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Kurt A. Bodager

October 7, 1965 ~ August 24, 2018 (age 52)

Kurt A. Bodager

DALTON - Kurt Allen Bodager was born October 7th, 1965 to Dick and Karen Bodager and on August 24th, 2018 he passed away after an extremely short and shocking fight with cancer. It takes some their entire lives to find their passion, and some never do. Kurt was one of the lucky ones in that he discovered his passions very early on in life, and got to spend his whole life pursuing them. From a young age Kurt loved anything with wheels. He spent his childhood racing around Dalton on his dirt bike, as a little boy he crashed Matchbox cars into each other on his parent’s living room floor, and as an adult he adored Harley Motorcycles. He had several over the years and was thoroughly faithful to Harley, and formed a lot of friendships over the bikes. He also spent quite a lot of time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and he was an especially avid mushroom hunter. Like any self-respecting mushroom hunter, he never gave up his “spot”, taking that juicy secret with him when he left. Kurt was a fiercely loyal person, he was also generous, thoughtful and loving. He refused to buy into the smartphone hype, and yet every holiday, birthday and sometimes just because, he would send his family and friends well wishes, jokes, and happy thoughts via T9. He was one of the most judgement-free men you may have ever encountered, almost to a fault. He was the kind of man who would offer a friend in need a place on the couch, a ride to work, and he gave everyone he ever met the benefit of the doubt, it didn’t matter if someone’s reputation preceded them, Kurt was willing to give them a chance. He was stubborn and defiant concerning so-called societal “norms”, and if someone didn’t fit the “mold”, that was of little concern to Kurt. He was a kind hearted, free spirit who swam upstream, living an authentic life by his own rules. Which unfortunately, as there are a few rules we are supposed to follow, may have landed him in hot water a time or two. Such is life when you’re a little bit ornery and something of a rebel. However, he was always able to find the joke in any situation and had an excellent sense of self-deprecating humor. Nothing cracked him up more than himself. Kurt too, was a father, son, brother and uncle, and to anyone that calls themself family to him can attest to his devotion. There are none he loved more than his son Kyle. Kyle, to Kurt, was his life’s most successful endeavor. Nothing made him more proud and nothing he ever did was as big of an accomplishment as Kyle is and was to him. He also adored his parents, his sister, brother-in-law, his cousin Joe, and his niece, nephew and great-niece and nephew. He loved his family more than anything, they were the most important things in his life. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by his beloved son, Kyle Bodager, his sister Kelly Lehman and her husband Craig, his nephew Ben Lehman, niece Caitlyn George, her husband Tony George, and their children, Kurt’s great niece and nephew, Sofia and Dominic George. In lieu of flowers, we have an unconventional request: we, the family, ask that in honor of Kurt’s memory, you see the good in everyone today, just as Kurt always did. He looked beyond tattooed exteriors and rough reputations, and instead, saw souls. As does Jesus, who Kurt found just before he passed, and who too, sees the good in all of us.  Matthew 18:12.   Private services will be held by the family.  Online obituary and guest registry are available at

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