John M. Hodgson

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John M. Hodgson, 66, passed away on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at his home in Bozeman, Montana. He was born in Denver, Colorado, on Nov. 19, 1949, to Melvin and Joan Hodgson. John is a first generation American on his mother's side, a World War II bride from Leiston, England, and on his father's side, a pioneer family from Boulder, Colorado.

He graduated from Longmont High School in 1967 and moved to Bozeman in 1973. John started working for Barnard Construction in their third year of business, roughly 37 years ago. He semi-retired in 2007, working part-time in the home office, helping with Business Development.

John liked to travel and loved the outdoors, whether it be fishing, hunting, hiking, or bicycling.

John will be missed by all his friends who shared in his weekly lunch routine: Sante Fe Reds on Sundays, Starkey's on Monday, Gran Tree on Tuesday and Fridays, Teds on Wednesdays, The Garage on Thursdays and Famous Dave's on Saturdays. He will also be missed at the Bozeman Brewing Company's Tasting Room, where he went every day at 1:59 p.m. for his two pints of beer.

His generosity will be missed by the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, where he was known as the "Turkey Angel", donating hundreds of turkeys every year for Thanksgiving.

He leaves behind his sister, Jane Hodgson Ashmore; nephew, Gregory (Marian) Ashmore and their children, JayLynn and Shelby.

He was a good man and a good brother.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Should friends desire, memorials in John's name may be made to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, P.O. Box 1129, Bozeman, MT 59771 or online at

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
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Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-3184
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2015
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