1. Eugene1 Hodge was born on November 16, 1928, the son of Harry E. and Cecil (Sessions) Hodge in Odin, Illinois. He married Helen Anspach on December 9, 1967 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Eugene died Friday, March 24, 2017 at his home in Centralia, IL.
Obituary from Macz Funeral Home
Eugene Hodge, 88, of Centralia, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on November 16, 1928, the son of Harry E. and Cecil (Sessions) Hodge in Odin, Illinois. He married Helen Anspach on December 9, 1967 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Eugene was a loving husband of 49 years to Helen Hodge of Centralia, Il; devoted father to Michael Hodge of Springfield, Mo, Jerry Hodge of San Antonio, Tx; beloved uncle to Tammy Meyer of Centralia, Il; further survived by his brother Robert Hodge of Centralia; sisters, Melba Nolte and husband George of Sandoval, Mary Ann Hubbell and husband Lanny of Odin; sisters-in-law Joanne Hodge of Centralia, Il, Deloris Hodge of Centralia, Il; and cherished by 3 special friends, Kamron, Brenden, and Jaylin.
Eugene was preceded in death by both of his parents, Harry and Cecil Hodge; sister, Darlene Levart; brothers, Kenneth Hodge and Jerold Hodge; nephew, Terry Hodge; niece, Jean Hodge; cousins, Curt and Glenda Hodge; and several nieces and nephews.
Eugene was employed by the railroad most of his life. His career began at the Chicago Burlington Quincy Railway and then later for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad where he was employed for 35 years. He also worked in the coal mines. Soon after he retired he started driving for South Central Transit. He worked for both Buggy Bath’s until he lost his sight. He was a 32nd degree Mason for Shriners of East St. Louis, Aniad Shriner’s of Belleville, and lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge #201 of Centralia. Eugene was a major supporter of the BCMW, a lifelong member of the V.F.W., American Legion, and a member of the United Transportation Union. He was an avid Cubs fan and also liked the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. He loved to help children especially Kamron, Brenden, and Jaylin. Eugene will forever be remembered as a family man who always put his family first.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visiting hours on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia, Illinois. Masonic rites will be accorded by the Centralia Lodge 201 at 5:00 p.m. with a Shriner’s walk through following. Funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 29 at the funeral home with Pastor Bryan Bennett officiating. Interment will follow at Peaceful Valley Cemetery in Odin, Illinois. Military rites will be accorded by VFW post 2055 and American Legion post 446. The family asks that you consider contributions in Eugene’s memory to the 1st General Baptist Building Fund or Shriner’s Hospital. Online condolences and memories of Eugene may be shared with the family at www.maczfuneralhomes.com or on their Facebook page.
Eugene Hodge and Helen Fern Anspach had the following children:
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