Vincent “Buttons” Bodner, JR

buttonsIn Loving Memory of a Very Special Indian Cowboy …
Vincent “Buttons” Bodner, Jr.
Vincent “Buttons” Bodner Jr. was born on March 25, 1929, at the Klamath Agency in Chiloquin, Ore. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 11, 2016, in Klamath Falls, Ore. Poppy Buttons was an 87-year-old Modoc Indian of the Klamath Tribes and the last living member of the Original Executive Committee.
In Loving Memory of a Very Special Indian Cowboy …
Vincent “Buttons” Bodner, Jr.
Vincent “Buttons” Bodner Jr. was born on March 25, 1929, at the Klamath Agency in Chiloquin, Ore. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 11, 2016, in Klamath Falls, Ore. Poppy Buttons was an 87-year-old Modoc Indian of the Klamath Tribes and the last living member of the Original Executive Committee.

He was the son of the late Alfaretta (Skeen) Bodner and Vince Bodner Sr. He was the great-great-grandson of Modoc ancestor Old Sheepy, (Shapasheni Chief Sheepy Seep-ee of the Hot Creek Band of Modocs (1805 – 1895), grandson of Dave Skeen, grandson of Anna Krondratt, and great-great-grandson of Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria, King of Hungary (also known as Franz Joseph, who was the eldest son of Archduke Francis Charles and Sophia, daughter of King Maximilian of Bavaria). He was most proud of his Modoc, Hungarian and Czechoslovakian heritage.

He was raised in the Sprague River Valley on the Skeen Ranch at the base of Saddle Mountain. He graduated with honors from Henley High School in 1947. While attending Henley High School, he was a top scholar athlete in three sports, basketball, football and track; he played first trumpet in the band. State awards: Oregon State Track Champion; Gold Medal in the 100-yard dash; Gold Medal in the 200-yard dash; Gold Medal in the four-man relay team (anchor man due to his extreme speed); High Point Winner at Oregon State Track & Field High School Championship Finals; Trophy winner at High School Championship Finals. Klamath County Awards: First Place in 100-yard dash; First Place in 200-yard dash; First Place as anchor for the relay team; trophy winner for High-Point Man. 1946: Henley was the Oregon State High School Football Champions with “Buttons” playing halfback. Basketball Honors: 1945-1947: First Team All-star; 1945-1946: Unanimous All Star by team vote. Awards are still on display at Henley.

He liked to reminisce about the good old days…when a hamburger and a Coke was 25 cents. How he received $2.50 every two or three weeks from his parents, when they could afford it. Sometimes, he ate at Henley High for 11 cents. How he owned only “one” pair of basketball shoes for the entire four years he was in high school.

He married his first wife, Shirley; they had three children Cheryl, David and Mitch. During this time, he worked for the forest service and graduated OTI (Oregon Technical Institute) in 1958. They moved to California, where he worked as lead mechanic at Shasta Community College until his retirement. Poppy loved his family; they were all top-notch athletes, which he always attributed to himself. He traveled back and forth from Oregon to California to attend all their athletic events. He was a true cowboy; he rodeo’d, buckaroo’d, and branded all across the Northwest. He was an avid hunter, team roper, and steer wrestler. He was a jack of all trades and enjoyed bit making, braiding, bartering, and tinkering with just about anything, especially old tractors.

He is survived by his second wife, Marilyn; his three children Cheryl Parrish and husband Jerry, David Bodner and wife Jan, and Mitch Bodner and former wife Debi; grandchildren, Torina Case and husband Ed, Taylor Tupper, Krayton Bodner Sr., Desiree Yoshihara and husband Andrew, Kody Bodner and wife Jenna, Kurtis Bodner and girlfriend Katie, Jared Stout, and Abby Gill; great-grandchildren, Liston Case and girlfriend Jen, Fallon Case and Kevin, Faryn Case, Roman Tupper, Dylan Bodner, Dakota Baker, Makiah Bodner, Mia Yoshihara, and Klara Bodner; great-great-grandchildren, Lavina Rose and Logan Roan Horse Parazoo; and loved ones.

Viewing will be on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in O’Hair-Wards Funeral Chapel from 2 to 7 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, Aug.19, 2016, at 11 a.m. at O’Hair-Wards Funeral Chapel in Klamath Falls. A graveside service will follow at Chief Schonchin Cemetery in Sprague River and a feed in Beatty at the Tribal Community Center.

We Love You Poppy Buttons! We are secure in our faith; We will see you again on the other side.