Kasilof resident William Michael Hodges, 57, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from liver failure.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the Soldotna Church of God. Pastor Alan Humphries will officiate.
Mike was born Nov. 27, 1956 in Norfolk, Va. He worked for American Pest as an exterminator. He moved to Alaska in 1996 and lived in Kasilof.
Mike had been a volunteer firefighter and was a member of the Soldotna Church of God. He enjoyed fishing, commercial fishing, jewelry making, woodworking, gardening, traveling, camping and training cougars.
"Mike was a loving protector of family, friends and even strangers. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was very outgoing, positive and optimistic. Mike was very giving, genuine and passionate. Spending time with his grandchildren was his favorite thing to do. As a young man, he was very wild and mischievous. Later in his life, he found a new love
for God. He was an excellent fisherman, an avid gardener and an animal lover. He had such a vibrant personality, an amazing sense of humor and loved to tell stories. He will be in our hearts until we see him again."
His family said.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, William and Doris (Jones) Hodges, and his sister, Kassie Hodges.
He is survived by his wife, Maggie Hodges of Kasilof; brothers, Ed Hodges of San Diego, Calif., and Stephen Hodges of Oregon; sister, Nikki Hodges of Sweethome, Ore.; daughters, Melissa Herring of Arvada, Colo., Christina Hamilton of Paramount, Calif. and Sarah Foor of Alhambra, Calif.; son, Stephen Hodges of Arvada, Colo.; stepdaughters, Jenna Scalzo of Norfolk,
Va., and Amanda Wiese of Soldotna; stepson, David Browning of Westminster, Colo.; and 14 grandchildren.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on July 28, 2014