James "Emmer" George Hodge, age 56, of Corning passed away suddenly Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Corning Hospital.
Emmer was born October 27, 1957 in Corning, NY the son of the late Robert and late Betty (Erickson) Hodge.
He married Arlene Lazore on May 7, 1988 in Corning, she survives him.
Emmer graduated from Corning East High, class of 1975.
He attended UMBC and Towson State College in Maryland. He was employed as a forming operator with the diesel facility of Corning Inc. for twenty seven years.
He was also the recording secretary for United Steel Workers Union, local #1000 and an avid Union rep.
Emmer enjoyed fishing, hunting, and was a huge Baltimore Orioles and Green Bay Packers fan. He, Arlene and Erick traveled many times to area fishing and sporting events which also included Ericks sporting events.
Emmer played and also officiated college and high school Lacrosse for twenty years.
He is survived by his wife: Arlene (Lazore) Hodge, one son Erickson Hodge of Corning, NY; two brothers: Ken (Nancy) Hodge of Delmar, NY, and Richard Hodge of Corning, NY; nephews: Michael (Sandra) Hodge, Scott (Katie) Hodge, and many other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Emmer was predeceased by his parents Robert and Betty, and mother-in-law Shirley Lazore and a niece Nicole Stigers.
Friends will be received Tuesday March 18thh from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm at the Phillips Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St. in Corning,
Services will follow there at 7:00pm with Pastor Connie Seifert officiating.
Memorials in his name may be made to Care First, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830 or to the
, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790.
Light a candle for Emmer at www.phillipsfuneralhome.com.