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Rev. Rex Eugene Hodge

Rev. Rex Eugene Hodge

The Rev. Rex Eugene Hodge, age 79, of Republic, Mo., eldest child of William Orin Hodge Jr. and Ruth Mildred Jones Hodge, was born on a Greene County farm north of Republic, Mo. on August 5, 1936. He died at home on May 6, from complications associated with Multiple Systems Atrophy, Shy-Drager syndrome.

He began his education in the one room Jones School which consolidated with Republic Schools, graduating in the class of 1954. During his high school years, Rex felt a call to the ministry. He was licensed to preach in the Methodist Church in 1955. He graduated from Drury College (University), in the class of 1958, with a degree in Philosophy and Religion. He attended St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Mo.

Rex was admitted on trial in the Southwest Missouri Conference of 1959. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1960 and as an Elder in 1963. Health issues forced him to take disability leave in 1982 and formal retirement in 2002.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Hodge (Susan Holster); and daughter, Rachel Hodge; brother, Donald Ray Hodge; sister and brother-in-law Sharon Sue Groves (Don); nieces, Kristin Wallace (Rob), Carrie Lynn Black (George); great niece, Audrey Black; brother-in-law, Al Severn (Jan); sister-in-law, Patricia Severn (Earl); nephew, Stephen Severn (Susan); niece, Jennifer Johansen (Phillip); great nephews Will Severn, and Aidan and Roan Johansen.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Hood United Methodist Church, Mo, on Thursday, May 12. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, May 13, in the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, Springfield, Mo. The interment will follow in Brookline Cemetery, Brookline, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Mt. Carmel UMC, 1001 N. National, Springfield, Mo.; Scholarship Fund c/o Cox College of Nursing, 1423 N. Jefferson, Springfield, Mo.; Hodge Scholarship Fund c/o Drury University, 900 N. Benton, Springfield, Mo; or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared at


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