CWO3 Gary E Hodge, USCG (Ret) crossed over the bar at 3:30 A.M. Tuesday morning, May 21, 2013 at Sebring, Florida. His wife, Bonnie, sister and Sally Terrel, were with him as he departed on his last patrol.
Services will be held on Saturday, May 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Wales, FL. The funeral service will be videoed and it will be available as an on demand stream beginning Saturday afternoon from Marion Nelson Funeral Home
His obituary will be in the Lakeland Ledger and the Lake Wales News tomorrow. In lieu of flowers his family have requested donations be sent to the American Cancer Society or Good Shepherd Hospice.
Bonnie and his family want to thank everyone for their prayers, emails and words of encouragement.
Gary served aboard SEBAGO in 1968 and 1969 in the Engineering Department as an MMC. He retired from active duty July 1, 1977. He was a native of Lake Wales, Florida.
The obituary as shown by the funeral home:
Gary E. Hodge of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring.
He was born July 17, 1939 in Lake Wales to the late Lee H. & Mary Hodge; and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired environmental supervisor for Citrus World, was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and was a veteran of Vietnam, serving as a chief warrant officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He was proud to maintain his relationships and bonds with the men he served with in the Coast Guard and enjoyed working in his yard.
Gary was preceded in death by his daughters, Vikki Androsky and Christina Kyrk. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Hodge; step-daughters, Lori and husband, Andy Allison of Bettendork, IA, Sarah Grenier of Lake Wales and Danielle and husband, Ian Rylott of Mulberry; sister, Beverly Dampier of Lake Wales; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be held 11:00 Am Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or Good Shepherd Hospice (105 Arneson Ave. Auburndale, Florida 33823)