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Hodde, Addie (Brown)

Mrs. Floyd Hodde Dies Suddenly Fri.

Citizens of the community were deeply saddened last week by the sudden death of Mrs. Floyd Hodde, Sr. a longtime resident of this community. Mrs. Hodde apparently had been enjoying good health when she suffered a stroke early Friday morning at home. She was rushed to Eagle Lake Community Hospital, but all efforts to save her life were in vain and she passed away at 6:00 a.m. just over an hour after the stroke occurred. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16th, from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. Windel Bell, Pastor of the Colly Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating, She was placed to final rest in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Dale Cassady, Robert Adkins, Sherman Tryon, James Cash, Mike Cheatham, and Jimmie Adkins. Mrs. Hodde was born Addie Brown, the daughter of John and Maggie Brown in Orange, Texas on , October 16, 1907. She was united in marriage with Floyd L. Hodde, Sr., in Wharton, Texas, on January 4, 1928. Surviving are her husband, one son, Floyd L. Hodde, Jr., and one daughter, Mrs. Ida Ruth Rose, all of this city; her mother, Mrs. Maggie Brown of Houston; one brother, Jack Brown of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Selma Jerningan of Houston, Mrs. Verna Blanchard of Brownsville, and Mrs. Ruth Moore of Bay City; two grandsons, Clifford L. Hodde and Curtis Wayne Rose; and one grand-daughter Kathy Marie Hodde. Her father preceded her in death. Mrs. Hodde was a longtime member of the Colly Memorial Church and taught in the Sunday School Department for a number of years. She loved life and she loved people and her kindnesses to her neighbors and friends won for her the love of all who came to know her. She shall be dearly missed by her loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight; February 20, 1969

Hodde, Dallas


Dallas Hodde, 92 of Eagle Lake, passed away March 5, at Fort Bend Health Care Center in Rosenberg, following an extended illness.

Hodde was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado County, born in Eagle Lake on Sept. 9, 1911 to Edward and Ida (Hoffman) Hodde and married Lou Ella Clapp in Eagle Lake on June 11, 1933. He led a distinguished lifetime career in auto mechanics and body shop work with local dealers.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters, Sophie Zoeller and Edna Taylor; brothers, William Hodde, Floyd Hodde and Arthur Hodde; and son-in-law, John Rud.

He is survived by his children, Karen Jones and husband, Don of Richmond and Dolores Rud of Eagle Lake; brother, Bennie Hodde of Simonton; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services and burial, took place Monday, March 8, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Alex Kennedy, pastor of Kingsland Baptist Church of Katy officiating.

Pallbearers were L.M. Alexander, Jim Coleman, Michael Donnelly, Bob Donnelly, Jeff Stewart and Ron Gentry.

The Colorado County Citizen, March10, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Hodde, Edward Joseph

Edward J. Hodde, 32, Plane Crash Victim, Buried at Columbus

Funeral services for Edward Joseph Hodde, 32, who was killed when a training plane crashed near Las Vegas, N. M. Tuesday of last week, were held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Columbus, Saturday morning. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Mr. Hodde was born near Glidden on August 24, 1912. He graduated from Columbus high school in 1930, being a member of the high school glee club and declamation teams for four years. Later he took a business course in Houston. For several years he worked as bookkeeper for Houston insurance companies after which he took up flying, getting his wings as a commercial pilot. Some months ago he entered the naval air corps, receiving a discharge because of his age. He had been a civilian instructor since June.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Josephine Hodde; three brothers, Gus, Lawrence and Henry.

Weimar Mercury, November 12, 1943, page 1

Hodde, Ella (Borak)

Final Rites Held Wednesday For Mrs. Willie Hodde

Last rites were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, Aug. 22, from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home chapel for Mrs. Willie (Ella) Hodde who passed away at 2 p.m. Monday at Laughlin Hospital following an illness of only several days.

The Rev. W. F. Hathaway, pastor of Columbus Methodist Church officiated. Burial was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Walter Sommer, Jr., Bobby Meitzen, Billy Stiles, H. C. Wiese, Floyd Hodde Jr. and Louis J. Muzny, Jr.

Mrs. Hodde was born in January of 1918 as Ella Borak.

Surviving are her husband; 3 sons, William, John Henry, and Charles; her mother, Mrs. Borak of Wharton; three sisters and two brothers, and other relatives.

Friends of the family join in extending sympathy to her loved ones.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, August 23, 1962
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Hodde, Floyd Louis. Jr.


