Robert D. Hodges

Oscoda, Michigan
March 15, 1934 - December 25, 2017


The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda, MI.

Service Location

Sacred Heart Catholic Church ~ Oscoda, Michigan


Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017 – 11:00 am (instate at 10:00 am) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda, MI

Obituary Notice

Robert D. Hodges

Age 83, of Oscoda, MI died on Monday, December 25, 2017.  He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, MI on March 15, 1934 to the late Gordon and Margaret Hodges (nee Doherty).  Bob moved to Mt. Pleasant, MI 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 bachelors and master’s degrees in education from CMU. After graduation he moved to Oscoda where he began teaching 4th 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 long time bank director of Huron Community Bank.  Bob is survived by his wife Sheila A. Hodges (Arnold) whom he married on September 4, 1954 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant, MI.  He is also survived by his two daughters, Sandra K. Hodges of Flint, MI, Jennifer (Tim) Ratowski of Oscoda, MI; sister Audrey Lett of Kansas; granddaughter Megan (Brad) Hasse and 4 great-grandchildren, Mason, Garrett, Declan and Emilee. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Gordon and Edward Hodges, sister Jean Heatherington and grandson Robert McKerring. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017 – 11:00 am (instate at 10:00 am) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda, MI with Rev. Charles Donajkowski officiating.  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in Oscoda, MI.  Memorials may be directed to the Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation, PO Box 694, Oscoda, MI 48750.  You may offer condolences at


Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation, PO Box 694, Oscoda, MI 48750


