Curtis Hodge

Curtis Hodge

Thursday, October 14th, 1954 Monday, April 13th, 2020

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Obituary for Curtis V. Hodge

HODGE, Curtis V.

Of Hamburg, NY, April 13, 2020. Beloved husband of Laura (nee Palmer) Hodge; loving father of James Sr. (Becky) and Mike (Keira Smith) Hodge; loving grandpa of Adam, Julia, Kaylee, James Jr., Brielle, and Brooke; son of the late Gloria Starkweather (nee Gerlach); dearest brother of Jon and Alan Hodge, and William Starkweather; also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives, and many friends. Private services for the immediate family will be held. Interment in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery. Curtis was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post #880 and a retired from MOOG after more than 40 years. Arrangements by JOHN J. KACZOR FUNERAL HOME, INC. Please share condolences with the family at

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    Lakeside Memorial Cemetery
    4973 Rogers Rd.
    Hamburg, NY
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Laura and Family,
I recently heard of Curtis’ passing. I want to extend my condolences to you and your entire family.
Although my interactions with Curtis were few, I vividly remember him well.
In the early 1970s, maybe the summer of 71’ or 72’, I was a 6 year old little kid visiting my grandparent’s house just 2 doors down from your house on Lake Shore. I remember it being the most beautiful warm summer day in the early afternoon. We were all and just running around and playing. You and Mary were there also likely watching over us as your Mother was visiting inside with my grandmother. Curtis showed up at some point. At the time, I remember looking at all of you as “grown-ups”. Please remember I was six. In retrospect, I now realize you and Curtis were just teenagers. I remember staring at Curtis because I found him curious. Tan, thin, shirtless, cutoff jeans, bare feet and really long hair. At my young age I had never seen anyone like him before. Moreover, he had this “way” about him. The way he moved, the inflection in his voice when he talked, the way he pulled and swung the hair away from his face. I didn’t know it at that moment but looking back what I was seeing, in Curtis, was someone who was “Cool”. I didn’t know what Cool was. I don’t even think Cool was invented yet, but Curtis was the first Cool Dude I ever saw. I think that’s why that moment left such an imprint on my memory.
The next summer I remember your cat had gotten sick and shortly thereafter died. There were few of us there when we buried it in the lot next to your parent’s house. Curtis had the shovel and dug the hole. A few of us kids picked flowers and placed them on top of the cat as Curtis took the shovel buried it. I remember Curtis wept openly with tears and unashamed. You hugged him tightly at that moment and consoled each other. I remember that exact moment well.
Curtis was my first encounter with a Cool Guy. He was also the first “grown-up” I can remember crying openly. His coolness and him being sensitive are memories I have carried with me all my life. These are some of my very first memories ever.
It is my hope that me sharing this with you somehow makes you and your family feel a little better. Or maybe just bring a smile to your face knowing the warm memories that Curtis had on me (a very little kid) so many years ago.
Jim (Jimmy) Forcucci
Delray Beach, FL
Comment | Posted at 11:16am via Condolence

Richard T Stanley retired 2005

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Kathy M Hall-Zientek

Dear family of Curtis, on behalf of Moog retirees, we bless you with knowing what a special man he was to so many of us. His willingness to help, to make our day better, to assist us with any of our needs, and most importantly, be our fun loving friend. On a personal level, I knew Curtis for 30+ years and I can say he was a great human with a wild sense of humor. May you have peace knowing he left us with so many good feelings and memories. God Bless you all
Comment | Posted at 01:12pm via Condolence

Kevin Von Vreckin

Hello, I worked with Curtis for many years and golfed together in the Poncho Villa Open many times. Curtis was a fun person to be around and I am have many fond memories. My prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Comment | Posted at 09:41am via Condolence

Thomas Keesler

Thomas Keesler
Curtis was and in my mind, still is one of the most respected people I have met. He liked to laugh, joke have fun, but he would be there when it was time to get to down to business and forward the causes of the American Legion. He loved his wife Laura, children,grandchildren, and when we would cross paths he would tell me of the fun things that they did together. I dont think I ever saw him mad at anyboby. Disapponted maybe but never mad. His presence brought goodness, insight, and positve change to the people who knew him. Til we meet again.
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