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Howard Criner Hodges


1933 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Howard Criner Hodges Obituary
Howard was the youngest of three children born to James Harris Hodges and Ruble Scroggins in Tucumcari, NM. He graduated from Tucumcari high school in 1952 and from his beloved alma mater, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, New Mexico, in 1957 with a BS Degree in Geology. He enlisted in a Critical Skill program and went through Marine Corp Boot Camp in San Diego followed by 7 years in the reserves.
Through his career as a petroleum geologist, he worked for a number of oil companies in New Mexico and Texas before semi-retiring and working periodically as a very successful independent and consultant. Full retirement came with a move to Grand Junction, Colorado, in the year 2000.
Howard was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2011, and resided in The Courtyard Care Center and Larchwood Inns for 4 years before dying on January 12, 2019, in the wonderful care of HopeWest Hospice.
His loving wife, Shirley Feilbach Hodges and three children survive him: Matthew Howard Hodges, Philip Andrew Hodges, and Susan Eileen Hargis. Also surviving him are three grandsons and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, James Ray Hodges and his sister, Joann Hodges Vincent.
Burial will take place in Tucumcari, New Mexico, with graveside service at 1 P.M. on Saturday, January 19. Arrangements by Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction and Dunn Funeral Home in Tucumcari. Memorials may be directed to HopeWest Hospice Care Center, 3090 N 12th St., Grand Junction CO 81506, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.
Published in the Quay County Sun on Jan. 16, 2019
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