William A. “Bill” Bodenheimer, 89, passed away on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at his home in
Mineral Bluff, Georgia. William was born January 30, 1932 in Thomasville, North Carolina to Hal
and Oppie Bodenheimer. He was a resident of Mineral Bluff, Georgia for the last few years and
was a former resident of Auburndale and Lakeland, Florida for many years.
William was a lifelong plant mechanic and machinery line builder for Florida Tile Industries,
Food Machinery Corporation, and Ewell Concrete. He served his country in the Korean War
assigned to the United States Army and was honorably discharged. William loved sports and
played softball for many years in a men’s league. He hung up his glove to coach Little League
baseball while his son played. In his later years William loved to attend his granddaughter’s
softball games, rarely missing one. William also loved to fish, particularly enjoying trips and
fishing with his children and their families. For the last few years William moved to the
mountains of North Georgia where he loved to fish, watch the deer walk through his woods, and
observe the change of the fall leaves. He was called Pops in his later years and became quite
the beloved man in his mountain home.
After being married 54 years William was predeceased by his wife, Ruth, in 2016. He is survived
by his daughter, Anna Kestner (Mark); son, Art Bodenheimer (Pam); grandchildren, Laura
Lemon (Aaron) and Leslie Hilton; great grandchild, Cayden Hilton and five beloved nieces and
Visitation will begin at 2:30 pm with a funeral service to follow at 3:00 pm, on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Lakeland Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 2125 Bartow Road, Lakeland, FL 33801. A graveside service will immediately follow in the Memorial Gardens.
Click here to view a webcast of the service on 11/6/2021 at 02:55 PM, Eastern Standard Time.
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