John Hodgson, 77, of Le Mars, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at Plymouth Manor Care Center, following a lengthy illness.
John was born April 4, 1929, at Yorkshire, England, the son of John and Marian Hodgson. He grew up in Keighley, England and graduated from Ingrow Council High School in Yorkshire in 1946 at the age of 16. He was then drafted into the British Armed Forces where he was a member for 2 1/2 years. He spent this time in Egypt.
John married Patricia Butler on Feb. 14, 1953, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Yorkshire, England. In 1956 the couple decided to move to Le Mars, Iowa, after visiting his wife's sister Margaret. They felt Le Mars would be a great place to raise a family. They arrived on the Queen Mary a short time later. John began his career as a printer for the Le Mars Globe Post, followed by 34 years at the Le Mars Daily Sentinel until his retirement in 1991. For many years, John was involved with printing the Catholic Globe for the Diocese of Sioux City.
John was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars for more than 47 years.
He enjoyed his family and friends. He especially enjoyed his children's and grandchildren's athletic events. John was an avid reader and enjoyed many years of gardening. Among his favorite memories were his trips to Canada fishing with his best friends and family. He cherished his return trips to England. John loved to watch boxing, soccer, the Hawkeyes and Cubs.
John is survived by his wife of 53 years Patricia Hodgson of Le Mars; eight children: Jayne Ryan and her husband Tom, Karen Pitts and her husband Roger, Shaune Hodgson, and Michael Hodgson and special friend Wanda, all of Le Mars, Patrick Hodgson and his wife Catherine of Fort Worth, Texas, Maureen Stanley and special friend David, and Anthony Hodgson, all of Rapid City, S.D., and Katie Hodgson of Sioux City; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister Marjorie, who died as a child.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Daniel Greving officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.
Visitation at the Feuerstein Funeral Home will be after 2 p.m. Friday, where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m.
Six grandchildren will be pallbearers: Joseph Pitts, Jon Pitts, Nicholas Ryan, Philip Ryan, Alex Hodgson, and Jenna Hodgson.