Floyd L. Hodde Jr., 74, of Eagle Lake, passed away July 13 at Columbus Nursing and Rehab Center following an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 27, 1929 in Wharton County to Floyd L. Hodde Sr. and Addie (Brown) Hodde. He was a 1947 graduate of Eagle Lake High School and married Wilma Arnold June 10, 1956 at the Colly Memorial Methodist Church in Eagle Lake. He led a lifelong career serving in various capacities with Wilcox Grocery of Eagle Lake. He was a member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, serving as church treasurer and Sunday school superintendent. He also served as treasurer of the Eagle Lake Noon Lions Club for many years. He served honorably as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars and the United Nations Service Medal.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Ida Ruth Rose.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Kathy Hodde of Katy; son, Clifford Hodde and wife, Wendy of Rochester, Minn.; three grandchildren, Thomas and Amanda Hodde and Travis Glasrud; sister-in-law, Bonnie Whitt of Dallas; and brothers-in-law, Travis Arnold and wife, Mary Bea of Gonzales, and Johnnie Arnold of Sacramento, Calif.

Funeral services were conducted July 14, from the United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake, with the Rev. David King, pastor, officiating. Margaret Henry served as organist. Interment with military honors followed at Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Travis Arnold, John Konvicka, Bobby Marsalia Jr., Joseph Godley, T Lang, Vic Scott and Frank Higgins.

The family has requested memorials be directed to the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 695, Eagle Lake, TX 77434

Colorado County Citizen, July 21, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Hodde, Frieda (Baumert)

Funeral Services Held Saturday for Mrs. Freida Hodde

Funeral services for Mrs. Freida Hodde, 34, who died at her home here Friday, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Columbus Funeral Home, with interment in Odd Fellows Rest. Rev. G. Wolf, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran church, of which Mrs. Hodde was a member, officiated.

Mrs. Hodde had resided in Columbus for the past 12 years. She was born at Kingsbury on August 25, 1909. Her parents were Adolph and Emma Jacobs Baumert., both of whom came to this country from Germany.

Surviving are her father, who lives in Kingsbury; her husband, Lawrence Hodde and two sons, Lawrence Jr. and James Russell Hodde, of Columbus; four sisters, Mrs. Paul Engelke of Sealy, Mrs. Julia Harbouth of Kingsbury, Mrs. Edna Dudley of Beaumont and Mrs. Cliff Stanford of Houston; and one brother, W. A. Baumert of Eagle Lake.

Pall bearers were George Baker, Herman Neumann, D.D. Foster, Carl Mattern, Johnny Nelson and Willie Nelson.

Colorado County Citizen, February 17, 1944

Hodde, Gertrude (White)

Rock Island Items

Funeral services were held at 4:00 o’clock Sunday afternoon at Myrtle Cemetery for Mrs. Gertrude (White) Hodde of near Columbus, with Rev. E. Homer Miller of Garwood officiating. Mrs. Hodde was born here twenty-five years ago and spent her girlhood days in Rock Island. She is survived by her husband and small daughter, four brothers and three sisters.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 4, 1933

Hodde, Helen (Ramirez)

Helen R. Hodde

Helen R. Hodde, 73, of Eagle Lake passed away Wednesday, June 27 at the Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

She was born September 14, 1933 in Eagle Lake and was of the Baptist faith.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas Ramirez and Dolores Ramirez; brothers, Augustine Ramirez and Aristeo Solis.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Charlie Hodde of Eagle Lake; sons, Hugo Ponce and wife, Eloisa, of Houston, Hector Ponce and wife, Edelia of Houston; sisters, Dora Godino and husband, Narcisco of Eagle Lake, Erminia Shepard and husband, Charles of Kansas, Margaret Tatum of Houston; brothers, David Ramirez and wife, Janie of La Porte, Alex Ramirez and wife, Alvinia of Eagle Lake, Ray Ramirez and wife, Mary of Eagle Lake, Edward Ramirez and wife, Kathy of Pasadena, Nicolas Ramirez of Pasadena, John Timothy Ramirez of Missouri City; grandchildren, Daniel Ponce, John Ponce, Cynthia Bowles and Stephanie Ponce; great grandchildren, Jaydon Ponce and Cameron Ponce and other relatives and loved ones.

