Joseph Hoodak Jr., age 82, a 22-year resident of Bullhead City, Ariz., died Friday, October 26, 2012, at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center of heart disease.
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Mr. Hoodak was born in Detroit, Mich., December 10, 1929, to Joseph Hoodak Sr. and Eleanor Nicolai.
Joseph served in the United States Army Air Force/United States Air Force (1947-1950) and the United States Marine Corps (1951-1953). He was a Korean War veteran. After his military service he went on to become a small business owner and television repairman in Oceanside, Calif. He then took a position as maintenance repairman for the Palos Verde Unified School District in Palos Verde, Calif., until he retired to Bullhead City, Ariz. in 1990.
Mr. Hoodak's passions were flying and woodworking. He was a private pilot for more than 30 years. He also enjoyed gardening.
Mr. Hoodak and his wife were devoted to supporting local veteran groups. Joseph was a 35-year member of the American Legion and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also belonged to the Elks and worked with various charities.
Mr. Hoodak is survived by his wife, Phyllis; her son and daughters and their spouses, Susan Schaeffer, Karen and Casey Miller, Robert and Andjelia Barton and four grandchildren; his first wife, Elizabeth, their son and daughter Joseph III (Susan) Hoodak, Catherine (Donald) Stoffel; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 AM on Monday, December 10, 2012, at the American Legion Post #87, 2249 Clearwater Drive, Bullhead City, Arizona.
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