Robert D. Hodges, age 83, of Oscoda,died on Monday, Dec. 25, 2017.
He was born in Sault Ste. Marie on March 15, 1934 to the late Gordon and Margaret Hodges (nee Doherty). Bob moved to Mt. Pleasant to complete high school before attending college. He initially went to Lake Superior State University on a basketball scholarship before transferring to Central Michigan University. Bob earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in education from CMU.
After graduation he moved to Oscoda where he began teaching fourth grade in January of 1959. He later became a teaching principal of County Line School, principal of Cedar Lake School, assistant superintendent and he finally served as Oscoda Area Schools superintendent from 1974 until he retired in 1991.
Bob also coached basketball at OHS over the years and was honored with the development of the Robert D. Hodges Sports Complex. He was a member of the Oscoda Rotary Club, Oscoda AuSable Chamber of Commerce, Wurtsmith Development Commission, Iosco Transit Corporation, Oscoda Area Jaycees, Oscoda AuSable Senior Center and he was a longtime bank director of Huron Community Bank.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sheila A. Hodges (Arnold), whom he married on Sept. 4, 1954 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant. He is also survived by his two daughters, Sandra K. Hodges of Flint and Jennifer (Tim) Ratowski of Oscoda; sister, Audrey Lett of Kansas; granddaughter, Megan (Brad) Hasse; and four great grandchildren, Mason, Garrett, Declan and Emilee.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by two brothers, Gordon and Edward Hodges; sister, Jean Heatherington; and grandson, Robert McKerring.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. (instate at 10 a.m.) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda with Rev. Charles Donajkowski officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda. Memorials may be directed to Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation, PO Box 694, Oscoda, MI 48750. Condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
Published by Oscoda Press from Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018.