Posted: Wed 8:31 AM, Jan 09, 2013
Funeral Home: Strickland Funeral Home
August 2, 1952 - January 6, 2013
Oscar E. "Butch" Bode III, 60, of Bandera, passed away on January 6, 2013 in San Antonio. He was born in Brenham, Texas to Oscar Jr. and Doris Helmer Bode on August 2, 1952. He married Linda Barnett on November 1, 1992.
Butch, a gold card member of the PRCA, was well known in the rodeo community, as well as the horse industry. He trained horses and participated in rodeos most of his life, riding cutting horses throughout his high school years and participating in Youth Rodeos. He was the third left-handed calf roper to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo. Butch also qualified for the Texas Circuit Finals numerous times in both roping and bulldogging, as well as qualifying for the World Finals in 1996 for bulldogging. He was a loving husband, loved his family and believed in God. He was crazy about his grandkids, whom affectionately called him "PaPa".
Butch is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Kathy Bode; and his brother Bruce Brian Bode.
Butch is survived by his wife, Linda Bode of Bandera; his mother-in-law, Edith Barnett; his daughter, Sara Balcar and husband Eddie Castillo of Bandera; his sons, Oscar E. "Buster" Bode IV and wife Kristi of Jarrell, Texas and Bruce Bode of Milano; his sisters, Brenda Klotz and husband Larry of Montgomery, and Sharon Pennell of Bryan; his grandchildren, Bayle Bode, Oscar E. "Bryce" Bode V and Emily M. Castillo; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation took place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell. Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2013 in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the camp for kids: Joe Beaver Roping, 1329B University Ave., Huntsville, TX 77340.
You are invited to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link.
Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels.