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Gene Hodel

June 16, 1943 — November 14, 2019

Gene Hodel

Roanoke - Gene Hodel formerly of Roanoke and Peoria, passed away at 1:15 pm on November 14, 2019 at Aperion Morton Villa Nursing Home in Morton, IL.

He was born on June 16, 1943 in Roanoke, IL to Alvin and Emma Moser Hodel. He married Cathy Bolam on August 15, 1970 in Peoria, IL.

Surviving is his wife, Cathy Hodel of Toledo, OH; one daughter, Jenella Hodel of Oregon, OH; one son, Joshua Hodel of Kent, WA; and one brother, Merle (Sally) Hodel of Salt Lake City, UT.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gene farmed on the family farm in Roanoke and taught at the Roanoke - Benson high school for many years before retiring.

Gene enjoyed sailing, music and loved riding his motorcycles. He was a member of the Peoria Astronomical Society and the Dinky Dozen motorcycle club. He was a die-hard St. Louis Cardinal fan and Green Bay Packers fan.

He was a member of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria where a memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday December 14, 2019. Rev. Dave Clements will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3-7pm on Friday December 13th at the Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home in Roanoke.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Universalist Unitarian Church Trust, the Roanoke-Benson Education Foundation, or the Peoria Astronomical Society. Online condolences and tributes may be sent to the family at


DEC 13. 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)

Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home
204 West Husseman Street
Roanoke, IL 61561

Memorial Service

DEC 14. 11:00 AM (CST)

Universalist Unitarian Church
3000 W. Richwoods Blvd.
Peoria, IL 61604

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