Phil Hodge passed away March 20, 2013, peacefully at home.
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He was born March 9, 1940, in Albany, Calif., to Cecil and Elsie Hodge, and was raised in Richmond, Calif.
He graduated from Richmond Union High School in 1958. After high school he joined the United States Air Force, where he spent his career in Security Police. He retired in 1978 as a Vietnam Veteran and Bronze Star recipient. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked at Maywood for 15 years, until they closed. He then worked at Bi-Mart for six years, before retiring in 2000.
He met Lynn Troutman, the love of his life, in 1957. They married Jan. 13, 1963 in Richmond, Calif. They had 50 amazing years together.
He and Lynn started the Junior Rifle Club at AFSouth NATO Base in Naples, Italy in 1964, and continued involvement through 1968. Later, after moving to Klamath Falls and starting a family, he became a 4-H leader in archery and coached T-ball and soccer so that he could be involved in the interests of his two sons.
He was a life/benefactor member of the National Rifle Association, one of the founding members of the Jefferson State Shooting Association (and was later awarded a life membership in honor of his work for the association) as well as a life member of the Klamath Sportsman's Park Association.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid shooter, and participated in a variety of shooting sports. He helped build the Klamath Sportsmans Park in Keno, and was a past vice president of the Klamath Sportsmans Park Association. He held numerous offices in the Jefferson State Shooting Association, including 20 years as the Bowling Pin Match Chairman, and was a co-chairman of the Jefferson State Shooting Association Gun, Knife, and Coin Show for a number of years. As one of the founding members of the Jefferson State Friends of NRA, he was dedicated to advancing firearms safety education, youth hunting and shooting programs, women's shooting programs and range improvements.
He is survived by his wife Lynn; son and daughter-in-law Chris and Rhonda Hodge; son Aaron Hodge; special friends Larry and Donna Bosley, Larry and Lorain Despain, Floyd and Marty Hancock, Tom and Patty Neel, Dave and Cricket Roskos, Bill and Joan Youngren, all of Klamath Falls, and Drew and Sharon Stevenson of Richmond, Ca.
At his request, he will be cremated and there will be no services.
Memorial donations may be made to KCF/Sportsman's Park Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 1903, Klamath Falls, OR 97601 or to the Jefferson State Friends of NRA, c/o Chris Pellissier, P.O. Box 7465, Klamath Falls, Or, 97602.
I know you had to leave our life together early, but as always, I know you'll wait for me. You are my forever love.
Family and friends loved him, squirrels feared him.
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Published in Herald And News on Mar. 24, 2013