Hodge Edward Lord

Hodge Edward Lord, age 88, passed away on June 27, 2014. Hodge was the youngest of nine children born in Pleasanton, Texas, on Jan. 2, 1926, to Hodge Pleasant Lord and Sallie Robinson Lord. He was the first of his siblings to be born in a hospital and the family lacked the cash to pay the doctor and so paid in livestock for the delivery. As a sixth-generation Texan, young Hodge grew up hearing and loving stories of the Texas frontier: of cowboys and Comanches, rangers and outlaws. He also listened to accounts of how his own ancestor, Andrew Kent, rode with the Immortal 32 from Gonzales to take a final stand along with Travis and Crocket at the Alamo. He also learned how his great grandfather, George Lord, survived the ill-fated Mier expedition to become a landowner and family patriarch in Cheapside, Texas. Hodge’s family moved from Westhoff, Texas, and headed to Kerrville in 1910, moving later to San Antonio and eventually settled in Millett, Texas. Hodge Jr. attended Cotulla High School and helped his father and siblings with farm and ranch work. Favorite past times were sports, hunting and fishing, and listening to the radio. By 1943, the world was engulfed in the flames of war, and 17-year-old Hodge Lord left home to enlist in the Unites States Marines. After boot camp training at Camp Pendleton, Hodge was on a cargo ship bound for the South Pacific. Serving with the 1st Division, or the Old Breed, Hodge saw combat in the jungles of Saipan, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu and Okinawa. As a Rifleman, “the tip of the spear,” as Robert Sledge recounted in “With the Old Breed,” Hodge’s duties were to clean out caves and tunnels of entrenched Japanese soldiers. At Okinawa, he shared a meal with famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle. The next day, Pyle was killed by Japanese fire. Hodge saw many of his buddies killed and maimed then, in the last weeks of the battle, Hodge himself was shot. Following his recovery, and end of the war, Hodge was an embassy guard in China for a year. He then left the service and returned to South Texas attending Texas A&I University. Hodge joined the Texas Highway Department in Pearsall in 1956 and worked for 25 years, helping build Interstate 35. When Hodge first joined the department he only wanted to work until the drought ended and often joked it was “the longest drought in history!” In 1957, he married Bonnie O’Neall and raised four children in Pearsall, Texas, and Sabinal, Texas. He served on the school board, retired from the State of Texas in 1982 and was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years. After retirement he resumed his love of farming and ranching, working for Kincaid Land and Cattle Company near Eagle Pass, Texas, as ranch foreman for 25 years. Hodge was fluent in Spanish and loved the adventure of working on the border. He reluctantly retired, due to health problems, near the age of 80 years and resided in Sabinal, Texas. He moved to Cuero, Texas, in 2013, where he spent the remainder of his life. His daughter Rebecca Lord, his parents, and his eight brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Those left to honor his memory are his children, Brenda Lord of Cuero, Texas; Jennifer Lord of Kerrville, Texas; and Kent Lord of San Antonio, Texas. His grandchildren, Cameron Koppes, Caitlin Koppes, Alexandra Moos, Clara Kelly, Eli Shurberg, Ethan Shurberg, and Grecia Lord also survive him. Everywhere Hodge went he made friends with his warmth, humor, outgoing nature and stories; and by following the Marine Corp. motto, Semper Fi. When asked by a newspaper reporter if he had any regrets about his World War II service, he said no. “Freedom is something that shouldn’t be enjoyed unless you are willing to defend it and that’s what we did.” The family would like to give their sincerest thanks to longtime friend James Kincaid and caregiver James “Jaime” Davis, both of Sabinal. Dr. Raymond Reese, of Cuero, for his compassionate care, and Cuero Nursing Rehab Center, for their loving care of our father. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. July 3, 2014, at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzback Road, San Antonio, Texas. Arrangements entrusted to Peter’s Funeral Home, Cotulla, Texas. 830-879–2615. THE PRECEDING IS A PAID OBITUARY.
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