Charles L. Hodges

Graveside services for Charles Lester Hodges, 88, Lawrence, will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at Clinton Cemetery. He passed away July 28, 2020 at Bridge Haven Memory Care.

He was born on April 18, 1932 in Lawrence, KS, the son of Harold Lester Hodges and Laura Martina (Pugh) Hodges Hess. He had one younger sister, Janet Ione Hodges Mills.

He graduated from Lawrence Liberty High School in 1950. He served his country in the United States Air Force, and was honorably discharged to go back to Clinton and help with the family farm. He was a teamster truck driver for Constant Construction for over 30 years. In retirement Charles became a full time farmer in Clinton and full time grandpa helping with his two granddaughters. He served on the Douglas County Zoning Committee, Clinton Township Board and was a member of the Douglas County Farm Bureau and Kansas Construction Trades. He was a member of the Clinton Presbyterian Church.

Charles married Margaret Ann Gabriel on October 27, 1953 in Kansas City. She survives of the home. Charles and Margaret would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this October.

Other survivors include his daughter, Marilyn A. Colgan (Steve Crane); two granddaughters, Melissa A. Kalb (Stephen), Michelle A. Hall (Jon); and five great grandchildren, Brady, Blakely, Bennett Kalb, Charlsee, and Cole Hall.

Charles was able to see his daughter and granddaughter, Michelle graduate from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine and his granddaughter Melissa graduate from Kansas State University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

The family suggests memorials in his name to Douglas County 4-H Foundation and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

23 Condolences

  1. Liliana Bernal on July 31, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Dear Marilyn,
    Please receive my condolences. I hope that the great memories with your dad will always remain.
    Sending a big hug and blessings for you and your family!
    Liliana and Jim

  2. Cindy Hadl-Bornong on July 31, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Marilynn, So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and confort to you and your family.
    Cindy Hadl-Bornong

  3. Debbie Shafer on July 31, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Aunt Margaret and Family
    We are sure going to miss Uncle Charles his smile his love for his family his kindness. He was very compassionate. He’s with his sister and my dad his mom and dad. God has a wonderful angel. He will he in our hearts forever

  4. Debbie Davenport on July 31, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Marty and I are sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you and your family.

  5. Lori Gordon Tilson on July 31, 2020 at 10:56 am

    So sorry to hear of this. My condolences to all of you. I remember his mom and sister- and now neighbor to Michelle and Jon. It’s amazing how the small community families go back generations.

  6. Mary Hacker on July 31, 2020 at 11:54 am

    So sorry to hear that such a wonderful family member of your family has left this earth. This earth was a better place because of his presence. He was kind and cared tremendously for his family. He will be missed by all in the Clinton area. My love to your family.

  7. Vicky and Mike Stalcup and girls on July 31, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Margaret, Marilyn & family:
    So sorry to hear of “Charlie’s” passing. Our family will always have such fond memories of the time spent with your wonderful family.

  8. Elissa Koelling on July 31, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    Melissa and Michelle,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to both of you today with the passing of Grandpa Hodges. I will be thinking of you and your families today.
    Elissa Lemesany Koelling

  9. Rita Fulks on July 31, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    Margaret, Marilynn and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss.

  10. Laurie Walker on July 31, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Laurie Walker
    Marilyn, I’m so sorry for your loss. May fond memories of your Dad keep his spirit close in your heart. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  11. IRIS WAGNER on July 31, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Iris Wagner:
    Marilyn and family-For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain. Phil 1:21

  12. Harry johnson on July 31, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Marilyn, I’m sorry to hear of your loss.

  13. Kayann Stables on July 31, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I know you have many loving memories that you can draw from to help you through difficult times. You and your family are in my thoughts.
    Kayann Stables

  14. millie Conger on August 1, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Prayers for all of you.

  15. Stan and Annette Larson on August 1, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Prayers of comfort and strength for all of the family

    Stan and Annette

  16. Deloris Jerome on August 1, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Margaret and family you are in our thoughts and prayers as you face this loss. With sympathy, Dee and Tom Jerome

  17. Rhonda Banks on August 1, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Margaret, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your Charles. Keeping you and the family in prayer.

  18. Amy Button Renz on August 1, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Marilyn, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find comfort in your special memories. Take care. Amy

  19. cheryl medlen on August 1, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    My Dad Billy Routh used to work with him at Constant and remembered him fondly. We wish to give our condolences.

  20. Sharon Gabriel on August 3, 2020 at 10:17 am

    Sharon Gabriel
    I am so sorry the years have gone by and we didn’t keep in touch. I will never forget the time , over 65 years ago, that Charles came to my Mom and Dad’s house one evening and ask if “Margaret Gabriel” was there, and my Dad said “Yes she is, but I don’t think she’s the one you want.” And then my Dad went about explaining who was who! I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was planning ti attend your family get together last winter,, but the weather was scarring me off. Of course now I wish I had come. Please know I am thinking about your family and wishing you am wishing you comfort and peace.

  21. Mary Ann Nicolay on August 5, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Margaret Ann,

    I am sorry for your loss of your beloved husband of nearly 65 years. You have my sympathy.

    Mary Ann Nicolay

  22. Melanie O’Dell and family on August 31, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Hodges family,
    I am so sorry for your families’ loss. Big hugs. Nearly 65 years married is a great accomplishment as well. Love you

    Melanie O’Dell and family

  23. Kim Neis on August 31, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Margaret Ann and family,
    Keeping you all in our prayers.
    65 years together, hold on, to those memories!

    Doris Schehrer,
    Kim and Jerry Neis

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