James Lewis Hodge, Jr., Brookfield, Ohio

Briceland Funeral Home

November 7, 2021

James “Jim” Lewis Hodge, Jr., Brookfield, Ohio-obit
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BROOKFIELD, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – James “Jim” Lewis Hodge, