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Montana News

Jun 20, 2012 3:39 PM by Bernie Riggs

Montana WWII vet losing home, but not giving up

(PLAINS, MT) Montana veteran Warren "Renn" Bodeker helped to win World War II, but is now losing his personal battle to save his home and the land on which his wife is buried.

Until last year, Bodeker and his wife Lorna were living in the house that they built together, until Lorna lost her battle against cancer.

Bodeker said, "Because of the medical bills...they really started toward the end...it wasn't any great amount that we were in debt for, [but] we filed bankruptcy and it just blew up from there."

He lost his house in bankruptcy court, and recently found out that he has prostate cancer.

The land on which the house stands also includes the resting place of his wife, where Bodeker had also hoped to be buried one day; "I don't want to be away from my wife," he said.

Thanks to the help of some friends, Bodeker has already taken all of his possessions out of the home, but now he must exhume his wife's body within the next 30 days.

Bodeker, now 89, earned two Bronze Stars while making three combat jumps in the Pacific theatre during WWII, and now his fellow veterans have rallied together to help him through these trying times.

Oath Keepers President Stewart Rhodes explained, "Whatever else happens, we're going to do what we can to ease his pain."

Bodeker will be staying with a close friend, Roxsanna Ryan, someone who has been by his side for the last three months.

"We owe it to them [World War II veterans] to allow them to live their lives in the best way that they want to live it," Ryan said. "And that's all Renn asks."

"I think I've told you before, through this I've met some fantastic people," Renn reflected. "Even though it's been a terrible struggle."

Bodeker has still not given up. He is trying to find a lawyer to help him keep his house.

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