Joseph Day Bodman

1914 - 2012

Joseph Day Bodman, 97, passed away September 4, 2012, at his home at
Wheatland Village, 1500 Catherine Street, Walla Walla, Washington.
Joseph was born December 26, 1914, in Alsask, Saskatchewan
Canada to George Pratt and Luella Clara McCracken Bodman.

He graduated from Washington State College in 1938, with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
On October 9, 1939, he and his teenage sweetheart,
Dorothy Jane Grummett, married in Fairbanks, Alaska.
He worked as a surveyor for a mining company in
Fairbanks, then designed military bases while with the
Corps of Engineers in Seattle. During World War II, he
enrolled in the US Coast Guard Reserve Port Security
in Seattle. After the war, he worked as a consulting
engineer in Seattle and Anchorage, Alaska. He also
served as engineer and manager for the Bellevue Water
District from 1948 to 1951, returning to the Seattle
District of the Corps of Engineers in 1951 for design of
military bases in Alaska, then transferred to the Corps
of Engineers Mediterranean Construction Division
in Morocco and Italy. This involved extensive travel
to projects in Morocco, Libya, Greece, Turkey, Iran,
Pakistan and Eritrea. He returned to the US as Chief
Engineer for construction of the Titan Ballistic missile
program in Washington State. He served as Chief
Engineer for Minuteman construction in Missouri,
returning to Walla Walla as Chief Engineer for
construction of Little Goose Dam on the Snake River.
He retired as Value Engineer from the Walla Walla
District Corps of Engineers.

As a professional engineer, he was life member and
fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers,
life member of B.P.O.E. Lodge #287 of Walla Walla,
honorary member of the Walla Walla Country Club,
and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of
Walla Walla.

Joe is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter
and son-in-law, Nancy and Ward Glessner; son and
daughter-in-law, George R. and Debbie Bodman;
sister, Karolyn Curry; two grandchildren: Kiffen
(Ken) Roberts and Dirk (Danielle) Glessner; five
great-grandchildren: Annika and Katrina Roberts and
Britt, Gabi, and Blake Glessner; and many nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a
daughter, Judith Day; three sisters, Mary, Luella and
Alice; and two brothers: John and Oramel Bodman.

The memorial service will be 10:00 A.M. Monday,
September 10, 2012, at the First Presbyterian Church.
Rev. Albert Gillin will officiate. Memorial contributions
may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice
through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles
Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Friends may write memories and sign the online
guestbook at
or write a personal note to Dorothy at 1500 Catherine Street, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

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