OBITUARY

Francis Hodge

September 18, 1929April 22, 2013

Francis “Fritz” Hodge, 83, passed away on April 22, 2013 at a local medical center in Abilene. Graveside services will be 10:00a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Elmwood Memorial Park Cemetery with Louis Johnson officiating under the direction of Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home 5701 Hwy 277 South. Visitation will be from 4 to 8p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Francis was born on September 18, 1929 in Shelby, MI. He attended school and then served his country in the United States Air Force specializing in aircraft maintenance. Francis then worked in the maintenance department for the City of Abilene. He was very active in the American Legion and VFW as well as a member of North Park Baptist church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his first wife, Dorothy (Hamilton) Hodge; his second wife, Frankie Vaughn Hodge; and his brother, Charles Hodge.

Survivors include his daughters, Elaine Dennis of Abilene, Patricia Molina of San Antonio, Jean and Danny Mitchell of Princeton, TX, and Loraine and Mark Dozier of Sherman, TX; sons, Dennis and Christie Hodge of Dallas, John Hodge of Cleburne, TX, and James and Gretchen Hodge of Rowlett, TX; his step-daughters, Saundra and L. C. Hollis of Hodges, TX, Shirley Cook of Tyler, TX, Jimmie Stone of Abilene, and Janet and Ronnie Tutt of Hodges; one brother, Ken Mohler of Michigan; one sister, Nellie Jones of Michigan; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 149 N. Willis, Abilene, TX 79603 or Integra Hospice, 1665 Antilley Rd., Abilene, TX 79606.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, April 26, 2013
  • Graveside Service Saturday, April 27, 2013
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Dianne Campbell

June 12, 2013

My dad, Frank Sallgren, grew up with Fritz in Shelby. We just found out today that he had passed. My dad's been trying to contact him for the last couple of months, to no avail. He was my dad's oldest friend and a great guy. We were hoping to see him again this summer. We're very sad to hear he's gone.
Dianne Campbell

May 22, 2013

"Please accept our sympathy for the loss of your dad. I have many great memories of uncle Fritz, and the Hodge family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Diane and Frank Mottola [Trenton, Illinois]

Doug Bell

April 28, 2013

It was a sad day when I read about the passing of a dear friend, I have known Fritz many years and always considered him a good friend, he will be missed by me and many other members of the VFW Post 6873
Doug Bell

Darrell and Miriam Parrish

April 27, 2013

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all, during this time. Mr. Hodges was our neighbor for greater than thirty years. He was always so vigorous and active; Mimosa street's own neighborhood watch. We will really miss his smile and wave, and ready greeting. He's already landscaping the heavenly gardens and tending flowers, we're sure. He now is free of pain. May God give you comfort and peace.

Bob Gray

April 27, 2013

I am sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathy.

Alice and John Koritta

April 27, 2013

Our sympathy to you all on the loss of your father. Such sweet memories of all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

jerry kiser

April 27, 2013

I met Fritz at HENDRICK CARDIAC REHAB and enjoyed talking to him and getting to know him. (mainly about politics and Ranger Baseball) I know he will be sincerely missed by his family and my prayers are with them.

American Heart Association

April 25, 2013

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

CHRISTIE JOHNSON

April 25, 2013

SENDING MY LOVE & HUGS AND ""PRAYER'S"" TO THE HODGE FAMILY...MR. HODGE WAS AN AMAZING MAN AND FRIEND AND MY FORMER LANDLORD~FOR HE AND FRANKIE WERE THE BEST OF FRIENDS TO ME AND THE BEST LANDLORD'S ANYONE COULD HAVE!! HE IS GREATLY LOVED AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED!! HIS SPIRIT WILL FOREVER LIVE ON...HE'S NOW WITH HIS PRECIOUS WIFE FRANKIE..WITH ALL MY LOVE, CHRISTIE JOHNSON(AT THE TIME OF WHEN THEY WERE MY LANDLORD'S MY LAST NAME WAS JOHNSTON)