Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
July 26, 2012 11:25 am EDT


ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Ned A. Boddy, 87, of Escondido, Calif., died Monday. July 23, 2012.

He was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Ross and Elizabeth (Ashcraft) Boddy. He had resided in Escondido since 1983.

Ned is survived by his wife, Jean Pinkley Boddy; two sons, Steven Boddy and William Boddy; a daughter, Rebecca Boddy King; two granddaughters, Kim Boddy and Jennifer King Salas; twin grandsons, Adam and David Boddy; and his brother, Gregory Boddy.

Ned was a 1942 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he completed his degree at Otterbein College then began a career at Cooper-Bessemer. In 1948, he wed Jean Pinkley of Mount Vernon, beginning 64 wonderful years of marriage. Ned was a great husband, father and grandfather, and will be remembered for his smile and sense of humor. He loved photography, hunting, fishing, camping, ham radio and music. He could figure out how to fix almost any mechanical or electrical gadget, and built the family’s first color TV from a kit. As a stereo buff, his home was always filled with music. Ned was the world’s most patient fisherman, and, as a skilled photographer, always had photos to back up his fishing tales. He was active in the Masons and served as a deacon and elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon.

In 1983, Ned retired from Cooper’s and moved to Southern California, where he could be close to two of his children, and enjoy his expanding role as grandpa. He continued his Christian service at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Escondido, where he served as an elder and in a leadership role for the Mariners’ couples group. He also used his photographic and video skills at Westminster.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Redwood Terrace Retirement Home in Escondido. Memorial gifts may be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1500 S. Juniper St., Escondido, CA 92025.

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