Frank E. Hodgen is the second great-grandson of Henry Cooper (1770 - 1844) according to ancestors.com
After nearly a four year illness, Frank passed on, at home, in the presence of his loving wife and daughter on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.
He was the ninth of 10 children of Lottie Jane Hall and Thomas Hodgen. He was born in Sanoma, W.Va., on Dec. 10, 1923, and was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edna (Herbert) Wolfe and Iva Irene (Benjamin Glen) Marks; along with seven brothers, Ernest (Allie), Herbert, Delbert (Sara), Harold (Lucille), Joseph Gay (Madge), William Orville (Lila) and Argyle (Ruth). Frank was saddened to have several sister and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews precede him as well.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Nemeth Hodgen, to cherish his memory along with his son, Thomas (Dawn); daughter, Linda; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (Don) Moore and Vera (Phil) Hulgin; four grandchildren, Heather (Andrew) Calhoun, Dominic, Aaron (Sharon) and Ian; along with six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Frank worked at Libby Owens in Vienna, W.Va., briefly, before moving to Akron, Ohio in 1944 to work at the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company for 36 years. He then worked for the Carson Dellosa Publishing Company. In retirement, Frank and his lovely wife volunteered at Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Hospital, Goodyear Theatre, Akron Civic Theatre and the American Red Cross, for over two decades. He actively attended the Bridgestone/Firestone Retiree Club of the United Steelworkers (former United Rubber Workers Local 7), as recently as August. Frank and Mary joined then maintained membership at South Arlington United Methodist Church since 1958.
A memorial service will be held in Cheyenne, Wy., this coming summer, in order to allow for Frank and Mary's four grandchildren, their spouses and six great-grandchildren to share in a celebration of his 88 years of wisdom. The family would welcome any story, laughter or memory that you wish to share at the guestbook online or by mail.
Memorials may be made in Frank's memory to South Arlington United Methodist Church, 790 S. Arlington St. Akron, 44306, Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation or any charity of your choice.