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Lloyd James Hodges, 81

Lloyd James Hodges 81 of Rainy River, Ontario passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2003 at the Rainy River Hospital in Rainy River. He was born on September 1, 1922 in Rainy River, Ontario to the late Charles and Magna Hodges.
He hired on the CNR as a call boy in November 1941. He then enlisted in the army on Dec. 2, 1942 and served with Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment & Winnipeg Rifles. He obtained the rank of Corporal, Company Sargent Major & 1/4 Master Sargent. During the war he served in Canada, England, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland & Germany. He was discharged on June 7, 1946.
He resumed his career on the railway September 8, 1946 as a fireman & was promoted to engineer July 1951. He retired September 1987. Lloyd was a life member of Branch 54 Royal Canadian Legion. Served as Vice President, 2nd Vice President, President, Past President, House Chair, Finance Chair and was awarded the MSM, the Meritorious Service Medal, which is the highest award presented by the Legion. He was a member of St. James Anglican Church, a past member of the Moose Lodge and a member of the 727 Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Lloyd is survived by his brother Ken (Eileen) Hodges of Melville, Sask; and sisters Ethel Wilson and Eileen Hodges, both of Rainy River, Shirley (Orville) Thacker of Kitchener, Gean (Bill) Ewald of Rainy River and Charlotte (Gordon) Calder of Fort Frances. Also surviving are 2 aunts, Stella Jenson of McInnes Creek, Ont; and Helen Wensley of Parksville, B.C.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Magna Hodges, brother Norman Hodges, sister Helen McQuaker and brothers-in-law Andy McQuaker and Les Wilson.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Rainy River. Lay Leader Glen Armstrong officiated with interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River.
Friends visited with the family on Wednesday evening, December 17, 2003 at the Rainy River Funeral Home.
The active pallbearers were Rene Nordberg, John Amundsen, Carl Peters, Pat Giles, Ed Tymkin and Fred Westover.
The honourary pallbearers were John Sirman, Harry Arnould, Herb Nelson, Don Marchuk, Jack Rattigan, Gerry Marchuk, Joe Kaliska, Don Budreau, Manny Nordin and Terry Cooper.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Rainy River Hospital, Box 236, Rainy River, Ontario POW 1L0