HUDSON - Paul Henry Bodden of Laurel Lake, Hudson, Ohio, died July 25 of complications from Parkinson’s disease. His wife of 62 years, Marian S. (Molly), was at his side.
Paul was born November 18, 1930 in Lafayette, IN, and moved to Northampton, MA in 1945. He graduated from Harvard College and attended officer candidate school in the US Navy, serving as chief gunnery officer and First Lieutenant on the destroyer USS Hickox from 1952 to 1956.
He began his professional career with Euclid Road Machinery Company, which became Terex Corporation, a division of General Motors. An enthusiast of heavy machinery, he spent his career in sales, rising from sales trainee to Executive VP, Sales and Marketing. He especially enjoyed time working on projects in the field: mines, dams, highways, and other large construction projects both domestically and abroad. Beginning in Euclid and then Chagrin Falls, he and Molly and family moved with Euclid/Terex to Glen Ellyn, IL, Atlanta, GA, Hudson, and Glasgow, Scotland, before returning to Hudson, where he spent the last 35 years. Paul and Molly continued to travel the world after he retired in 1987.
Honest and energetic, believing in making a contribution to the community, Paul served on the Hudson School Board from 1974 to 1980, the last five years as president. He was a leader in the construction of the Hudson High School (1992), the new Hudson Library and Historical Society, and the Veterans Way clocktower sculpture.
Paul was a craftsman, spending countless hours in his woodworking shop, building furniture in his own home, as well as teaching his children and grandchildren to use tools. He created wonderful and lasting memories with his imaginative photograph albums and writings, including three books: a 250-page genealogy of the Bodden family, a compilation of his own childhood experiences, and stories of his naval career. He enjoyed following current events, the financial markets, and sports, especially with a close group of friends at Laurel Lake. Paul also loved being outdoors. He had a large vegetable garden. He rode his bicycle on local trails as well as on the weeklong Great Ohio Bike Adventure and Wheeling Washington. He planned family canoeing and camping trips in the USA and Canada, including in the Okefenokee Swamp, Algonquin Provincial Park, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In recent years, he received immense pleasure riding his recumbent tricycle.
Most importantly, Paul was devoted to his family, "by far my most precious and important blessing." In addition to his wonderful wife, Molly, Paul is survived by his twin brother, John M. Bodden (Barbara) of Glendale, CA, his children Lynn Carman Bodden (Peter JB Carman) of Schenectady, NY, Suzanne Fondriest (Fabian J.) of Boston, MA, Kurt Bodden of Oakland, CA, and AFS exchange student "son" Giuseppe "Beppe" Spiga (Agata) of Cento, Italy. He is also survived by his grandchildren Luke Carman (Andi), Benjamin Carman (Shelli Brown), Fabian P. Fondriest, Natalie Fondriest and Leo Fondriest, sisters-in-law Irene of Maui, HI and Louise of Needham, MA, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, William A. and Dorothy S. Bodden, and his brothers Michael A. and Thomas A. Bodden.
A celebration of Paul’s life is being planned by the family for August 24 at 2pm at Laurel Lake, 200 Laurel Lake Drive, Hudson, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to the Hudson City Schools, the Hudson Public Library and Historical Society, or a charity of your choice. (HH, 8/12/18)