Stanley “Bode” Hill

Stanley “Bode” Hill


Mr. Stanley V. “Bode” Hill, 82, of Seymour, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 5:25 pm at Lutheran Community Home. He had been in declining health for a few years due to diabetes.

He was born in Seymour on February 18, 1938, the son of the late Edwin M. and Edith S. (Goens) Hill. On June 8, 1958, Bode married the love of his life, Carol J. (Kiel) Hill at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour. They celebrated 62 years of marriage.

Over the years, many people have asked about Bode’s nickname. His three older brothers started calling him Bud, but as a toddler, he mispronounced it Bode (with a silent e) and it stuck with him throughout his life.

Bode graduated from Seymour High School in 1956, where he participated in basketball, football, baseball, and ran track. He earned 15 varsity letters and various awards which earned him the first initiation into the Seymour High School Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017. He was one of the players on the only undefeated football team in the school’s history. Bode attended Indiana University on a basketball scholarship. Throughout his life, he continued to be an avid sports spectator, especially watching track meets and college football and basketball. He enjoyed playing golf and was a former member of The Seymour Elks Club. Bode was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and thoroughly enjoyed listening to gospel music, especially male quartets.

Bode was plant manager at Rich Ladder Company and Blazer Industries, owned Jackson Park Laundromat, served as Jackson Township Trustee for 8 years, and was a licensed private investigator.

Bode loved his family and will be greatly missed by his loving wife; sons, Daniel Hill and his wife Tammy, Phillip Hill; daughters, Angela Rodriguez and her husband Luis, Sara Howard and her husband Kevin; grandchildren, Lindzi Smith and her husband Joseph; Tyler Hill and his wife Kasey, Tasha Hill, Nikki Huff and her husband Jeremy, Brooke McCammon and her husband Cody, Kayla Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez, and Sydney Hill; great-grandchildren, Payton, Kooper and Hamilton Smith, Evan Schneider, Mason Huff, Grace and Carter McCammon, Kaleb Hill, and Abel Motsinger; brother, Baron Hill and his wife Betty; and sister, Linda Hackman and her husband Will.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandsons, Nathaniel V. Hill and Lucas G. Hill; brothers, Sherman “Tony” Hill, John M. Hill, Kenneth “Duke” Hill, and Mark W. Hill.

Funeral services for Bode will be conducted by Voss & Sons Funeral Service at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Wednesday, November 4 at 10:30 am with Revs. Ralph Blomenberg, Philip Bloch, Jimmy Rodriquez and Vicar Will Fredstrom officiating. Burial will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.

Family and friends may call at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Wednesday from 9:30 am until time of service. Masks are respectfully required before entering and anytime within the buildings of Voss & Sons Funeral Service and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be written to Immanuel Lutheran School or Lutheran Community Home, in care of Voss & Sons Funeral Service.

The family would like to thank the therapists and staff at Lutheran Community Home who provided Bode with loving attention.

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