George F. "Fred" Bode, 83, of 7219 Mountain Church Road in Middletown, Md., died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md.
He was the husband of Joyce B. Bode, whom he married Nov. 7, 1947.
He was owner of Magnetic Energy Products Co. Inc., an electronics/hydraulics company he founded in 1972.
Throughout his life, he was passionate about continued learning and education, where his love of mathematics and quantum physics would always prevail. These concepts would be the foundation for the electronics and hydraulics products he would design, build and repair for his own company.
He graduated in 1947 from Taylorville High School in Taylorville, Ill., enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1948.
Many of his earlier years also were spent in radio engineering. He was a graduate of Capital Radio Engineering Institute, and attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
He was an inventor and an environmentalist in his own right. He had a patent for a magnetic/electric motor. He was constantly filled with ideas. He concerned himself with the future of our world and the possibility of depleted resources. In the end, he was a kind and gentle man who was not only dedicated to his family, but to others as well. He would always put others ahead of himself.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Yvonne Marie Bode Childress and husband, Franklin, and Susan Bode Rudesill and husband, Tom, all of Middletown; three grandsons, Dustin Higgins and wife, Jacque, of Boonsboro, Md., and Alexander Childress and Christopher Rudesill of Middletown; one granddaughter, Kara Rudesill of Frederick, Md.; five nieces and nephews in Illinois; and two great-grandsons, Tyler and Bryant Higgins of Boonsboro.
He was preceded in death by premature, fraternal twin boys; one son, Fred Wesley, at age 4 1/2; and two sisters, Mary Mason and JoAnn Batty of central Illinois.
To celebrate his life, services will be Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 2212 Jefferson Pike, Knoxville, MD 21758.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to support research for leukemia and its cure, or to Hospice of Frederick County, Md.