Dan Bodoh passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by friends on Saturday, September 23, 2023.
Dan was an unexpected Christmas gift to his family, being born on December 23, 1963, 1 month pre-mature while his family was on vacation visiting grandparents for the holidays. He attended grade school, middle school and high school in Tuscola.
Services celebrating Dan’s life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, October 7, at the Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home, 705 South Main Street, Tuscola. A gathering of friends and family will be held at Wimple Park following the service on Saturday.
Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, October 9, at the Lake View Memorial Park, 2786 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh, Wis.
Dan inherited his musical talents from his maternal grandmother and enjoyed playing the baritone in the Tuscola band. He particularly liked to march in the parades. He also could be found in his life-long friend, Gary Wallace’s basement playing in a rock-n-roll band. Later on, Dan taught himself to play the piano by ear and was adept at playing Boogie-Woogie. If there was a piano available anywhere, he would sit down and entertain people with his rambunctious totally, improvised tunes.
Dan learned the art of painting vehicles and was meticulously detailed and painted everything from semi-trucks and trailers to motorcycle fenders and gas tanks. He also learned every trick in the trade for detailing the interior of vehicles and could make them look nearly brand new.
His father was an avid motorcycle rider and Dan was a natural. One of his biggest loves was to ride the Dragon Trail and other mountainous roads in the Smokey Mountains. When riding the curves, he looked like he was one with his motorcycle and the elements. Dan was into all things Harley-Davidson. He knew all the details about every Harley ever made; he knew how to maintain them, and he knew how to detail and paint them. His love of motorcycles led him to work for Andrea’s Harley-Davidson in Urbana, where he worked in the parts department and helped customers figure out what was needed to fix the problems they were having with their motorcycles.
In addition to music and Harley’s, Dan enjoyed training and playing with his cats and vegetable gardening in the summer.
He is survived by his sisters, Susan Mosher, who resides in Montrose, Colo., and Sandra Becker, who resides in Vancouver, Wash.; in addition to several first cousins and an uncle who lives in Wisconsin and numerous friends in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Alabama.
Memorials are suggested to EveryCat Health Foundation, 637 Wyckoff Ave., Suite 336, Wyckoff, NJ 07481.
Online condolences may be shared via hilligossshraderfh.com.