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Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL

OBITUARY

Joe William Hodge

January 28, 1940January 6, 2020
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Joe “Bill” William Hodge, 79, of Rockford, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, January 6, 2020. Born January 28, 1940 in Miami, FL. Son of Wylie and Gladys (Hooper) Hodge. United in marriage to Sharon Brosious on November 18, 1978 in the Church by the Side of the Road. Employed by Arnold Magnetics for 29 years having retired in 2002. He then found employment at Wal-mart for 10 years. Together with Sharon, Bill found enjoyment in history and traveling. Their honeymoon was visiting the Gettysburg National Battlefield. They traveled to many different history sites in England, Scotland, Wales, Mexico, Australia and all but 8 of the US states.

Survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Sharon; step-son, Randall Brosious; niece, Katherine Hodge; sister-in-law, Gail Hodge. Predeceased by his parents, Wylie Hodge and Gladys Radean; grandparents, Earl and Maude Staub; brother, C. Keith Hodge; daughter, Gail Lynn Hodge.

Celebration of Life Memorial Service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 18 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Visitation at 1 p.m. until time of service. Inurnment following in Sunset Memorial Gardens. To share a condolence www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2020

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Steve and Kristy Ashley

January 18, 2020

Randy, We were very sorry to hear about your step-father. The weather prevented us from attending the funeral. Please pass our condolences along to your mother.

Steve and Kristy Ashley

Steve (aka Chief) KAPPEL

January 15, 2020

I first met Joe (Bill) while working at WalMart in Loves Park. We hit it off great right from the start! His humor and dry wit, sarcasm and unique ability to identify someone's attributes and nickname them accordingly was always most apropos and dead on! (Not to mention very funny) There were so many memorable moments working with Joe, as well as fishing, dining out and many other activities. One of the most memorable work experiences with Joe was the day he was fired from WalMart, for some minor bs, along with our entire floor/maintenance crew (except for myself and supervisor). The only reason I didn't get canned was because I wasn't there, for the night manager said I most surely would have! After I met with the regional manager for the stores, I threatened to quit myself if my entire crew was not rehired! Needless to say they were. The most memorable experience was my travel overseas for two weeks to Austria and parts of eastern Europe with Joe, I think it was the same for him.

Judy Thompson

January 11, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God bless .

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