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Bode makes Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

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Bandera's Butch Bode will be posthumously inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame this April.

A true "Texas Rodeo Cowboy," Oscar E. 'Butch' Bode III, will be posthumously inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame, located in the Fort Worth Stockyards, on April 11 and 12. He passed away in January 2013. Bode was the son of Oscar E. Bode Jr. and Doris Helmer Bode of Brenham.
A cowboy through and through, as a youth he worked at his father's sale barn after school and during the summers, rode and showed cutting horses. He participated in youth rodeos while in high school. He trained horses throughout his cowboy career.
In addition to qualifying numerous times for the Texas Circuit Finals in both roping and steer wrestling, Bode was only the fourth left-handed calf roper ever to compete in the 1976 National Finals Rodeo. In 1996, he qualified in steer wrestling in the World Finals.
During his lifetime career in the rodeo arena, Bode participated in PRCA rodeos and jackpots across Texas, the rest of the United States and in Canada. He became a gold card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, a member of the Cowboys Regional Rodeo Association, United States Team Roping Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.
In 1971, he earned Rookie of the Year of the International Rodeo Association. The next year, he joined the PRCA and qualified for his first NFR in 1976.
Additionally, in 1973, Bode attended Western Texas College in Snyder on a rodeo scholarship and that year, won the calf roping - now tie-down roping - event at the college finals, in Bozeman, Montana.
During the last few years of his life, Bode began team roping and continued the sport until his death. He competed on Dec. 19, 2012, at a team roping at the Rose Palace in San Antonio and passed away Jan. 6, 2013. He was truly a "Texas Rodeo Cowboy."
Bode is survived by his wife, Linda Bode; daughter Sara Lynn Balcar; sons, Oscar E. "Buster" Bode IV and Bruce Brian Bode; sisters, Brenda Klotz and Sharon Pennell; and grandchildren, Bayle Raye Bode, Oscar E. "Bryce" Bode V and Emily Mae Castillo.