George Elbert Hodges, Sr., USAF
July 08, 1955 – January 07, 2018

George Hodges Memorial Service July 09, 2018, Jacksonville, Beach FL.

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George Elbert Hodges, Sr., 62, of Topeka, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at a Topeka hospital ER. He was born July 8, 1955 in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of Harry and Bettie Ruth (Morrow) Hodges.

George was an Air Force Veteran during the Vietnam War. He attended Kansas State University. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post No. 1786 in Manhattan. After being discharged, he became a chef.

Survivors include one daughter, Amanda Nicole Mondragon of Topeka, one son, George Elbert Hodges, Jr. of San Antonio, Texas, four grandchildren, Alana Nicole Mondragon, Mariah Rapier, Ladayza Mannie, Christopher Hodges and his siblings, Marlin Schrader, Susan Marie, Annette Escobar, Stephanie Gouger, Robert Hodges and Aileen Wells.

George was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bill Schrader.

Memorial services will be announced as soon as possible. Private inurnment will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are to be determined as soon as possible.

Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel is assisting the family.

To leave the family a special message, please select the Share Memories option listed above.

~ GUEST BOOK ~

Amanda Nicole Mondragón is with George Hodges.
January 7 at 3:49am
Tonight I lost my daddy. I hurt so bad, I’m so sorry daddy. I’m sorry I didn’t get to you in time. They say it’s not my fault, then why does it feel like it is? You are my hero daddy. How do I make it in this world without you? I feel like such a lost little girl. I was told tonight you said I made you proud. That you said I took great care of you and how much you adore me. I wanted you to see that no matter what life continued to try to break me with, that I stood tall. That I was your child and nothing could break me. Unfortunately that’s not the case now. Daddy I’m broken, I’m scared, lonely and don’t know what to do. I wish I could have gave my life to save yours. You thought I was so strong but daddy I’m sorry, I can’t be your strong little girl anymore. How do I go on without my hero?

January 18, 2018
I served with George in the 40th Air Rescue Squadron at Nakhon Phanom, Thailand in 1975. He was one of two Jolly Green crews deployed to the USS Midway aircraft carrier to help with the evacuation of Saigon. Great guy, who always had a smile on his face.
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Bob Blough
January 18, 2018
George, remembering when you broke your arm and never could get it right. You recouped at my house on the couch for a while. RIP brother.
~
Paul Cartter

January 18, 2018
George was a good man! Always seen with a smile and fun to be around! May God bless him and his family and friends! RIP George!
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Buck Watson –

Integrity, Honor, and Respect
Some of the best things cannot be bought, they must be earned

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