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Larry E. Hodges

Published: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 12:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 12:42 p.m. CDT

Larry E. Hodges, 73, of Sheridan, Wyo., died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in the Billings Clinic, Billings, Mont.

Mr. Hodges was born Nov. 11, 1939, in Kirksville, Mo., to Floyd and Roxie (Newman) Hodges. He grew up and attended schools in Newton and Grinnell, Iowa.

Larry married Kay Snook in Newton, Iowa, and they had three children. On March 3, 1978, Larry married Karol Williams Bleakney.

Mr. Hodges worked at the Vernon Company in Newton, Iowa, until moving to Tucson, Ariz., where he and Karol managed apartment complexes. The couple moved to Sheridan, Wyo., in 1993.

Larry attended the First Baptist Church in Sheridan.

Since his retirement he spent many hours in his workshop creating intricate woodworking projects. He enjoyed showing them and giving them as gifts. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

Mr. Hodges was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Karol, of Sheridan, Wyo.; three sons, Curt Hodges, (Missy), of Newton, Iowa, Mike Bleakney, (Mary), of Newton, Iowa, and Dan Bleakney, of Napa, Calif.; three daughters, Lynn Patterson, (Roger), of Newton, Iowa, Kendra Simpson, (Eric), of Zionsville, Ind., and Deb Bleakney, (Rod Snodgrass), of Newton, Iowa; two brothers, Joe Hodges, (Nyla), and Doug Hodges, (Evelyn), both of Newton, Iowa; one sister, Lucinda Hagen, of Tucson, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial service for Mr. Hodges will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Champion Ferries Funeral Home with Pastor John Craft officiating. Arrangements are with Champion Ferries Funeral Home.

Memorials in memory of Larry may be made to the Dialysis Unit at Sheridan Memorial Hospital, or the Welch Cancer Center, 1401 W. Fifth St. Sheridan, WY 82801.

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