Harold Dean “Big H” Hodder, 85 of Glendora, Michigan passed away at home with his loving wife, Lucy, of 62 years by his side. He was born November 7, 1934 in Creal Springs, Illinois, to Charlie and Marie (Buckner) Hodder. He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Charlene Hampton.
Harold is survived by his wife, Lucille, and their five children: Lisa Prenkert, Rick (Jamie) Hodder, Sherri (David) Ruff, Sean (Cecily) Hodder and Juli (Kent) Hardin. He also leaves behind 15 grandchildren - Aubrey, Holli, Michael, Samantha, Anthony, Chelsie, Alex, Tyler, Rachel, Haley, K.J., Austin, Leah, Brandon and Erin; and ten great grandchildren: Gwenyth, Isabella, Bridget, Lillie, Ellie, Anthony, Scarlett, William, Zachary and Theodore. He is also survived by two sisters: Shirley Gillette of Wisconsin and Doris DeMorrow of Ohio.
After graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country. He retired from Hanson Mold after 25 years, where he worked as a certified tool-and-die maker.
Harold was an outdoorsman at heart. He loved being outside, hunting, fishing, and the endless pursuit. He was happy to share stories of his hunts, adventures, and would guide many of his children and grandchildren to follow in his footsteps. Much of his free time was spent farming and enjoyed the work that came with it. If you were to drive by on a nice sunny day, you would likely find him plowing fields on his tractor while “Ma” was picking berries for her next pie. He was a dedicated man who enjoyed taking a hands-on approach to life, and that was reflected in his farm and his family.
Harold adored his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of whom were affectionately referred to as his “spoiled brats.” He was quick-witted and would often tease and joke with them. Big-H was always looking forward to their visits and was a staple in the crowd at their sporting events. You would often hear him proudly sharing stories of the touchdown one of them scored the weekend before.
Most of all, Harold loved and adored his wife, Lucille. He thought the world of her and expressed those feelings even in his last moments.
Visitation will be held 5-7 PM on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremations Services, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman. Funeral Services will be 2 PM Sunday, March 8 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1733 West Glendora Road, Buchanan, Michigan. Online condolences accepted at www. PikeFH.com