Melvin C. Hodder, "Mel", of Dearborn, passed away on August 20, 2019 at the age of 92.
Married to the love of his life, Betty, for just shy of 70 years in November.
Loving father of Edward (Laura), Henry (Lois), Cheryl (Daniel) Ballnik, and Jeffrey (Pam).
Cherished grandfather of Julie Dennis, James, Henry, Jr., Evan Ballnik, Kristianna Ballnik, Kristy McClain, and Joshua Jenkins.
Great grandfather of Trevor Dennis, Nicole Dennis, Alex, Raeann, Matthew McClain, Grace Galloway, Dean Jenkins, and Levi Jenkins.
Great-great grandfather of Leo.
Magic was a big part of Mel’s life and he was well known for his magic tricks. He was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He would do magic shows at church functions and parties, he was most happy entertaining people.
Mel loved animals and had doves and rabbits as pets. These doves and rabbits were also part of his magic show. His children would raise and take care of the doves and the rabbits.
Mel also loved to travel. The family would pack up their popup camper and hit the road for a fun adventure. They had a lot of fun going to different parks and attractions all across America. In his later years, he and his beloved wife, Betty, would pack up their RV and spend time in Florida.
He was a proud Navy veteran. Mel served during World War II where he searched for explosives. He was on a small vessel called a mine-sweeper boat, which would travel the treacherous ocean waters in search of mines in the water.
He was most happy when with his family. He enjoyed hunting trips with the Rutenbar family – however – he shot more videos and photos than guns. He really loved working with Betty at the Greenfield Village. They worked there together for over 10 years.
Mel always had a great time, no matter what he was doing. He could make any event fun and anyone who ever met him will always remember how fun he was.
He loved life and lived a full and happy life. He had many blessings.
Funeral service at 10AM on Saturday, August 24, at the Dearborn Chapel of Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 22546 Michigan Ave.Read More