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Michael Staley Annan Jr.

Michael Staley Annan Jr., known as Bodhi (Bode) died on Dec. 15, 2004, in Tucson, Ariz. He was 40 years old. He was the son of Michael Staley Annan Sr. of Thailand and Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Carlson of Aspen.Bode was born on July 17, 1964, in Aspen and attended the Aspen schools through the eighth grade. He then attended the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., where he graduated in May 1983. He attended the University of Colorado for a short time. When he was 39 years old, he received a degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona in Tucson and was enrolled there at the time of his death. He was also working on a masters in business at the University of Phoenix. Bode traveled the world: Europe, India, Thailand, Australia, Kenya, Greece and the Middle East. His real love was Egypt, where he worked on an excavation with professor Dr. Mark Lehner, of Yale University, and his aunt, Gypsy Graves, at the worker’s village at the Giza Pyramid Complex, south of Cairo. He also worked with the all-women’s Archaeological Research Expedition at the Temple Complex at Karnak, in Luxor, as a helper. He did remote sensing in Finland and in Upper Egypt at Karnak. He also worked at the Graves Museum of Archaeology and History in Dania, Fla. Bode was an avid skier and loved music, playing the piano and singing, surfing, reading, hiking and writing. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was active in the Church of Christ Michael in Tucson and very involved in Urantia movement. There was a service held there by pastor Robert Firestine. Many of Bode’s friends gave heart-warming testimonials of Bode’s love of life, kindness, generosity and spiritual guidance. A second service was held at a funeral home and about 35 people attended.There was a memorial service held for Bode in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for friends and family to say goodbye. In May some of his ashes will be buried in Mt. Sterling, Ky., where his mother Betje’s family are buried. Also, a get-together of friends and family will be held on top of Aspen Mountain in the summer, and as Bode wished, his ashes will be spread there.Besides his parents, Bode is survived by his beloved sister and brother, Tina Annan and Josh Annan; his beloved aunt, Gypsy Graves, and much- loved cousins, Mary Goodman, George Graves, Louise Graves and Kate Gaskill; uncle, Edward Decker, and many cousins; stepbrothers and stepsisters Brenda Carlson Stockdale, Steve Carlson, Sarah Carlson Rieger, Joseph Carlson, and Anne Carlson Cassidy and their spouses; and numerous nieces and nephews; uncle Jack Annan, aunt Barbara Annan, and stepmother Candy Annan of Aspen.Bode will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Godspeed, Michael.

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