Andrew Elmer Bodin

Andrew Elmer Bodin, 70, died at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, June 30, 2002, of a lingering illness.

Andy, as he was known, was born Feb. 27, 1932, in Aitkin County, Minn., and was the fifth child of Andrew and Emma (Lindevig) Bodin. He started drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil. He completed most of his education in Minnesota schools, but graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle.

He completed a four-year tour in the Army, both in the United States and Europe. During the time he was in the Army, he had a comic strip in “Stars & Stripes.” After the Army he attended the Seattle Art Institute.

He was a very accomplished artist and illustrator. He designed the commemorative coin for the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair and two award-winning floats for SeaFair. He did many state projects, including an illustration of each of the different species of fish for the Department of Fisheries. That drawing hangs at Bonneville Dam.

After he moved to the Tri-Cities, he was an illustrator for Batelle N.W. He also did many paintings and pen-and-ink drawings.

Since his retirement he had lived in Rochester, where he did landscape drawing and architectural elevations.

He is survived by four children, Michael Bodin of Napa, Idaho; Connie Reid, Sharon Down, and Patrick Bodin of Salem, Ore.; four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Palmer Bodin of Rochester, and LeRoy Bodin of Oak Harbor; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Hubert, and sister Agnes Bishop. Interment was at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.