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October 2, 2019

Howard Florin Hodge, formerly of Ripley and Exeter, died peacefully at the Ritz Lutheran Villa, Mitchell, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at the age of 95. Cherished husband and best friend of Marjorie (Johns) Hodge for 72 years. Loving and devoted father of Judy Bellavance (Dieter Keller) of Stratford, and Brent Hodge (Tracey) of Brighton, Michigan. Proud Papa of Lindsay (Ryan), Adam (Allie), Breigh (Andrew); Cole (Abby), and Troy. Much loved great-papa of Oscar. Dear brother-in-law of Evelyn Johns of Lucan. Predeceased by his brother, William Hodge; and sisters, Ida Van, and Bernie Lehman. Howard was a dedicated member of the Ripley and Exeter Lions Clubs, and was awarded a lifetime membership in 2010. He enjoyed his time with the Ripley and Exeter Curling Clubs, and was an avid camper with the Exeter Nomads. He was a quiet man with a dry sense of humour; he was well-respected by all who had the privilege to know him, and he lived his life with a great deal of pride, strength, and integrity. Howard was the proud owner of Hodge’s Garage in Ripley for 25 years, and a valued employee of Ontario Hydro until his retirement in 1989. His never-ending commitment to family gave him his greatest pleasure. Visitation will be held at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, Exeter, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. A Lions service will be held in the funeral home, Monday, at 5:45 p.m. The memorial service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at 11 a.m. Cremation, with interment, Zion Cemetery. Donations to Ritz Lutheran Villa would be appreciated by the family; arrangements entrusted to the Haskett Funeral Home at: