One of the oldest surviving veteran of World War II in Hunt County has passed away. Mr. Hodges passed away June 5, 2017, of complications of old age.
John Curtis "Curt" Hodges was born April 16, 1924, in Princeton, Ill. He grew up during the Great Depression helping his father raise and break horses on a ranch in Matador County, Texas. When he was old enough to drive he helped with the family taxi and mail delivery business. In January 1943 after high school he joined the Army. While serving in Europe he became one of the heroes who survived the Battle of the Bulge.
Returning to the States after the war he moved to the Chicago area and worked a variety of jobs, including a tank truck driver. He survived a horrendous wreck where he was found curled in a ball in the passenger well of the remains of the twisted wreckage.
He married his first wife, Esther, and while waiting on the birth of their first child began construction on his first house, which is still standing today. His energy-saving design and craftsmanship became award-winning.
In the mid 1950s he moved to Arizona and worked with Yellow Cab and later went to work for Greyhound Bus Lines. He also began a landscaping business. Curt enjoyed nearly 20 years driving for Greyhound. After leaving Greyhound he opened a travel trailer business in both Flagstaff, Ariz., and Indio, Calif. When physical disabilities prevented him from continuing, he leased out he Indio location and moved to southern Utah and became a Realtor and assessor.
After his second wife, Frances, passed away, he sold his home in Utah; and after spending some time living with his son in Indiana, moved to Quinlan, Texas. Although confined to a wheelchair, he never let that slow him down from completing whatever task needed to be done around his home.
Curt was decorated in battle during World War II and also by the Hunt County DAV chapter and the State of Texas Legislature. He was truly a hero.
Curt is survived by his son, John Curtis "Chip" Hodges Jr.; daughter Ronna L. Cucurello; daughter Dawn Angell Trevillyn; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of fellow veterans and friends.
A Hunt County DAV honors memorial service will be held at Lynch Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Monday, July 10. A U.S. Army honors memorial internment be held at the DFW National Cemetery at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 11. Per his request a private scattering of his ashes will be conducted in the near future on Matador Ranch in Matador, Texas.
Published on July 7, 2017