Howard L. Hodge

January 08, 1939 - April 29, 2016

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Monday, May 02, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel

Tuesday, May 03, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church, 0389 CR 12, Corunna, Indiana


Tuesday, May 03, 10:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church, 0389 CR 12, Corunna, Indiana


Howard L. Hodge, 77, of South Milford died unexpectedly Friday, April 29, 2016, at his residence.

He was a lifetime area resident and a 1957 graduate of Kendallville High School.

He was a farmer and had worked as sales coordinator for Starcraft RV in Topeka. He then worked in the maintenance department of McCray Memorial Hospital in Kendallville and retired from Parkview Noble Hospital.

Howard served on the South Milford Fire Department for 59 years. He was a life member of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, a member of the Noble County Gas and Steam Club, served on the Apple Festival of Kendallville committee, a former charter member of the South Milford Lions Club, a former charter member of the Auburn Farm Power Club, and served as the Milford Township 4-H leader for 20 years. He was also a member of Zion Lutheran Church, West Fairfield where he had served on the church council and as Vice President of the church and was a member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League.

Howard enjoyed playing Santa Claus, fishing, playing cards, mushroom hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was born January 8, 1939, in Noble County to George and Marcella (Bidwell) Hodge. They preceded him in death.

On June 1, 1958, in Zion Lutheran Church, West Fairfield he married Sandra K. Hasselman. She survives in South Milford.

Also surviving are a son, Steve (Karen) Hodge of South Milford; a brother, Jim (Carol Pfeiffer) Hodge of Wolcottville; a sister, Barb (Doug) Fennell of Howe; three grandchildren, Melissa (Jonathan) Althoff of Decker, Brian (Jaimie) Hodge of South Milford, and Joseph (Abby Cocanougher) Hodge of Louisville, Kentucky; four great-grandchildren, Jayna Althoff, Ethan Althoff, Brantlyn Hodge, and Case Hodge.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 10 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, West Fairfield, 0389 CR 12, Corunna with the Rev. Stephen Koziol officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville.

Honorary pallbearers are his nieces, Jamie Fennell, Nicole Gisel, Amanda Becker, and Beth Mosley. Active pallbearers are his nephews, Kevin Hodge, Klent Hodge, Brock Hodge, Mark Fennell, Matt Hasselman, Dan Hasselman, and Adam Young.

Calling is Monday, May 2, 2016, from 2 to 8 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the Noble County Gas and Steam Club or to the Zion Lutheran Ladies Aide.

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Guest Book

Alleen Mapes
May 4th, 2016 7:21pm
Rome City, IN

Sandra, Ken and I were very sorry to hear of your loss. We regret that we were unable to attend the services. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Debbie and Tom Ryan
May 4th, 2016 4:10am

Sandra and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Howard's passing. He was a very wonderful, kind man..... and is in a much better place. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Barbie Schlegel
May 4th, 2016 2:10am
Brushy Prairie

Sandra, so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all of you. I so enjoyed talking to him at the applefestival appreciation dinner.

Ed and Joni Bruce
May 2nd, 2016 5:48pm
Largo, Fl

So sorry to hear about Howard's passing. We will always remember him with a smile on his face and so friendly. Keeping you all in our prayers.

Dave and Pam Bryant
May 2nd, 2016 3:43pm
Kendallville, IN

We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of the Hodge family.

Randy and Wanda Schmidt
May 2nd, 2016 2:33pm
Sawyer MI

So sorry for your loss. Praying for the entire family!

Barb Kelly
May 2nd, 2016 3:41am

I'm so sorry to here of Howard´s passing. He was quite the trooper and will be greatly missed. and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Judy Hart
May 1st, 2016 11:57pm

So sorry to hear of Howard's passing. I know the Lord will take care of him now.

Carol Price
May 1st, 2016 10:08pm

Dear Sandra and family, I am so sorry to hear of Howard,'s passing. I am in Texas with Phyllis and won't be able to come to funeral. My thoughts are with you.

Joyce and Neil Bachman
May 1st, 2016 9:42pm

Our hearts go out to the entire family!!! What a wonderful, kind man he was. Now..walking streets of gold! Our deepest sympathies.

Lynn Hecht
May 1st, 2016 8:46pm
Bruceville, IN

Family, So sad to hear of Howard's passing. I will be unable to join you this week but send best wishes from our family. Take care, Lynn

Karen Ungerer
May 1st, 2016 3:55pm
Millersburg, In

My condolences to all of the family. Sandra my heart breaks for you. So very sorry for your loss.

Jaimie Jo Hodge
May 1st, 2016 4:03am
Hodge Farms

Oh grandpa where do I begin.. It has been a little over 24 hours and it still don't seem real. Unfortunately I now we will have to accept it. We all miss you so much already.... Even though I have only known you 3 years it feels like a life time.... So many memories of you we will cherish forever... Your laugh, your smile, your never ending love, but most of all the grandpa who would do anything for anyone... Home is not the same without you.. Brantlyn loves you so much and Case just loved having you talk to him... I am so thankful you got to meet both boys.... I hope your having a great time up there with no more pain and suffering.. Make sure you always send me those constant reminders when I get those insane ideas to look at puppies for sale that $999.99 is to much for a dang dog!!! I miss you dearly... Fly high grandpa until we meet again! Love ya

Colette Parker
May 1st, 2016 1:40am
Fort Wayne, In

Sandra and family, My sincerest condolences for your loss. May you find comfort in your family. Howard was a grand gentleman and I always enjoyed his company and stories.

Pam and Tom Cooper
May 1st, 2016 12:22am

Joe and family, we are so sorry for your loss.

Mike & Sue Criswell
May 1st, 2016 12:21am

Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Hodge Family.

Robert Russell
April 30th, 2016 10:37pm
Kendallville In.

Thoughts and prayers for all of you Howard was one of the nicest guys I ever had the honor of knowing

Diana Becker LeBrun
April 30th, 2016 7:58pm
Palm Coast, FL

Condolences to your family from the Becker family.

Connie and Clairdon Strater
April 30th, 2016 7:37pm
111 S. Taylor Rd. 46738

to the Hodge family , we send our deepest sympathy's and condolences and prayers to the whole family including the nieces and nephews the grandchildren'sister-in-law's and brother-in-law's home we were neighbors in the past Sandy and I used to sit together on the school bus many many many years ago .

Connie and Clairdon Strater
April 30th, 2016 7:35pm
111 S. Taylor Rd. 46738

.to the Hodge family , we send our deepest sympathy's and condolences and prayers

Kris Ripke
April 30th, 2016 4:51pm
Lafayette, Indiana

Sorry to hear of Howard's passing ,but we know that he is in a much better place with no more suffering. He's in that perfect fishing spot! Hugs to your entire family.