Ernest “Ernie” Eugene Hodge
Palmer Marler Funeral Home
Ernest “Ernie” Eugene Hodge, a longtime Physical Education Teacher at Harmony Elementary School, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Hillcrest Hospital, Tulsa, OK at the age of 74. A Celebration of Ernie’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Crossroads Community Church (Church of God) in Yale. His son-in-law Pastor Mike Clark will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, family request memorials be made in Ernie’s name to the Crossroads Community Church, Youth Building Fund, P.O. Box 56, Yale, OK 74023.
Arrangements are entrusted to Palmer Marler Funeral Home, Cushing, OK.
Ernest was born on January 22, 1944 in Slick, Oklahoma to the late Ernest William and Zella Grace (Bass) Hodge. He grew up in Slick, graduating from Slick High School in 1962. Ernest graduated from O.S.U. with his Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Education. Ernest entered the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War. After returning from the service, he met the love of his life Jean Keller, they were married on February 13, 1970 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. He began his career at Harmony Elementary School as a Physical Education Teacher and retired after 41 years. Ernest also drove a school bus route for most of those 41 years. He made a huge impact on numerous children’s lives throughout the years. Ernest enjoyed playing on a Co-Ed softball team for a few years, playing the lottery, watching movies, and occasionally metal detecting.
Survivors include his wife Jeannie of the home, daughters Lorrie Clark and husband Mike of Yale, Misty Clift and husband Mike of Cushing, Angel Gaither and husband Sam of Nashville, TN., Robin Almedina of El Reno, OK., brothers Ronnie Hodge of Broken Arrow, OK. And Robert Hodge of Denver, CO., sister Virginia Crittenden of Tulsa, grandchildren Elizabeth Clift, Katelyn Clark, Matthew Clift, Berkeley Gaither, Connor Clark, Austin Gaither, Alex Almedina and Tony Almedina.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Raymond Hodge, Roy Hodge and Dale Hodge.