Maurice B. Hodges Coldwater Maurice B. Hodges, age 93, of Coldwater, died at his home on Thursday, March 14, 2013 where he was stricken unexpectedly. Maurice was born on May 6, 1919 in Tekonsha to Dr. Lewis S. Hodges and Clara Osborn Hodges. He was delivered at home by his father. He grew up in Tekonsha and graduated from Tekonsha High School in 1937. He attended what is now Eastern Michigan University earning his Bachelor's Degree. Maurice earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration from University of Michigan. He served in the U.S.Navy during WWII. Upon his honorable discharge he represented several insurance companies from the Detroit area and traveled extensively for them. Maurice was married on September 24, 1954 to Audrey Moore. They moved to Ann Arbor and opened Hodges Insurance and Travel Agency there. Later they moved their home and their agency to Whitmore Lake until their retirement when Maurice was 72 years old. They then moved onto a lake at Bloomington, Indiana. Audrey preceded Maruice in death in December of 1996. He then moved to Marshall to be near his sister Harriette Milliman and his immediate family. On November 7, 1998 he married his teenage sweetheart, Marian Cabler Fitzgerald, whom he met with again while summering at Coldwater Lake. Together they designed and built a home at Coldwater Lake living there until Marian's passing in July of 2007. Maurice had many fond memories of attending football and basketball practices at Indiana University. He was a lifelong University of Michigan supporter. Through his travel agency he arranged many travel events for Big 10 university events. He was a 64 year ticket holder of U of M football Big House seats. He attended football and basketball games at all Big 10 schools. He enjoyed many trips to Pasedena for Rose Bowl Games. One of his fondest memories was of October 1, 1927 when he attended the first U of M football game held in the Big House with his father and mother! Maurice spent many summers with his parents and family at the family cottage on Morrison Lake, and in later years with his nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Union Church United Church of Christ in Tekonsha. Surviving are his step-son George Fitzgerald of New York, NY, his step-daughter JoEllen Firestone of Punta Gorda, FL, sister in law Mary Hodges of Williamston, nieces and nephews, Hannah Milliman Trine, Nancy Milliman Faust, Richard Milliman, Suellyn Matevia Sekulich, Michael Matevia, David Matevia, Carolyn Hodges Rigterink, and Richard Hodges. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Richard Hodges, and sisters Harriette Milliman and Margaret Matevia. Friends may call at Craig K . Kempf Funeral Home, 723 US27 N., Marshall on Sunday 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Union Church UCC, 206 W. Randall Street in Tekonsha on Monday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Barbara Pryor officiating. Interment will follow in Tekonsha's Riverside Cemetery. The family suggests friends remember Maurice with a memorial contribution to Union Church United Church of Christ or the Salvation Army. Assistance available at Kempf Funeral Home. To sign the on line guest register and leave family a message visit www.kempffuneralhome.com.
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Mar. 16, 2013