Dr. Roy “Bodie” Franklin House, Jr.

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Date of Birth:
Thursday, January 19, 1939
Date of Death:
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Age:
83 years old

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Date: Saturday January 28, 2023
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Date: Saturday January 28, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

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Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, January 19, 1939
Date of Death:
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Age:
83 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, January 19, 1939
Date of Death:
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Age:
83 years old

Dr. Roy “Bodie” Franklin House, Jr.

Dr. Roy “Bodie” Franklin House Jr. passed away on December 3, 2022, at the age of 83 in Rochester, Minnesota. Bodie was devoted to his family, including his four children, Emily House, Ali Tuttle (Jeff), Seth House (Don Kienholz), and Rebecca Roehrdanz (Chuck); his grandchildren, Ben, Noah, Dylan, Logan, Owen, Markus, Andrew, and Kate; and his wife Betty. Bodie was passionate about traveling the world and embracing new adventures. He obtained his pilot’s license, but due to his “daredevil” nature only a crop duster was brave enough to take on the job as his flight instructor. Downhill skiing and tennis were his sports.  He was a great Bridge player and loved 500. He enjoyed engaging with people and always had words of wisdom to share, providing solace and comfort for many. An important part of his life was sharing his faith.  He was a member of Homestead Church and received great enjoyment from the connections he made with his bible study group over the years. He was endlessly curious about science and the cosmos, spending countless hours gazing up at the stars and sharing his knowledge of space with his children and grandchildren.

Bodie’s love of science inspired the creation of “Scientific Santa”, who would secretly leave science-related gifts for everyone under the Christmas tree every year. Another holiday favorite was the notorious House Christmas Party. This was an opportunity for Bodie to share his love of piano playing and singing as he gathered everyone around the piano to sing Christmas carols. But the big excitement of the evening was when Bodie would recite, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, with a familiar tone and tenor and would, inevitably, be interrupted by a knock at the door, and who should appear, but Old Saint Nick with a sack full of gifts. It was a cherished annual tradition.

Bodie took great pleasure in exposing his children and grandchildren to the arts, most notably musical theater, taking annual trips to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, which was enjoyed by all. One of his greatest joys was spending time down at “The Farm” near Chatfield, MN.  This area is known as “The Chosen Valley” and that is how he felt about Triple B Farm (Betty, Bodie, and Bunch). He was often seen heading off on his beloved 1950s Ford tractor with his Bush Hog mower in tow preparing to mow the numerous trails throughout the farm. He loved sharing the farm with family, friends, and colleagues, including many of his medical students. He and Betty hosted many outings that included neighborhood campouts, House family reunions, nature hikes, “Green Machine” (Polaris side-by-side) tours throughout the scenic 210 acres, canoeing and tubing adventures down the Root River, and showing off the tree house that Betty built.  In addition, he adored sharing many holidays with his family in the barn. Most of all, his passion was his work as a pediatrician and teacher in the study of medicine.

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas on January 19, 1939, to Roy Franklin House Sr. and Ruth Ivy Stephens, he had one older sister, Peggy, who was a constant support in his life. He had fond memories of growing up in Mountain Home, Arkansas in a small government village, while his father was employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he assisted in the planning and building of the Norfork Dam and the Bull Shoals Dam. Bodie attended Franklin County High School in Winchester, Tennessee. He earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Chemistry and a medical degree from the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis. After medical school he entered the United States Air Force and was stationed in Guam.  He received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his heroic acts and service. Upon returning stateside, he married Betty Jo Reynolds at Sewart AFB in Smyrna, Tennessee on October 27, 1967, and they proceeded to have four children in the next five years. After the Air Force he started his medical career in Family Practice in Red Bay, Alabama, and then moved to Rochester, Minnesota, to complete his Pediatric Residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Although Bodie never lost his southern drawl, Rochester would become home for the next 50 years.

During his 30+ year career as a pediatrician at Mayo, he treated countless patients with tremendous care and dedication, and was an exceptional diagnostician. Dr. House formed lifelong connections with many of his patients and their families, as well as his wonderful nurses. Dr. House influenced the education of many young physicians and valued the relationships with his medical students. He received numerous awards and honors, and served on a great many boards. He was a lifelong volunteer in the community.  His accomplishments in life and his love for people had a tremendous and positive impact on his family, friends, community and country.  He will be deeply missed and forever remembered as someone who made a difference.

