OBITUARY

Mike Hodges

October 8, 1952August 3, 2018
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David Michael “Mike” Hodges – Age 65 Mike was born on October 8, 1952 in Palatka Florida to David and Myrthel Hodges. Mike graduated from Palatka High School in 1970 he then attended St. Johns River Jr. College. Following in his Father’s footsteps, he graduated from the University of Florida in 1975 with a B.A. in business. Mike was an avid lifelong Gator Fan. Mike enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Palatka. He worked his way through Boy Scouts and achieved the highest honor of being named an Eagle Scout. He absolutely loved the outdoors! He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and swimming. He was a young surfer and rode many a wave at Crescent Beach, enjoying long beach drives and sunsets. Mike met the love of his life, Linda Harrison, in 1969. They fell in love and married in 1975. They have been married for 44 years. Mike’s greatest love has been raising his family, providing and protecting them and watching his grandchildren grow. He has two wonderful children Robin (Talent Manager for Honor Health) and Scott (Phoenix Firefighter) that blessed them with four adorable grandchildren whom Mike cherished and loved with all his heart. Mike and Linda moved from Florida to Scottsdale in 1989 and began working for Bingo West. They established many lasting friendships. In 2008 they went to work with Cactus Bingo Supply where they continued to build on those great friendships. Mike liked being able to help people, he had the kindest heart. Bingo customers/friends meant so much to Mike; he enjoyed doing installation jobs, and repairing bingo equipment for all the bingo locations. He was the “Bingo Specialist”. He traveled throughout seven states during his 30 year bingo career and was able to develop lasting friendships with numerous accounts from Casino’s to Senior Centers. He truly enjoyed his work, the bingo staffs and his co-workers over the past years. Mike highly honors God and Country and was a military and history buff. Mike had to start dialysis in September of 2016. He had been approved and was currently waiting for a kidney transplant. Mike was survived by his wife, Linda Harrison Hodges, his daughter Robin Ersland (Adam) Phoenix, AZ, Son Scott Hodges (Coleen), Anthem, AZ, Grandchildren Luke and Sydney Ersland, Bria and Declan Hodges. Mother Myrthel Hodges, Palatka, FL, Sister’s Cathy Campbell (Harvey) and Patti Brown (Kevin) Brother Jeff Hodges (Chris), Loving In laws, nieces and nephews and longtime friends. He will be cherished and remembered forever by all of us. We all love our “POPS”. Celebration of Life services will be Friday August 10th, at 10:00 A.M. at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027. Memories and condolences can also be posted online at www.ShadowMountainMortuary.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, August 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mike Hodges

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Scott Hodges

September 1, 2018

You are an amazing father, husband and person that I was fortunate to be able to learn from. You were kind ,strong and loyal to your family and friends. You have taught and showed me the difference between right and wrong. You were my support in life, my one call to solve it all. You loved me and were so proud of me. You showed me what is important in life, what matters. You sacrificed, you worked hard, you showed compassion thru tears and work thru callused hands. You hugged me when I needed it and disciplined me when I needed that too. You taught me that respect gets respect and to never give in on your morals. I could continue forever on the lessons and memories I have of us. I need to thank you dad from the bottom of me, thank you. I love you always and I will always miss you. Thank you pops.

Devoney McNeil

August 31, 2018

Mike, 23 years ago we met through our sons. We became Family. You decided to call me Devoney Louise. Every time I called Linda it was Devoney Louise lets go camping. I remember when MaryKristine was leaving for Adams State College. You gave us all the perfect directions by Landmarks only. Make sure you turn at the building on the right and go over the bridge. You called us along the way to make sure we made it. I'm so thankful you made a trip to McKelson Ranch. After your dialysis you loaded up the four wheelers and guns, from the smallest to the biggest with all the ammunition. After that weekend Devoney's family had 4 wheelers. I thank God for you and all our memories. May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. We love you Mike. Devoney Louise and all the McNeil's

Joshua Hodges

August 30, 2018

Uncle Mike,
I have so many fond memories of you and the family. So many, I would never be able to write them all down. From you throwing packs of lit fire crackers at me, to my first trip to Mexico and all of the fun we had down there. You always showed your love and kindness not only to me, but to Shiela and all of my boys as well. We will all miss you and look forward to seeing you again. Aunt Linda, Robin, and Scott you and your families will be in our prayers. We love you.

All of our Love.
Josh, Shiela, Griffin, Parker & Clayton.

Jeffrey Hodges

August 30, 2018

I still remember going to Uncle Mike and Aunt Linda’s house in Callahan. I remember the above ground pool with the large deck around it. I remember all the summers at Nannys house. The time y’all came to visit us in Alaska at the ski lodge and my 1st trip to Arizona. Some of my favorite memories were the road trips to Arizona in the summers. We would make that 15 hour drive nonstop and y’all would welcome us and sometimes our friends too. Your house had more food than I’d ever seen and I was amazed at your genorasity. I always felt at home with y’all. I’m very thankful for the invite Uncle Mike gave Diana and I in April of 2016, it was great spending some days with y’all in Phoenix. I couldn’t have planned a better Honeymoon. It was great to see everyone in June, thank you for organizing this summer trip. Uncle Mike, thank you for all the fun, warm, and cherished memories. Your the only one who told me funny stories about my dad that he wouldn’t tell me. Your the best and are greatly missed.

