Mr. Hodges was born on March 24, 1929 in Littlefield, Texas, the son of Guy and Alice Martin Hodges.
He served in the U.S. Navy serving in Korea before being honorably discharged after 20 years of service as a chief boatswain mate, diver first class.
He was the owner of Ernie's Café on Bank Street for the last 33 years, a friend to everyone he met. He was a member of the Elks Club, Shriners, The Moose Club, VFW, The Polish-American Veteran's Club, The Navy League, Chamber of Commerce, Democratic Town Committee, "Old Bastard's Club", and was a 32nd Degree Mason.
Mr. Hodges is survived by his two sons, Robert Hodges, of New London and William Wydra, of Ledyard; his six daughters, Roxanna Ackerman, of Ohio, Lola Holden, of Illinois, Regina Seidel, of Oakdale, Glenna Hodges, of Oakdale, Ramona Hodges, of Niantic, and Chrysta Wydr, of Ledyard; 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005 at 10 a.m. in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London. Interment will follow in Raymond Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will he held on Friday from 2 until 4 p.m. and again at 7 until 9 p.m. in the funeral home.
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