James Chester Hodges, 89, of Houghton Lake, passed away December 13, 2016 at home, with his loving family by his side.
He was born on October 16, 1927 in River Rouge to William and Marie (Primeau) Hodges. He grew up in the River Rouge area and was a 1945 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes School. He later attended Henry Ford College, and served in the Navy from 1945 to 1948. On October 28, 1950 he married Gladys Ann Faulhaber.
Mr. Hodges was employed as a pattern maker by Ford Motor Company, retiring in 1989. After retiring the couple moved from Taylor to their place at Houghton Lake which they had since 1968. He was an active member of St. James Catholic Church, St. James Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, and St. Vincent DePaul Society.
He was very active in charity work around the community and spent many years volunteering at the Roscommon St. Vincent DePaul Store. He was an avid woodworker and made the Clinging Crosses for the church members and community members in need of comfort.
Surviving are his loving wife of 66 years, Gladys Hodges of Houghton Lake; four daughters, Kathleen (Richard) Snyder of Novi, Jean Currey of Petoskey, Suzanne (Richard) Ford of Holland, and Theresa (Ronald) Raglin of Big Rapids; three sons, Timothy (Susan) of Allen Park, Mark (Kathie) of South Rockwood, and Paul of Garden City; daughter-in-law, Linda Hodges of Livonia; 21 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren
Also surviving are sister, Leona Daly of Spokane, WA; three brothers, William (Ilene) of Scottsdale, AZ, Joseph (Joanne) of Huntsville, AL, and Robert (Dolores) of Troy; sister-in law, Joanne Hodges of Houghton Lake;and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Thomas; great-grandson, Mason; and two brothers, Edward, and Patrick.
Visitation is December 16 from 2-7 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Houghton Lake. Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. December 17 from St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Bernard Tyler officiating.
Interment will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown at 1 p.m. Dec. 19.
Memorial contributions in memory of Jim are asked to be directed to the Roscommon St. Vincent DePaul.
Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel is serving the family.
Condolences can be sent to the family online at www.christler-holdship.com.
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