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Rudolf Bodenschatz

August 17, 1926 ~ June 1, 2021 (age 94)


Rudolf Anton "Rudy" Bodenschatz, 94, of Cape Girardeau, formerly of New Wells, passed away Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.

He was born August 17, 1926, in New Wells, son of Oscar A. and Paula Schuessler Bodenschatz. He and Wilma were married Sept. 7, 1951 in St. Louis. She passed away March 24, 2014.

Rudy grew up in the New Wells area. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees during WWII from Jan, 5, 1945 to June 19, 1946, earning the rank of E-3. He was a television repairman for Famous Barr-St. Louis for many years, retiring in 1990. He and Wilma lived in St. Louis for over 60 years, returning to New Wells in 2005. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, and Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson.

Loving survivors include a daughter, Joyce (Brad) Hutson of Altenburg, Missouri; two grandchildren, Tara Donley of Jackson and Wade Hutson of Crystal City, Missouri; two great-grandchildren, Levi and Vincent Donley of Jackson; and two sisters, Erna Kleine of Mehlville, Missouri and Clara Weber of Arnold, Missouri.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, Wilma Bodenschatz, he was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Leonard "Red" Bodenschatz, and a grandson, Dallan Hutson.

Visitation will be from 9 - 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. Steven Theiss officiating.

Interment will follow in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in New Wells, with full military honors.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Immanuel Lutheran School Tuition Fund or Missouri Veteran Home in Cape Girardeau.

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Public Viewing
June 5, 2021

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Wells MO
304 County Road 516
New Wells, MO 63732

Funeral Service
June 5, 2021

11:00 AM
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Wells MO
304 County Road 516
New Wells, MO 63732

Graveside Service
June 5, 2021

12:15 PM
Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, New Wells
(located at Junction of Hwy C & County Road 517)
Altenburg, MO 63732


Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (New Wells, Mo.)
304 Co Rd 516, New Wells MO 63732
Tel: 1-573-833-6933
Web: http://

MVH (Missouri Veterans Home) Foundation
Attn: Kristen Pind, Volunteer Services, 2400 Memorial Drive, Cape Girardeau MO 63701
Tel: 1-573-290-5870

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