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John E. Hodges, age 82, life-long resident of Cambridge Springs, PA, passed away at home on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Born on August 13, 1934, in Cambridge Springs, PA, he was the son of the late John N. and Rhoda C. Shorts Hodges.
John graduated from Cambridge Springs High School in 1952. His first employment was as a bell hop at the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs. He later worked at General Electric in Erie. Through the 1960's, he worked at the Edinboro IGA supermarket. In 1970 he and his business partner, Larry Wellman, purchased and managed the business (later known as John & Larry's Shurfine) for over 25 years. With his outgoing, quick-witted personality, he was a man that everyone knew, enjoyed and respected. His success can be attributed to his natural "street-smarts," kindheartedness, outgoing personality, and ambitious work ethic.
He married the former Shirley M. Grove on May 7, 1955. They resided in the Pleasant Hills housing development, which was previously his parents' homestead and farm.
John was a former advisory board member at PNC Bank (Marine Bank), member of the Kismet Grotto; Zem Zem Shrine - Erie, Crawford County Shrine; Oasis Masonic Lodge #416; and Meadville Elks B.P.O.E. #219. He enjoyed organizing bus tours with friends, playing golf, playing cards, and most of all spending quiet time with his dogs - Sparky, Scarlet, and Harlow.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, Shirley, include two daughters - Robin M. Leri and her husband, Jeff, of Meadville and Sandy J. Frazier and her husband, Paul, of Cambridge Springs; a son - John K. Hodges of Erie; four grandchildren - Stacey Frazier Endicott and her husband, Trent, Kyle Frazier and his wife, Amber, Nicole Leri, and Meghan Leri; two great grandchildren - Logan Frazier and TJ Endicott. John was preceded in death by three sisters - Josephine Taylor, Jeanne Porter, and Lois Moore and a brother - Robert Hodges.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 27th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs. Funeral services will be held there on Wednesday, June 28th at 10 a.m. with Reverend Darrell Greenawalt, pastor of Saegertown United Methodist Church, officiating. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Meadville. Memorials may be given to the Crawford County Humane Society, 11012 Kennedy Hill Road, Meadville, PA 16335 or  Saegertown United Methodist Church, 620 Euclid Avenue, Saegerown, PA 16433. To send condolences, please visit www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.
Published on June 26, 2017
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