John William Hodges Sr. left for his final deployment in the early hours of Oct. 31, 2017.

John was born on July 17, 1944, to William Nial and Laverne Hodges in Parsons, Kan. John graduated from high school in 1962. After graduation he worked in the oil fields of Kansas and Oklahoma. He then joined the United States Navy in February of 1967. In April of 1967, John met Judy Wagner of Shakopee, Minn., through a friend during the Vietnam War. They wrote back and forth for a year and got married in April of 1968 and have been together for five months shy of 50 years. 

Together, they went on a great adventure, wherever the Navy needed him — San Diego, Calif.; Memphis, Tenn.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Quonset Point, R.I.; Brunswick, Maine; Pensacola, Fla.; Yokosuka, Japan; Atsugi, Japan; and Korea. It was an adventurous journey of 21 years of military life.

During his nine years in Japan, he became quite an accomplished skeet shooter, competing in several international competitions. After he retired from the Navy, he received his Associate of Science degree. John and Judy stayed in Pensacola for several years before moving to Kansas where he joined the Masons. He was also a fond member of the Edna Bears till they moved to Minnesota. After John and Judy retired, they moved to Kingsland to be close to their family where Mr. Hodges resided until his passing.  

He was preceded in death by his father, Nial and mother Laverne; brother, Donald; brother-in-law, Marvin and sister Kathryn.

John is survived by his wife, Judy Hodges; his son, John Hodges Jr. (Cindy) of Kingsland; and daughters, Julie Hodges Best, Michelle Hodges and Cherrie Poncin. He is also survived by his older sister, Irene Winter from Kansas. He has 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and another on the way and several nieces and nephews.

John lived a full and exciting life and will be missed. The family would like to give a big thank you to Heartland Hospice for their help in making his last days comfortable and helping the family get through this hard part of living.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys.

Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of arrangements.

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