Bill C. Hodson

Funeral service for Bill C. Hodson, 92, Lenexa will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 at Lecompton United Methodist Church. Burial with Police Honors will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Lecompton. He died March 29, 2014 at Garden Terrace in Overland Park.

He was born on October 20, 1921 in Worden, Kansas the son of Clarence N. and Ruth R. (Collins) Hodson.

Bill grew up in the Lakeview area and attended Crowder and Lecompton schools, graduating in 1940. At the age of 18, Bill served in the U.S. Army, 70th Infantry Division during WWII, 1942-1945. In 1948 he joined the Douglas County Sheriff’s office and served as Sheriff 1954-1956. He went on to work as a detective special agent for the Santa Fe Railroad for 25 years. He was a member of the VFW and Kansas Peace Officers Association.

He married Jean D. Baker on June 5, 1949 in Lawrence, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three daughters, Mary Beth Bilhimer and husband, Jim, Lawrence, Cathy Hodges and husband, Bruce, Lenexa, Karen Hodson, Lake Ozarks, MO; sister, Sharon Engel, Mansfield, PA, four grandchildren, Matthew Bilhimer and wife, Sarah, Sara Bilhimer, Laura Bilhimer, and Ashley Hodges. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jill R. Hodson on February 4, 2014; sister, Betty Rogers and two brothers, Lawrence B. “Sonny” Hodson and Philip Hodson.

The family will greet friends 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, April 3rd at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Monticello United Methodist Church – Mission’s Team and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

7 Condolences

  1. Sharon Hodson Engel on March 31, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Condolences to Bill’s family and friends from us in Mansfield, Pa., Corning, NY and Manchester, NH. May Bill rest in peace. Love from all of us: Sharon, Lou, Missy, Dan, Courtney, Wendy, Dane, Zachary and Noah.

  2. Mr. Maurice S. Dunn on April 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Bill & I were best friends throughout our work experience at the AT & SF Railway in Argentine, needling each other daily, & his jovial manner was appreciated. I lost track of him after he worked at Dillon’s in Olathe, but when I visited with him recently, I did not think he remembered me, but that is a reflcetion upon how Old Age plays tricks on both mind & memory. I am sure Bill Compton & Bill Doyle would join me in extending our condolences to the Family. He was a Great Friend, Good Man, & leaves me with many cherished memories. Sincerely, Maurice S. Dunn, Former Agent AT & SF Ry.

  3. Steve Elschlager on April 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

    He was my Uncle Bill. My brothers and I got to visit almost every summer when we were growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. He had that wonderful smile- – he always seemed larger than life and was always good to us. We especially liked to look at his gun collection – -lots of hand guns- –something young boys were fascinated over! And – – we enjoyed him telling us about them- – every year! I will miss him- – -but never forget my Uncle Bill.

  4. Rick Schwebel on April 1, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    To the family : my sincere condolences. There is no greater pain than the death of a loved one. Sometimes it seems almost more than a person can bear. Jehovah God helps us with this in His word, He promises us that He will put a stop to all sickness and death will be no more (REV 21;3.4) Jehovah also shows His love for us through the ransom sacrifice of His beloved son Jesus Christ. What a wonderful gift to be given ! Then the hope of seeing our loved ones again on this earth, transformed into a paradise. The Bible tells us this was Jehovah’s will when He created Adam & Eve. Please take your Bible and read: (Genesis 1:26,27; John 5: 28,29; Psalms 37:11,22,29). If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me at: Sincerely: Rick Ruiz Schwebel.

  5. Ed Boswell on April 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Bill was my good friend since we worked together from 1949 and
    our families have stayed in touch closely since. He was a
    gentleman. a loyal friend and associate. I will miss his smile
    and friendly disposition. My prayers and condolences to his family.
    Ed Boswell

  6. michele (Garrett) simpson on April 2, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    My dearest sympathies to the Hodson family. I can only attempt to describe the loving memories I have of all the years I spent in your home. From the earliest years of the 60’s, Grant Grade School and your home then, until you moved to Streator, IL and then back to KS you all were a part of my family. I cherish those years to this day. Mr. Hodson was just like a Father to me whenever I stayed in your home. I always looked forward to staying with your family and will be forever grateful to all the years I was welcome in your home. Mrs. Hodson I considered you my “2nd Mom” always. Cathy our friendship was unreal. We truly are sisters. Mary & Karen too as we grew up together every summer I stayed in your home as well as Jill RIP. God Bless you all.

  7. jane collins-Scruggs on August 22, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    This was the nicest man ever . Lost track of him but never forgot him

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