Phil Hodges, 73, of Grain Valley, Mo., passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, at Blue Springs Assembly of God, 2501 N.E. Duncan Road. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St. S., Independence, 816-373-3600. Burial with Military Honors will take place in Missouri Veteran's Cemetery, Higginsville, Mo.
Phil was born on September 8, 1940, in Joplin, Mo., to Charles E. and Martha (Roach) Hodges. In 1962 while on routine patrol, he met and married the love of his life, Martha "Marti" Middleton in Independence, Mo. Together they raised 3 wonderful children. Phil was a very hard working man from humble beginnings, and he never lost the lessons learned along the way. Phil was fond of saying that he went to College… to pick up Charlie Trail's sister! He knew the importance of education, and strongly encouraged his children to attend.
Phil was a self made man, extremely hard working, but he never forgot his Blessings and Faith in all God had provided, including his loving family. Over the years Phil had many jobs: Policeman, Fireman, Realtor, Real Estate Developer, Builder, and most recently farmer. Phil was a kind, and generous man, that always took others needs into consideration before making any decisions. With his wife "Marti" by his side, they traveled around the country, quietly and anonymously helping others on the way. His passing will leave a huge void in many lives, and he will be missed greatly.
Phil is preceded in death by hi mother, Martha Gilliam; step-mother, Mildred Hodges; brother, Daryl Hodges; and sister, Bonnie Lester.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Martha "Marti" Hodges; daughter, Cheryl Beckman; sons, Charles "Ernie" Hodges and wife, Kelly, and Phillip "Eddie" Hodges and wife, Missy; father, Charles Hodges; sister, Pam Litton; 10 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren, who were the light of his life.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Roads Hospice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com.
Published in The Examiner on June 6, 2014