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Rev. Fred William "Bill"  Hodge
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Obituary for Rev. Fred William "Bill" Hodge

Reverend Fred William (Bill) Hodge, 66, of Portland passed away on November 16, 2017 following a long battle with melanoma, with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife of forty-three years, Ann and daughter Sharon Schmidt and her husband Bud of Hatboro, PA. He is also survived by his brothers John (Jack) and his wife Jo of Kennesaw, GA and Stephen and his wife Jeannette of Portland, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Harrison and Doris (Lane) Hodge and his brother Robert (Bob) and his wife Joan of Portland.

He graduated from Portland High School in 1969, West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Elementary Education in 1974, Fairmont State College with an Associate Degree in Respiratory Therapy in 1980 and The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia with a Masters of Divinity in 2000.

He taught elementary school in Sterling Park, VA for three years. He worked as a respiratory therapist at Ruby Hospital in Morgantown, WV and New Britain General Hospital for a total of 18 years. In 2000, he followed his calling and became the pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in East Hampton, where he served as the pastor for seven years. He finished his career as a Hospice Spiritual Coordinator.

He was Master Councilor of the Mattabasset Chapter of DeMolay in Middletown and earned the Degree of Chevalier. He was also president of the Alpha Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Epsilon service fraternity at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Bill was especially proud of his role as Chaplain to the Portland Police and Fire Departments, East Hampton Police Department, CT State Police Colchester Barracks and the Connecticut Critical Incident Stress Management team. He was forever changed by the experiences he had with them.

Bill loved sharing his singing and guitar playing, as well as putting his woodworking skills to use creating beautiful items for family and friends. Bill discovered the joy of riding scooters, and he and Ann shared rides exploring the back roads of Connecticut. Toward the end of his life, he made it a mission to share the story of his struggle with melanoma, and encouraged everyone to get evaluated by a dermatologist.

His family would like to thank the family and friends who came together to support Bill through the long and difficult treatment journey.

Friends and relatives may pay their respects to the Hodge family on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown, CT. The funeral will be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 10:00 am at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1055 Randolph Road, Middletown, CT. Burial will follow at the Swedish Cemetery in Portland. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Portland Fire Department, PO Box 71, Portland, CT 06480. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Doolittle Funeral Home

14 Old Church Street
Middletown, CT 06457





10:00 AM
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

1055 Randolph Road
Middletown, CT 06457

Cemetery Details


Swedish Cemetery

Corner of High Street & Williams Street
Portland, CT 06480


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