Fred Hodge 83, of Columbus, KS died 12:56 a.m. Thursday August 4, 2011 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo. following a short illness.

Fred was born February 10, 1928 in Protem, Mo. the son of Hershel Lee and Alma (Jones) Hodge. He served his country in the US Army as a Switchboard Operator from 1946-1949. On May 6, 1952 he married Pauline Beasley in New Mexico; she survives at the home.

Fred was retired from the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant where he worked as an Electronics Technician. Fred had the unique ability to fix anything from washing machines to cars and everything between. In his later years he raised cattle and rebuilt alternators and starters. Fred in his free time also was known as an avid fisherman.

Fred was preceded in death by a son David Hodge; brothers H.L. Hodge and Lonnie Hodge and a sister Ruby Waters.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Gary and Carolyn Hodge of Miami, Okla., Steve and Cami Hodge of Carl Junction, Mo.; grandchildren, Brian Dale Hodge of Jenks, Okla., Jacob Barchardt and Tiffany Spring Hodge Willis; brothers, Otto and Leaulah Hodge of Rural Columbus, Kan. and Dee and Delores Hodge of Columbus, Kan.; sisters, Ruth Marrow of Lake Worth, Fla. and Sybil Koyer of Columbus, Kan. and many nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Monday August 8, 2011 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus, Kan. with Elder Jerry Swopes officiating. Burial will follow at the Park Cemetery in Columbus, Kan. Family will receive friends from 6 to 7pm Sunday August 7, 2011 at the funeral home; friends may call after 11 a.m. E-mail condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com . Arrangements and services are under the direction of Bath-Naylor Funeral Home of Columbus, KS.