Orville Earl Hodges Jr. 88, passed away Thursday Dec. 24, 2020 at his residence in Klamath Falls, OR., with family by his side. There will be a celebration of life service, Saturday Jan. 23, 2021 at 11:00 am in Refuge Church (Faith Tabernacle), located at 2610 Shasta Way, Klamath Falls, OR. On Sunday Jan. 24, 2021 there will be a Candlelight Memorial Walk at Veterans Park at 5:30 pm. This Walk will travel up Klamath Ave. and around to Main St. and back to the Veterans Park.
Orville was born April 26, 1932 to Orville and Esther (Mercer) Hodges in Morrowville, Kansas
In 1952 Orville married Sarah June Wright, they were divorced in 1964. He then married Margaret Neva in 1965.
In the early 1960’s Orville worked for Georgia-Pacific Corp.in Eugene, Oregon performing various positions from clipper sorter to pressman. In 1963-65 he went to work for the Milky Way Dairy as a milker and working with cattle. During the winter of 1965 he worked on the Rocking Arrows Ranch near Lakeview, Oregon where he ran several hundred head of cattle. In the summer of 1965 he moved to Klamath Falls, Or, and worked at the Alta Canada Ranch until he went to work at Jeld Wen. He designed and produced plexiglass saw shields for the mill. While working at Jeld Wen he filled his off time with several odd maintenance and home repair jobs which included working at the Baldwin Hotel before it became a museum. At age 88 he was helping his neighbor re-roof his house. You could always count on him to be there for his friends .Orville enjoyed fly tying and fishing at Howard Prairie, Rocky Point, Juanita Lake, Gerber Reservoir, The Sacramento River and the coast. He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed the outing of shooting. He was known as “Pot Luck” to his many friends in the CB and Ham Radio world. He loved photography and bird watching while visiting the many wildlife refuges. He could be found on many days at the local Senior Citizens Center playing pool or at the American Legion in the evenings. He loved being around people and if it involved food...he was there. He enjoyed the Chili Cook-offs, crab feeds, spaghetti dinners from Rocky Point to Tulelake and everywhere in between. If there was a rafting trip he was there with camera in hand. He loved to go driving across the lower United States to the east coast and back across the upper states visiting with friends and relatives along the way.
Orville is survived by his two children are Alice Marie (Fred) Hunt, Betty “Beth” (John) Borba,
Step sons Lee (Ruth) Wiggins.
Orville has 10 grandchildren; Angel (Scott) Russel, Tina (John) Pierello, Traci Borba, Jamie Wiggins, Jeramy Wiggins, Johnathan Wiggins, Cheryl Wiggins, Joseph Wiggins, Melody Wiggins and Megan Wiggins. Seven great grandchildren; Christopher, Nathane, Cody, Austin, Casey, Alex and Jacob.
Three great great grandchildren; Olive, Finn and Elias.
Orville was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Margaret, 2 step-sons Michael and Joseph Wiggins , and by all of his 8 siblings, which are; Elbert Francis, Elaine Rose, Juanita Mae, Earnest Orville, John Lyle, Robert Edward, Orville Earl Jr. and Alice Louise.
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