In addition to his children, grandchildren, and wife, Bodie is survived by his sister, Peggy Roberts (Heyward), his nieces, Mary Ellen Gabriel (Rick) and Kathy Roberts, and his nephew Charlie Roberts, along with their children, as well as other dear relatives and friends.

A memorial service and celebration of his life is planned for Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 1:00pm, with visitation starting at noon and a reception following the service.

Memorials are preferred to The Ronald McDonald House, The Reading Center, or 125 Live in Rochester, or an environmental charity of your choice.  These are organizations Bodie felt strongly about.  Thank you.

 

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I was so sorry to hear about Dr. House’s death, I so enjoyed working with him when I was a Nurse Practitioner at Mayo’s.  He was so kind with his patients and many of them had complicated physical problems.  Betty, he would invite me out to the farm and you took me searching for morel mushrooms.


My Thoughts and sympathy to the whole family, may he RIP


Barb Goergen

I had the honor to serve with Dr. House for more than 2 years at Mayo. He was very kind and always so thoughtful in caring for Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees.


Not only caring for their illness, he often gently explain and teach the children how to take care of themselves. I remember one case when a 4 years old boy told  Dr, House his dream: to become a doctor when he grow up! Dr. House was a great man!


 

I truly feel I have lost my oldest and one of my dearest friends. I've known Bodie from the early 1940's. We started the 1st grade together in Mtn Home and graduated together from Franklin County High in 1957. He was always one of the most enthusiastic persons I've ever known, 'all in' in whatever he did. My condolences to Betty Jo and their family and to Peggy.  David Lunsford

Bodie and I were great friends during our grammar school and high school years. I am so happy that I got to see him at our 50th High School reunion. My sincere condolences to the family.

Dear Betty Jo and family,


I am deeply saddened to learn of Bodie's recent death.  We were class mates at FCHS, Winchester, Tn, for 4 years.  I enjoyed to be in both the Junior and Senior plays  with Bodie at FCHS.  Bodie was hilarious in his role of Granddad, in "granddad Steps Out!"  What a fun time!  His wife, Betty Jo and I not only were class mates, but we were team mates on the girls's basket ball team.  My love to you, Reynolds, and I know Bodie will  be greatly missed by you, family, and community.  Love,  Nancy A. Braski

I grew up with Bodie and Betty in Winchester. Bodie and I lived very close so we were together and we were classmates for many years. Bodie was an inspiration to all of us. We took piano together, he stuck with it, I didn’t. Just wanted you to know how sad we are but, I know you are proud of him and all of his accomplishments. Our prayers are with you. Jimmy Jacobs

Dr. House was my pediatrician.  Although I was often ill as a child, I felt comforted by him.  He was always so gentle and kind and explained things perfectly to me.  I am sorry for your loss.  I am sure he is rejoicing in heaven.


With admiration,


Andrea Kendall Muñoz

Dr  House was so much more than a pedestrian he was the doctor on call when one of our 4 sons was born. To describe what a difference he made in the lives of our family would take several pages, the faith we held in him and his professionalism goes beyond a patient doctor relationship his words of encouragement the sweet way he spoke so softly to the infants as if each one was his only patient. He became a guiding light for for one of our sons in particular giving him confidence, understanding and direction , the influence he provided changed his life. He went the extra mile to attend school functions, he was at his high school plays, sporting events and always was available  to just talk and listen when our son needed someone other than his parents.  I believe in my heart he was the most powerful influence in our sons life, when I spoke with our son who is now in his 40’s about Dr. House passing he said he believes his life is what it is today because of Dr. Roy House. May you all find peace and understanding in the loss of your beloved farther, spouse, friend , colleague, and amazing human being knowing what a huge impact he made in this world to so many , as a parent I am eternally grateful   
and feel blessed he was part of our families life .


 

Dr. House was a true and honest physician.  He cared for my two children as if they were his own, with tender thought and care.  He knew the value of listening to the child as well as the parent.  He was “present” in every sense with respectful care.  
His adventurous self would escapes the medical conversation from time to time. Such a delight! 
As I gaze into the night skies and the constellations, I will feel the presence of his radiant character. I only hope that he and my Dad will connect as fellow farmers (each in their own way). They are shining upon us all, you will always know he walks with you.  
Prayers for peace and healing. Amen