Walter Preston Hodge

July 18, 1932August 10, 2012

Walter (Walt) Preston Hodge, age 80, a long time resident of Northern Virginia (West Springfield, Burke, Warrenton, and Bealeton) passed away on August 10th, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his children: Walter G. Hodge; Larry W. Hodge and wife, Anja; Gary A. Hodge and wife, Toni; Adrian D. Hodge and wife, Lori; Deborah G. Riccio and husband, Marc; and Tanja C. Awan and husband, Omar; ten grandchildren: Marki, Alec, Rachael, Gary, Phillip, Katarina, August, Wilhelmina, Olivia, and Phoebe; siblings: Hortence, Lois Jean, Virginia, and John. He was predeceased by his wife, Gisela, and sister, Shirley. He was born in Newberry, Florida on July 18, 1932.

Walt was a retired Army officer with twenty years of service. He served in Korea, Vietnam and two tours in Germany. In addition to his other medals and citations, Walt was most proud of being awarded the Combat Infantry Badge (CBI) and the Purple Heart for service to his country in war time. He spent the majority of his military career as an Intelligence Officer in the US Army.

After retiring from the Army, he settled in Northern Virginia and started his second career as a financial advisor; providing guidance and counseling in the areas of wealth accumulation, estate protection, retirement planning, and life insurance. He spent seven years with John Hancock Financial Services and thirty-two years with MONY Financial Services. Walt qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) for over thirty years.

Walt was a very active citizen of the community. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce for over thirty years, first with the Fairfax County Chamber from 1978 – 1998, and Fauquier County Chamber, since 1999. Walt was on the Membership Committee for the Fairfax County Chamber for over sixteen years. He recommended and helped launch the “LeadShare” and Anthem Health Insurance programs for the Fauquier County Chamber. In 2009, he received the SBDC Small Business "Veteran of the Year” award in Fauquier County. Walt launched and ran his own Business Breakfast Club in Fairfax for over seventeen years. Walt was a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Purple Heart Association, Rotary Club and Million Dollar Roundtable. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska in 1967.

Walt will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.

A Memorial Gathering is scheduled for August 18th from 3PM – 5PM at Demaine Funeral Home at 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, Virginia, 703-941-9428 A graveside service and internment with Full Military Honors will be conducted at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Flowers are welcome to be sent to Demaine Funeral Home. Should friends prefer, contributions may be sent in memory of Walter P. Hodge to The Wounded Warrior Project at


  • Visitation Saturday, August 18, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2013

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December 8, 2012

Walt was my Mentor while I was at John Hancock. He was a True Friend and I am Blessed to have known him.
Ben Young

September 6, 2012

Love you daddy.

Jane Opinski

August 23, 2012

Walter and I both lived in the same condo complex. He was an asset to our group of owners. He was a sweet and kind person and I will never forget him. I am so sorry to lose him and send my sincere condolences to all his family and friends. Jane Opinski, neighbor and friend

Jessie Bennett

August 21, 2012

Dearest Family,

Our heartfelt condelenses are with you during this time. My thoughts, love and prayers are with you all!

August 18, 2012

We always respected Walter's good advice and considered him a true friend. His memory will live on in our hearts. Love, Nick, Pat and Diane Lawler

Lisa Riegle

August 18, 2012

Dear Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. I have wonderful memories of your father and will cherish them always. God Bless.

Shoukat Awan

August 18, 2012

Walter was a wonderful man. May the Lord bless his soul. He will be missed dearly. May the Lord give you peace and patience.

Shoukat & Seema Awan

Karen Henderson

August 17, 2012

Walter's children and his children's children will call him blessed for years to come. Walter was a true gem of a person, always caring about others and sharing the joys of his life. When asked how he was doing, he would respond "I'm still pedaling!" He had no desire to retire and sit on the porch, he always stayed busy and active right to the end. We will miss our Walter. He was a good friend. Our heart goes out to his family.

Patty Croswell

August 16, 2012

Your father sounds like a very accomplished man and I am sure you will miss him very much. I am so very sorry for your loss and have you all in my prayers. Patty Croswell

Lynn Moran

August 16, 2012

My Dear Cousins,
My heart is with you as you move through each day. I shall be with you in person at Arlington, and we will walk down memory lane together.
Much Love, Lynn