FROSTPROOF, Fla.— Francis B. Hodson, 83, of Chesterfield, passed away April 3, 2014, in Frostproof, Fla., after an extended illness.
He was born July 21, 1930, in Anderson to Frank and Eva Hodson. He graduated from Middletown High School in 1948. Upon graduation he served four years in the United States Air Force including Germany on the Berlin Airlift and in Paris to the S.H.A.P. Headquarters of General Eisenhower.
Returning to Middletown he married Joyce Ann Reedy on Jan. 13, 1952. They resided in Middletown for 32 years and moved to Chesterfield in 1968. He retired from Delco Remy in 1985 after 33 years as a moldmaker.
He was an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association for 27 years, receiving his private pilot’s license in 1953 and actively flew until 1991. Upon retirement Francis restored historical houses. He was an active member of the Central Indiana Old Car Club, the Indiana-Ohio Region Modal A Restorer’s Club, VFW Post 266, American Legion Post 117, Masonic Lodge, where twice he served as Worthy Patron to the Eastern Star in Middletown.
Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Joyce; son, Mark (Karina) of Anderson; grandson, Steven and granddaughter, Natasha, both of Anderson; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Mark Jr.; sisters, Lenna Mae and Lucille; and brother Kenneth.
Cremation took place in Florida and there will be no local services.
Donations can be made to the American Legion Post 117, Chesterfield, in memory of Francis.
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