Allen Alfred Hodges was born in Hobart, Oklahoma on July 19, 1923. He passed away at the age of 97 on March 26, 2021, of natural causes, in the home of his daughter Sue Headding in Morro Bay, CA. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Evelyn Belle Frisk Hodges in 2003, great-granddaughter Mary Belle Collup in 2006 and grandson Seth Collup in 2019.
Allen was raised in Hobart, Oklahoma by his mother Elizabeth Pearson and became active in the church as a young boy. He moved to Pasadena, CA in 1944 to live with his uncle where he attended the Church of the Nazarene and worked as a plumber. He met his first wife Evelyn in church, and they were married on New Year’s Eve 1946. After a brief move to Idaho, they settled in Bakersfield to raise their 5 children. Allen worked as a plumber and was very active in the Bakersfield First Church of the Nazarene. He taught a boys Sunday School class, led a church Boy Scout troop, coached a church softball team, was a counselor at church camp and served as an usher for many years. When the church doors were open Allen was there with his family and anyone else who needed a ride. Allen retired as a plumber from the Kern Schools District in 1985. He used his new free time serving in various ministries, both in Guatemala and the U.S. where he used his plumbing and building skills to help others. He loved to travel in their motorhome and kept busy with his many hobbies. Throughout his life he had many interests. He tooled leather, made belts, and personalized purses for family and friends. He was active in the Kern Gem & Mineral Society, polishing rocks and making silver jewelry with polished stones. He was a talented photographer, taking pictures and developing and printing them himself. He did many photo shoots with several Country Musicians in Kern County. He enjoyed golfing with his friends and family. He took up scroll saw woodworking at the age of 85 and created beautiful works of art which now grace the homes of his many family and friends. In 1991 Allen and Evelyn moved to Nampa, Idaho where they once again became involved in Nampa First Church of the Nazarene where Allen was an usher. He helped with campground construction, church building repairs and group home support. Allen was a man of God who gave Him the Honor and Glory for all the blessings in his life.
Allen is survived by his second wife of 17 years Naomi Hodges, Nampa, ID and his sister Jeanelle Bandy of Naples, TX. He is also survived by his five children; Allynn McNew, Bakersfield, CA, Sue Headding (John), Morro Bay, CA, Rita Younker, Nampa, ID, Nancy Leal (Billy), Show Low, AZ and Robert Hodges (Renee), Beverly, MA. He leaves behind 11 grandchildren, their spouses and 25 great-grandchildren. He was a man of God that lived a full and rich life and will be missed by all that knew and loved him.
A Celebration of Allen’s life will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th Ave. So. A private burial will follow at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. The family will greet loved ones and friends the Nampa Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10 to 10:45 AM. An online guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com The family suggests that memorial contributions be given to World Missions in care of Nampa First Church of the Nazarene, 601 16th Ave. So., Nampa, ID 83651.
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