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Eugene Hodges

Eugene Edward Hodges

Saturday, October 24th, 1925 - Thursday, June 4th, 2020
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Eugene Hodges died peacefully from natural causes on Thursday, June 4, at the age of 94 years old. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and a distinguished World War II Veteran.

Gene Hodges was born October 24, 1925 in Dallas, Texas to Dawson and Thelma Hodges. In 1943, at age 17, he quit Crozier Technical High School and joined the Navy following the attack in Pearl Harbor, in which his close cousin was killed on the USS Arizona. He served in the D-Day invasion on an LCT landing craft delivering men and supplies on the beaches of Normandy, narrowly escaping death when a bomb failed to detonate. He later did a tour of service in Asia.

While on leave from the war in 1945, he married his high school sweetheart, Ruby Zink. In 1954 the young couple moved to Irving, where they raised two children. Gene worked for Westinghouse Electric Corporation for nearly 25 years as manager of their north Texas warehouse facility. In the mid-1970s he retired from Westinghouse and his first marriage ended in divorce. Gene then started a delivery service company named Dallas Area Distribution Service, or DADS. Gene was enormously proud of DADS, which was in business for nearly 25 years. At its peak, DADS had a fleet of vehicles ranging from panel trucks to tractor-trailers and several drivers providing “hot shot” deliveries throughout Texas and surrounding states.

In 1977 Gene married Marian McKee, and the two worked together to run DADS. During their 43 year marriage, Gene and Marian enjoyed traveling, square dancing, deep-sea fishing, and spending time with friends and family members. Gene and Marian were great cooks and loved hosting holiday dinners at their home.

Gene Hodges had a remarkable spirit of kindness, joy, and generosity. As a boy growing up in the Great Depression, he worked with his father to help their family survive. As a young man, he gave tirelessly to the Boy Scouts of America, contributing as a Sea Scout leader, Cubmaster, District Commissioner, and troop leader to help guide youth development. His work with the Sea Scouts was credited with steering numerous troubled teenage boys toward a productive life. In recent years he was active in the community, helping the homeless and those less fortunate, always with a positive spirit of lifting people up.

For the past few years, Gene Hodges battled several chronic diseases. Nevertheless, with great determination and toughness he remained independent and active through most of 2019, even managing to travel to California to attend his grandson’s graduation from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Gene Hodges is survived by his wife of Marian Hodges of Irving, Texas; son Richard Edward Hodges and wife Katherine Borkovich of Claremont, California; daughter Cynthia Maloney-Marlar and husband Michael Marlar of Cleveland, Tennessee; step-daughters Lori Kendall of Richland Hills, Texas; Lisa Jones and husband Mitchell Jones of Shakopee, Minnesota; sister Sandy Henry and husband James Henry of Granbury, Texas; sister Doris McMillan of Whitesburo, Texas; grandchildren Erik Hodges, Amy Hodges, Slade Maloney, Brittany Winters, Jacob Maloney, Aaron Kendall, Joelbe Kendall, Lauren Kendall, Michael Jones, Jennifer Jones, Christina Dallman, Chad Brinson, Krystal Parker; and numerous great-grandchildren. Gene will be laid to rest at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 social gathering safety restrictions, full military honors and memorial services have been postponed until later this year.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Irving https://www.fumcirving.org/ or Scouts BSA https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/.

Gene’s family will forever cherish his memory as an extraordinarily kind and generous soul with a cheerful spirit of optimism.

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Pat Znk Ritchey

Posted at 08:57am
Gene was a outstanding family man and Patriot of The Greatest Generation.🇺🇸
He will be greatly missed and long remembered.
Condolences to his family
til they meet again.🙏
C

cburkett5@juno.com

Posted at 09:28pm
Gene was a gentle giant - with a spirit of patriotism and love for God, his family and friends, and his country. Always ready to share his BIG smile; ready with a kind word, humble spirit and just an all-around nice GENTLEman. Though we only knew him for a few years through our Sunday School and church, he made people feel like we'd been long-time friends. What a gift his life was for all his long years. God bless America and God bless Gene's memory. Christine and Jimmy Burkett
 
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Tom and Anne Uhr Posted at 05:53pm

Gene was everything you wanted in a Friend! Always smiling ........he was so much fun at the Wednesday Work Crew with his comments and stories! The stories were never about the WW2 in which he so valiantly fought ! We would not have the Freedom we have enjoyed had it not been for those youthful young men during those years of War! He was just a Plain old Gentlemen who set many examples of his love of his God, Church, Country, Family and Friends! He was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his valor in WW2. I called him every Tuesday morning at about 9 am. and told him our Prayer Warriors from Church had he and Marian were all the Church members were Praying for them! God bless Our Country and keep Gene, Marian and his family every day! Anne and Tom Uhr
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