Patti Brown

August 29, 2018

Growing up, Mike was my hero, and that has never changed. No matter what childhood crisis I was experiencing, it was somehow made better by a talk and a hug from my big brother on our backyard swing. One special memory I have is when he taught me how to drive in his AMC Gremlin in our uncles strawberry fields. I was pretty rough on his transmission! Before the move out west, we had so many fun weekends together at their home in Callahan. I'll never forget Mike cutting a watermelon on top of the kids little slide just to watch the first big slice roll down the slide and into the pool. I'm pretty sure he and Scott ate it anyway. I am so very grateful for the time we spent at Crescent Beach in June. What fun we had just being together. Thank you, my brother, for being our "tour guide to the west." Oh the places and things you showed us! The experiences we never would have had were it not for you. I will miss spending time with you in Arizona. Traveling with you while you repair Bingo equipment, sight-seeing, swimming in your big beautiful pool. I will especially miss all our phone calls and text about our Florida Gators, especially when you couldn't find any coverage of the game. I'll miss hearing you say, "please sis, what's happening? What's the score? I'm a Gator out here in this hot desert all alone!" How I will miss hearing your voice. Mike had such a big heart. I used to tell him he was rough around the edges, but all soft and gooey on the inside! John 14:2 says, "My father's house has many rooms, if it were not so I would have told you.I go to prepare a place for you, so that where I am you may be also.I have confidence that I will see my brother again. I will grieve for him, miss him, think of him and love him everyday for the rest of my life, His absence leaves a huge hole in our family and in each one of our hearts.How blessed I was to have had him as my brother for 58 years. How thankful I am. See you in a bit my sweet brother and Go Gators!

John R Dinicola

August 28, 2018

Mike we had some very special moments. We became brothers immediately. You have left a mark in your community, with friends and family that will never be erased. You may have departed but you will never be forgotten. Last thing I hope you become an Angel ( touch by angel tv show). God lets you come back and be my angel. Till we meet again lots of love and laughter.

Your Brother John

Bryce Strom

August 28, 2018

Uncle Mike,

Thank you for all the laughter you brought to all those around you. Thank you for your love and welcoming me into your family from day one.
I know we will see each other again but I still wish we had more time to spend together.
I’ll always remember you and “Poppa” doing the “Happy dance” with my little Brynlee in the blue room on your last visit to Florida. Those are treasured memories that will live on forever for us.

We love you,

Bryce, Kayla, Brynlee and Bryah

Jared Hodges

August 28, 2018

Uncle Mike,

I have so many memories or you from the time I was a baby to the man I am today. First, I want to thank you for making my Dad the man he is. You set the example for him to follow and a damn fine one at that. It’s is very true that man sharpens man as iron sharpens iron.
My favorite memory of you is when we went hunting on Sun Valley Ski Area, we drove the truck up and stalked around. After finally taking a spike you pulled me aside and left this with me “Jared, aim true, aim straight, I know you are going to be tested. You will be tested as a warrior of god against an enemy we don’t know yet. I’m proud of you and I know you’ll come out a better man.” I never knew what it meant until years later.
Thank you Aunt Linda for sharing Uncle Mike with us, Cuz’s thanks for sharing your Dad with us. I love you all and my family is here if you need anything.
Rest easy Wildman!
Love,
Jared, Cherie, Brookelyn, Alysa, and Savannah Hodges.

Lloyd Eason

August 27, 2018

Mike,

Thank you for making me feel like part of the family from day one. I barely knew you a year and a half but you would always go out of your way to make me feel welcome. Every time I went out of town for work you would call me to make sure I made it home safely. Whenever I had to do a repair by myself you would call me to remind me that you were only a phone call away.

Thank you for everything, you will never be forgotten.

Tim Smith

August 23, 2018

Mike Hodges is my friend! Mike and I grew up together from an early age and our friendship grew over the years, he was a devoted family man all his life and when his family grew so did his love and devotion, from Mother and Father to Sister and Brother to Wife and Children and then to Grand Children. Mike and I were roommates at the University of Florida along with Caca Smith, Jack Williams, Taylor Douglas and Scott Herring......... I will just leave that and let all wonder about the experience. I also traveled with Mike and Mike Hall on an across country trip to Colorado seeing and experiencing sights and sounds a person from Florida had never seen, our greatest accomplishment of that trip was to bring back several cases of Coors beer, we didn't know it should be refrigerated and to this day I still don't like beer.
To Linda and Children, I am sure you know how much Mike is loved and cherished and how he will never be forgotten. I love you Mike.
Tim