas and later D & C Builders. Marion enjoyed camping, fishing and car racing very much. He raced at Craig Road Speedway in the 70’s and still had his 1st place trophy he had won. A huge NASCAR fan, he never missed a race. He was also a loyal UNLV Rebel basketball fan, and more recently, a Vegas Golden Knights fan. Marion had a great heart, with many friends who enjoyed his company, sense of humor, and wonderful life stories. He will be missed so very much & we were blessed to have him here with us for these 86 years.
He is survived by his son James Bodell of Las Vegas; daughter Teri Wenz (Mark) of Starke, Florida; daughter Pamela Allen (Larry) of Las Vegas; son Gary Bodell (Karen) of Pioche, Nevada; sister Lorna Lee Price of Elko, Nevada; brother Chester Kay Bodell (Marilee) of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister Mary Lynn Dalton (Richard) of Elko, Nevada; grandchildren Elisa Valdez, Tyler Valdez, Derek Cope, Austin Allen, Nick Allen, and many nieces and nephews. Marion was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Irene Bodell, brother Mahlon Wilkinson, and sister Rhea Fisher.
As per his wishes, no services be held. Marion will be interred at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada at a later date along with his loving wife Irene.
Hey Daddio, I know you tried to make it to Thanksgiving for me. But the Lord saw your broken heart & exhausted body so he called you to rest. Now you are with Mom again…& your heart is whole. I will miss you every single day until we see each other again. You were the best Dad a daughter could hope for & I appreciate everything you did for me. I will do my best to make you proud, as you always made me so proud. You taught me everything but how to live without you. I love you, Dad. Rest in paradise.
What a beautiful testament to the relationship between father and daughter. How special to see the influence he had by knowing what a wonderful loving daughter he and his wife nurtured in their lifetime
RIP Francis. Thank you for your beautiful daughter Teri. She is a dear who I’ve known for over 50:years. Dance with your wife and share a dance with Jesus. God’s blessings on your family.