Bob was always a champion for our community and his star shines brightly. He not only served as Superintendent of Oscoda Area Schools but also served on numerous boards in and around Oscoda. He was smart, genuine, real and a good friend. Our hearts are heavy.
— Bill & Alice Parsons
thank you mr Hodges you are a wonderful man and inspiration to all. any thing you need Mrs Hodges please call.
— Ritter Pack
Aunt Shelia, Sandra, and Jennifer, Jim and I are very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Leslie and Jim
— Leslie Simons
Bob was one of the kindest and most respected individuals we have had the honor and pleasure knowing. Our deepest sympathy to his family.
— Lee and Mary Mertz
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob was superintendent when we first came to Oscoda over 40 years ago. He was a friend and a colleague. He was such caring and compassionate person and will be greatly missed.
— Bob and Linda Skodack
My thoughts and prayers go out to you Ms Sheila.
— Willie and Julie Parsons
Sandy and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your happy memories carry you through these days ahead. Much love sent to you. Chris and Patti Wagner
— Patti Wagner
So sorry to here about Bob, Gary and I send our thoughts and prayers to the family. We will miss you!!
— Nancy Thede
Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family at this difficult time. Remember him being around the school, a friendly man whom was dedicated to Oscoda Schools.
— Shelly Tregear Guoan
Sincerest condolences to the family of Mr.Hodges.
— Sam and Terry Rizzotto and family
Sending my sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the family. Bob was a dear family friend and will be missed by many.
— Connie (Bissonette) Landefeld
Wow thoughts and prayers for the family.I am so sad to see such a wonderful person leave this earth but for him a new beginning. He was the best superintendent we could ever have.He will be sadly missed.
— Sherry kimsel
Sandy, I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful fulfilling life he had!! You are in my prayers for strength during this difficult time.
— Carol Almeranti
So very, very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful gentleman, gem of a superintendent and generous mentor to me and his many colleagues. Have always treasured my years working at Oscoda Schools. Bob set the example and those of us who followed in his footsteps were better educators for having known him. Love to Sheila and the girls . . .
— Sue (Stuber) MacGregor
So sad to hear this news. Bob was a wonderful, kind caring man. His passing will leave a huge hole in our community. My prayers to Sheila and the family. RIP friend.
— Gaye
I'm sorry to hear, please let us know if there is anything we can do. Bob will be missed, you will be in our prayers
— Mike russo and family
Mrs. Hodges, Sandy and Jennifer. We are deeply saddened by the loss of your husband and father and our dear friend. We will all miss his smile, laugh and hugs and how he would always greet us with such sincerity and caring. He has inspired us to live, love and laugh each day. If you need anything we are only a phone call away. Bob Pack, Steve and Sandy Bass, Mike and Sarah Bass, Michelle and Brian Palmer, Robert, Susan, Brian, Daniel and Sarah Pack.
— Pack Family
Bob was a pillar of the community and will be missed by all. RIP Bob. Prayers and sympathies to the family.
— Billie Wright
So sorry Sheila and family. Bob was such a super guy, we will miss his winter trips to Florida. We always looked forward to seeing him. You are in our thoughts and prayers
— Chris & Earl Crist
Was shocked at the news of Bob’s passing. Please accept our condolences and sympathies along with our prayers for you and family.
Bill & Marilynn Underwood, Rick & Debra Underwood and Teri & Tom McConnell
— Rick Underwood
Sandy and family,so sorry for your loss.Bob will be missed by all. Our prayers and best wishes for you and family.
— Beth and Joe O'Grady
Jack and I are so sorry for your loss and Bob will be missed by a lot of people!! One thing I loved about him was his sense of humor!! If any of you guys need anything, please let Jack or me know!!! Our community has lost a GIANT!!!!
— Jack and Alanda Barnes
So sorry for your loss, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Bob
— Pam Altman Legere
Sincere wishes for lasting peace and comfort for Sheila, Sandy, Jennifer and family. Both John and I were blessed to have known Bob. As his secretary for many years, I saw first hand Bob's leadership skills, professionalism and fairness and the way he guided the district through various difficult times. I'm sure he will be remembered as Oscoda's best superintendent of schools. So long to a great role model and one of the good guys.
— Sandra and John McArdle
Sending Sheila and family our sincere condolences. Bob was a great friend and colleague and neighbor.
— The Gum family
Dear Sandy, so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort with the happy memories of the time spent with your Dad and from support of family and friends.
My deepest sympathy to your family.
— Linda Almeranti
Across the Pacific and the continent, my heart is with Mrs.Hodges, the Bad Table and Oscoda. While not one of my host families, the Hodges was definitely part of the reason why I felt and keep feeling at home in Oscoda. As a 16-y-o Rotary exchange student from Tokyo back in 1986, I was not aware then how Mr.Hodges had great impact to my life. I really wish I could express in person my appreciation after so many years. RIP
— Yoko
Dear Sheila and family, our sincere condolences on Bob's passing. At different times in our lives Bob was a coach, a counselor, a mentor, a colleague, and most importantly a friend to us. It was very fitting that we saw him for the last time this fall at the sports complex which bears his name.
— Bob Kennedy & Margy Kutzera
Bob Hodges was a great friend and mentor, he always made time for everyone. We will miss his great smile and his great sense of humor. Rest In Peace, and peace be with his family.
— Buzz and Doni Green
Sandy you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m sending much love your way. I’m just a phone call away.
— Pamela Altheimer
I will always remember Bob for his kindness and generous spirit. He was a wonderful mentor to me during my thirty years of teaching in Oscoda. He rose up through the ranks to become a respected leader in our school district, and continued on to serve his community well in many aspects. "Well done thou good and faithful servant."
— Peggy Ridgway
Will remember all the fun times in Destin Fl. Saw Bob last year when i visited in destin.
— janet K Young
Dear Sheila, we are deeply saddened by the news of Bob's passing. Bob was the first member of the Oscoda community to make us feel welcomed when I arrived at Wurtsmith AFB to be the vice Commander. Our working relationship over the next four years and continued friendship to this day is something I will always cherish. We are so glad that we were able to visit two years ago. Our prayers go to you and the family.
— Al and Connie Sauter
My Uncle Bob was a wonderful man. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him was truly blessed. You couldn't find a better soul anywhere. Heaven truly gained an angel Christmas day. Sending all of my love and a huge hug to my Aunt Sheila and my cousins Jennifer and Sandy. You are in my constant thoughts and prayers. Love you all so very much💜
— Jeanie Arnold
He stayed for a while with my family when I was about 7 or 8 (it must have been just when he was moving to Oscoda - my Dad was then elementary principal. He was so kind and patient. When he left he gave me his college meteorology book - which I have cherished (but never read, alas!) all these years.
— Lee Bothwell
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Bob Hodges. We met Bob and Sheila years ago at the home of my uncle, Bob Pack, also of Oscoda. We had many great times with Bob and Sheila both in Oscoda, and in Destin, Florida. He will be missed by many.
— John & Annett Wakeman, Vista, California
A true Gentleman and Professional.
Was fortunate to know him through my work at
Iosco Intermediate School District.
— Ed Nagy
Bob will be truly missed in Oscoda. May you Rest In Peace. We have many good memories of Bob. Bill knew him as a young boy as they grew up two doors away on Swinton Street in Sault Ste. Marie. They shared many funny stories of their youth. Sheila we are here for you.
— Sylvia and Bill Kellan

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