The Grand Encampment of Knights Templar

In Memoriam
To All Departed Sir Knights

S.K. Lawrence "Larry" Emanuel Bodine
September 19, 1932 - November 4, 2014
Served Kansas York Rite as
Grand High Priest
Most Illustrious Grand Master
Grand Commander

Lawrence "Larry" Emanuel Bodine, age 82, of Hays, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at Hays Medical Center. He was born September 19, 1932 in Enid, Oklahoma to Harold Wesley and Margery Olivia (Schafnitt) Bodine. He married Anna B. Woods in January of 1953. He then married Dolores "Dee" Schonthaler February 18, 1978 at St. John Lutheran Church.
Larry started his career with the Derby Kansas Police Department and then became a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper and also served as a pilot during his 23 year career retiring in 1988. He was also a US Marine veteran serving during the Korean conflict and retired from the Army National Guard after 20 years of service.
He was a 60 year member of the Hays Masonic Lodge #195 where he has served as Master. He was also past Grand High Priest of Kansas, Most Illustrious Grand Master of Kansas and Grand Commander of Kansas. He was also a past patron of Eastern Star Hays Chapter #228 and served many other appendant Masonic bodies. He was a member and past president of the Hays Lions Club. He also was a past District Govennor for the state of Kansas. He attended St. John Lutheran Church of Ellis.
He is survived by his wife, Dee of the home; two daughters, Paula K. Tajchman and husband Lloyd of Topeka and Rebecca L. Cole of St. James City, FL; two grandchildren, Wade A. Tajchman and wife Kris and Rebecca A. Drews and husband Mike all of Topeka and three great grandchildren, Logan and Dylan Tajchman and Kaylee Beth Drews all of Topeka.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Monday, November 10, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church located 7 miles North of Ellis. Burial wasl followed in the church cemetery with military honors courtesy of the Legion Riders of Hays and the Kansas Army national Guard. A Masonic service took place led by Tim Miller.
Visitation was held on Sunday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. A prayer service was held at 7:00 PM followed by an Eastern Star service all at Brock's Keithley Funeral Chapel 2509 Vine hays, KS 67601. Visitation on Monday was at the church 12:30 PM until service time.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Knight Templar Eye Foundation or Masonic Foundation Cancer Research Endowment Foundation.
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