Visitation was held Thursday, June 28 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services were held Friday, June 29 at 3 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home with the Rev. Mario Vasquez officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Mausoleum in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Daniel Ponce, John Ponce, Jim Mathis, Brandon Mathis, Ricky Bowles, and Michael Guzman.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 5, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Hodde, Henry

Henry Hodde, 49, Buried Thursday

Funeral services for Henry Hodde, 49, life-long resident of Borden, were held last Thursday at Columbus. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Mr. Hodde, son of Henry and Josephine Nelson Hodde, was born March 11, 1898, at Mentz. He was a carpenter by trade, well known to many Weimar people.

Surviving are his mother, a daughter, one son and two brothers.

Weimar Mercury, October 24, 1947
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hodde, Joe T.

Joe T. Hodde, 76, of Columbus and Weimar, passed away June 26 at his residence.

He was born Jan. 31, 1926 in Glidden to Henry and Gertrude (White) Hodde.

On Jan. 28, 1946, he married the Irene Zajicek Hodde.

Hodde served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Weimar.

He was retired from self-employment in medical supply sales.

He is preceded in death by his parent and his wife; and sons Randall T. Hodde and Dennis W. Hodde.

He is survived by son Ken Hodde of Columbus and Weimar, Bruce Koehn, Margaret Keller, Betty and Al Beyer, Kenneth and Tina Pesak, Lynda Levinski, Rena Reiner, Louis and Jeanine White and numerous loved ones.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 1 at Henneke Funeral Home with the Rev. Warren Reinhart officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery led by a horse drawn hearse.

Serving as pallbearers were Al Beyer, David Hodde, Lawrence J. Hodde Jr., Jimmy Hodde, Mike Hodde and Kenneth Pesak.

Colorado County Citizen, July 3, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Hodde, Josephine (Nelson)

Mrs. Hodde, 82, Funeral Services Held Saturday

Funeral services were held, Saturday morning at St. Anthony’s Catholic church for Mrs. Josephine Hodde, 81, who died the preceding Thursday in Methodist hospital at Houston

Mrs. Hodde was a resident of Weimar, Route 3. She was born in the western part of Colorado county July 7, 1875, a daughter of Henry and Minnie Witt Nelson. Her husband, Henry Hodde, died many years ago. Mrs. Hodde had lost 3 sons by death and only one survives, Lawrence Hodde of near Columbus.

Only last Friday her brother-in-law Lee Goode of Eagle Lake, was buried and her only brother,Anton Nelson, is critically ill with a heart ailment at his home here.

Besides the son, brother and sister, Mrs. Godde, she is survived by 2 other sisters, Mrs. Henry Colquest of Columbus and Mrs. Herman George of Glidden.

The body lay in state in Columbus Funeral home until time of services Saturday and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest with Rev. Alex J. Kraus officiating.

Pallbearers were Henry, Willie and Robert Nelson, Robert Lee and John Tanner Goode and Clarence George.

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 1957

Hodde, Laura M. (Becica)

Hodde Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Mrs. Laura Hodde of Columbus were scheduled for today, Thursday, April 30, 1987, at 10:00 am. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Timothy Kosler officiating.

Interment was to follow in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Hodde passed away Monday night, April 27, in a Houston hospital. She was 80 years of age.

Born in Columbus August 7, 1906, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Malcik) Becica. She attended and graduated from Glidden High School, was a graduate of Southwest Texas State Teachers College and a graduate of the University of Houston.

She was a school teacher for some 44 years, teaching in schools at Wallis, Oak Hill, Glidden and Mentz.

She married Lawrence Hodde, Sr. on February 4, 1950. He preceded her in death on February 17,1980.

Survivors include two step-sons, Lawrence Hodde, Jr. and James Hodde, both of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Frances Dungen, Mrs. Bernice Krupka and Mrs. Lillie Werland, all of Columbus; and six step-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mike Hodde, David Hodde, Ken Hodde, Otto Loessin, Ray Dungen and John Naumann.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of funeral arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, April 30, 1987, page 3

Hodde, Lawrence J. Sr.

Lawrence J. Hodde Sr.

Lawrence J. Hodde Sr., a lifetime resident of the Columbus area, passed away Sunday at Columbus Community Hospital. He was 74 years of age.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Henneke Funeral Home, with burial at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Schlortt and Brian K. Gigee, intern, officiated at the services.

Mr. Hodde, a former employee of the state highway department and self-employed rancher, was born July 11, 1905 at Columbus, the son of Henry Hodde and Josephine Nelson Hodde. He married Laura Becica Hodde on Feb. 4. 1950.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Laura of Columbus; two sons, Lawrence J. Hodde Jr. and James R. Hodde, both of Houston; one aunt, Mrs. H.R. George of Glidden; six grandchildren, Sharon J, James Christopher, Michael Keith, Lisa Gale, Audrey Jean and David Wayne Hodde; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Henry Radack, Earl Tucker, Jimmy Peters, Otto Loessin, Jim King and Edwin Buxkamper.

Colorado County Citizen, February 21, 1980 page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Hodde, Norma (Reinhart)

Norma Hodde, 82, of Simonton, passed away Thursday, Sept. 5, at St. Luke's Hospital, Houston.

She was born Sept. 9, 1919 in Sandusky, N.Y. to Elmer Chester and Jessie Mae (Brown) Reinhart. She married Walter Schafer on May 8, 1937. They were divorced around 1944 after which she moved to Northern California. She met Ben Hodde on a blind date at Moffett Naval Air Station and they were married Aug. 17, 1945 in San Jose, Calif. They moved to Eagle Lake in 1946, then to Simonton in 1951.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Arthur Franklin and Hiram Reinhart; and sister, Lovina Clarise Reinhart Dungan.

She is survived by her husband, Ben Hodde of Simonton; daughter, Noreen Stewart of Parker, Ariz.; grandson, Scott Melendez-Stewart of Washington, DC; cousin, LeOra Brown Rossi of Pine Island, Minn.; nephew-in-law, Roy Taylor and wife, Joann of Wharton, and their daughter, Suzanne Taylor of Houston.

Memorial Services were conducted Sept. 8, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, with the Rev. David King, pastor of Eagle Lake and Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Churches officiating. A special eulogy was presented by great nephew the Rev. Gary Christian of Temple and solo by close friend Quail Conners of Simonton. Following cremation, interment will be held at a later date in Lakeside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family had requested memorials be made to either the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 695, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434 or your favorite charity.

Colorado County Citizen, September 18, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Hodde, William


Wm. Hodde, a German who has lived in the community the last five or six years farming ___ about one year ago, he sold his little farm and bought property in this place, committed suicide last Wednesday, the 19th, by taking strychnine. He went home to dinner about 12 o’clock, put his horse in the lot, remained at the lot a considerable while longer than he usually did; he then came to the house, ate a few mouthfuls of meat; said he was sick, went into a room and laid down, the family still at dinner. He called his wife and she went to him and found him in spasms, This so alarmed her she send for Drs. Cook and Grace. Dr. Cook lived just across the street and was there in a short time. When the spasms passed off his wife asked him what was the matter. By this time Dr. Cook arrived and the unfortunate man said he had taken poison,as he wanted to die; said he owed so many debts that he could not pay them; that his creditors some were suing and others were dunning; and that he saw no way out and wanted to die; told them they would find the deadly drug in his pocket. On searching a small phial of strychnine was found in his vest pocket. Everything was done for him that could be done, but the poison had done its deadly work before the physicians arrived. He lived about three quarters of an hour, it’s supposed, after taking it. Some two weeks ago he went to the drug store of Dr. C. S. Tatum and purchased the strychnine, said he wanted to kill a pole cat that was bothering his premises; but never told the family he had purchased it and from this circumstance he must have contemplated suicide some time before. He leaves a wife and six children. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 27, 1887

Hodde, William Edward Jr.

William Edward "Willie" Hodde Jr., 62, of Lissie, passed away July 24, at the Poly Ryan Hospital of Richmond, following a sudden illness.

He was born in Eagle Lake, on Sept. 23, 1939 to William Edward Hodde, Sr. and Ella (Borak) Hodde. He worked as a security officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division at the Jester Unit 3. He and Joyce Mae Wilson were married on Dec. 24, 1991 at the First Baptist Church in East Bernard.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Henry Hodde.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce of Lissie; son, John Edward Hodde and wife, Jessica, of Eagle Lake; daughters, Rhonda Sue Hodde of Eagle Lake and Tanya Marie Maly Hodde of Lissie; brother, Charlie Lee Hodde and wife, Helen, of Eagle Lake; and six grandchildren.

Funeral Services were conducted July 29, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with Chaplain Mitchell officiating and Honor Guard provided by TDCJ Institutional Division Region 3 Honor Guard. Cremation followed.

Honorary pallbearers were, Charlie Hodde, John Edward Hodde, Billy Wilson, Billy Wilson Jr., Ned Crane, Clarence Dungen, Kasey Matura, Douglas Leopold, Larry Meuth, Russell Meuth, Alton Matura, Alfred Matura, Earl Dutcher and fellow co-workers of Jester 3.

Colorado County Citizen, July 31, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

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