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McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Ronald G. Hodgden

December 4, 1944May 2, 2020

Ron Hodgden (Ron West), 75, passed away on May 2, 2020 peacefully at his home after bravely enduring a progressive disease. Ron is known for his success as the singer, songwriter and touring musician with his rock ‘n’ roll group, Missouri, and for the band’s most famous song, Movin’ On which still receives airplay over 40 years later. One month after the release of Missouri's first album in 1977, it was listed on “Billboard's Recommended Album” page. Yet Kansas City locals will recall his early music career with The Chesmann Square, when he and his brothers, Gary and Stephen, performed almost exclusively Beatles music for thousands of teenagers across the Midwest in the 1960s and 1970s. In 2005, The Chesmann was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame as its first inaugural class of honorees along with Big Joe Turner, Kansas, Mike Finnigan, Brewer & Shipley, the Blue Things, the Fabulous Flippers, Rodney & the Blazers and the Red Dogs.

Truly a Kansas City native, Ron was born in Alliance, Neb., on Dec. 4, 1944, near the air force base where his father served in the military. His parents returned “home” to live in Kansas City at the completion of World War II. Ron grew up in Kansas City, graduating from Center Senior High School in the early 1960s. His first musical influences were Elvis Presley, Rickie Nelson and Chuck Berry, among others. The popularity of sock hops, high school dances and music festivals had created a demand for performing musical groups. He quickly became a part of a growing music scene in Kansas City. At 17, he began playing guitar with The Vibratones; two years later, he joined The Premiers as lead singer. In 1964, Ron enlisted his brothers to perform with him. Along with Dave Huffines, and later Jim McAllister, the three brothers formed the group, The Chesmann Square. The Chesmann's main claim to fame was that they looked, acted, sang and played like the Beatles and performed all the new English Invasion music as soon as it hit the airways. Through the sixties the band’s repertoire would change, keeping up with new trends in music: Hendrix, Clapton, the Stones, soul music, etc. Many from the Kansas City area will remember those times nostalgically. But it is Ron’s song, Movin' On, a traveling man’s anthem, that he is most famous for. The song is a music-poem recalling the ten years that he spent traveling on the road with his brothers and performing as The Chesmann almost every weekend. In 2001, Ron created a web site, www.missouriband.com, that provides fans access to photos and music downloads of songs he performed with Missouri and The Chesmann.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Dayna Hodgden, his two daughters and son in-laws, Christina White (Phil Antkowicz) and Jennifer Garbe (Clay Garbe), his 5 grandchildren, Natalie White, Adrian Marsh, Reed White, Adam Marsh, Ella Hodgden and 2 step-granddaughters, Grace Garbe and Gretchen Garbe. Ron is also survived by his siblings and sister in-laws, Stephen & Wendy Hodgden, Gary & Becky Hodgden and Patricia McAllister. He is preceded in death by his parents, Glen and DeLouris Hodgden.

Dayna wishes to give special recognition to his caregiver and family friend, Becka Guffey and caregiver Shawnta McClinton for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Midwest Music Foundation (http://www.midwestmusicfoundation.org) or CurePSP (http://www.psp.org).

Graveside services will be by invitation only, but it will be streamed live on Facebook 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at https://www.facebook.com/Mcgilley-State-Line-Chapel-116568315070671

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Thelma Keeling

May 9, 2020

You were a faithful wife to take care of Ron all these years. Thank you for the many years you stuck with it. Now I hope you can get some rest. Our family has always appreciated you.
{Janelle is typing this for Thelma}
Aunt Thelma

Barb King

May 7, 2020

Dear Dayna, Jenny & Christy - I’m so very sorry for your loss. Dayna, knowing how strong you are & how proud Ron was of you, I know he’s resting in peace and is a forever angel watching over you always. I didn’t know him well but spoke often with him at company Christmas Parties ~ Diagnostic Imaging & Encompass ~ He loved you so much! I’m so blessed to have had you as a mentor in my life & a friend as well - may God wrap his loving arms around you & your entire family as you go through this sad time. I’ll always remember him getting up on stage and singing with the band at our big old parties from work - what a great way to remember him - much love to all ❣️

Alicia Vargas

May 7, 2020

I remember hearing Moving On as a kid and being in awe that I had a famous uncle! It was always so cool to get a glimpse into that mysterious music world whenever we got to visit Aunt Dayna's and Uncle Ron's house. I know this time is so hard, but I hope Ron's family takes comfort in all the memories they have of him and with him. Aunt Dana, Jenny, and Chrissie, I love you and am holding you in my prayers. Much love, Alicia

Karen Willis

May 6, 2020

I had such wonderful memories of coming to Missouri and spending time at Aunt DeLouris' and Uncle Glen loving home. I also remember how proud they were of their children and their band.
Ron would talk about his experiences in the band with great enthusiasm. They were all so excited of their accomplishments in the band. I also remember the house filled with many young people coming and going with the family's welcoming spirit.
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time of loss. I know Ron will be watching over all of you.

Adrian Marsh

May 6, 2020

I love you grandpa, you made such great music and were so creative, I hope to be like you in that way. I have fond memories of you from my childhood and I will never forget you, rest in peace

Duke & Terrie S/V FLEE

May 6, 2020

Ron was one of those creative people who knew how to gather thoughts and ideas into formal arrangements that are intelligible, memorable, and lasting. An artist who created music that made people happy. Still does. And that is the magical thing about Ron’s life work. More than a stack of scratched records or digital files, he lives forever in the words and arrangements which we can enjoy again and again, returning to those feelings and times whenever we wish, regardless of time of day, physical location, or even physical condition. We can be transported at will to a time and place where we first enjoyed the music that made us feel good. It is rather magical, isn’t it? I am grateful to have had the chance to know the man and associate with his family and friends. My life has been better because of it, and will be enhanced by the compassionate effects of his gifts for the rest of my days.

Wes West

May 5, 2020

Rock in peace Uncle Ron. Love you. ❤️

Kendra Brockman

May 5, 2020

Thank you for the great music! Movin On is such a great song and it always takes me back to simpler times and great memories. My condolences to your loved ones as I am sure that you are going to be greatly missed and dearly loved.

Fred Mayfield

May 5, 2020

I remember Ron well from many years ago and how music defined his life. I hope his talent his passed on to his family.
Fred Mayfield

Mark Adcock

May 5, 2020

I am so sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. We have been friends for 53 years. Robin and I were so glad to visit him last year, recall old band stories, laugh and enjoy his company even though communicating was difficult because of his illness. I love him like a brother and Dayna is a saint. He is at peace. Rock on my brother- Mark and Robin Adcock

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