Jim “Jimmie” Hodge passed away on October 15, 2021, at Trios Health Southridge Hospital in Kennewick, Washington. He was born February 8, 1956, in Mountain Home, Idaho, to Jim Hodge, Sr., and Mabel Holmgren Hodge.
Jim learned from his father at an early age how to use a wrench and pliers. He was a good trouble-shooter with mechanical breakdowns and there was nothing he couldn’t fix! Being a man of integrity with an incredible work ethic, he was in great demand as a worker. At the time of his passing, Jim was working for HMIS in Benton City, Washington, as a heavy equipment operator.
Man-sized “toys” that swept him through the air at breakneck speed (his Harley, his snowmobile, his single engine airplane) were his therapy! As a little boy, Jim was enthralled with The Red Baron cartoons and The Whirlybirds. As soon as he was old enough, he learned to fly, owning and piloting several of his own planes thereafter.
A Raiders fan, Jim loved to tangle with his friends on who was the best team! He was always eager to help his friends and coworkers in whatever ways he could – from fixing brakes to leveling land, and clearing neighbors’ snow.
Jim is survived by two daughters, Maurrissa (Dax) Hayden, and Dezere (Joe) Ball; two sisters, Michele (Warren) Snyder, and Brenda Holt. He is also survived by four grandchildren, and many cousins, nieces and nephews whom he adored (and who adored him).
Jim was preceded in death by a nephew, a great-nephew, and both parents.
A life of hardships and disappointments served only to make Jim better -- not bitter. When he walked into a room, he filled it! We will miss his antics, his faithfulness, and the laughter that he brought to us all.
A private family service will be held at Hansen’s Mortuary in Rupert.