Robert D. Hodges
Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home Inc
212 W River Rd
Oscoda, MI
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
Published by Oscoda Press from Dec. 26, 2017 to Jan. 2, 2018.
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Thinking of you all, Mrs. Hodges, Sandy, Jen, and family with the loss of Mr. Hodges. He was very much respected and loved in our community. He loved the kids he supervised and was always ready with a smile whenever some of us would come hang out at the house. He will be missed. May God give you the strength during this difficult time. Hugs❤
Patti Koenig-VanAgtmael
December 29, 2017
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father, Robert Hodges. He was a pillar in my young life in Oscoda and we are heartbroken for you Sheila, Sandy and Jennifer. We grew up just down the street and remember him so well from High School and around the neighborhood and the community. Please accept our sincere condolences at this sad time. May you rest in eternal Peace Mr. Hodges. You will be so missed.
Judith Hollen-Carr
December 29, 2017
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