Mark William Hodan of Rockwood, 70, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, after a long illness.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, of 43 years; and his three children, Bill and wife Billie, Kennesaw, Ga., Dan and wife Heather, Jonesborough, and Cheryl Overholt, Knoxville; and their families, including three grandchildren, Kayla, Jaxon, and Mason. He is also survived by his sister, Karen Mainous, Pell City, Ala.; and brother, Allen Hodan, Dillon, Mont.
He was born in Highland Park, Mich., to the late Charles William Hodan and Francis Jane Kratz Hodan. As a youth, he excelled in playing the trumpet and performing in local and state ensemble and solo contests in Port Clinton, Ohio, and subsequently in Phoenix, N.Y., where he graduated from high school in 1961. After high school, he attended the State University of New York School of Music in Fredonia. His love of trumpet and brass music was a lifelong passion.
He left college in 1962 and enlisted in the U.S. Army
. He was stationed in Vietnam in 1963. Upon completion of his enlistment in 1965, he gained employment as an accountant at TRW Automotive in Sterling Heights, Mich. He attended college at the Detroit College of Business, and while working at TRW, he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance in 1974. His perseverance and dedication led to a promotion in 1979 to controller of the TRW Staton Plant in Greenville, N.C., and later to Rack and Pinion Division controller, based in Rogersville. After retiring from TRW in 1997, he moved with his wife to Rockwood, where he was controller for British Nuclear Fuels Limited in Oak Ridge, and later, treasurer for Rockwood Gas and Water Utility.
The family received friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in Evans Mortuary, Rockwood. Funeral services followed at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, from the chapel of Evans Mortuary, with the Rev. Charles Kelley officiating. Graveside services and burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood with full military honors by the Roane County Military Memorial Honor Guard and the Tennessee Army National Guard. An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.biz