EUREKA - Harold E. Hodel, 93, of Eureka, Ill., passed away and went to be with his Lord at 2:40 a.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka.
He was born on April 3, 1921, in Roanoke, Ill., to Chris and Elizabeth Schumacher Hodel. He married Mildred Anliker on Sept. 2, 1945. They celebrated 68 years of marriage together. She survives.
Also surviving are three children, Beth (Curtis) Rocke, Kent (Janet) Hodel and Karen (Doug) Martin; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one sister, Flo Wuthrich; and one brother, Bob Hodel.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Steven, and two sisters, Marie Goetzinger and Ann Wagler.
Harold graduated from Roanoke High School and served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II from 1942-45. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and one Silver Star for his courageous efforts.
He was a farmer in Metamora and the founder and owner of Hodel's Eggs. In addition to his farming career, he served his community well for many years, being active on many boards, committees and fundraisers, including hosting and traveling with AFS students.
He was an active member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Eureka, where he served as trustee, Sunday school teacher and superintendent.
Funeral services will be at his church at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014. Church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Roanoke Apostolic Christian Cemetery.
Harold will be sorely missed by his church and his family, which he greatly loved and enjoyed. He will be remembered for his stained-glass creations and his love of working puzzles.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka or UnityPoint Health-Methodist Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.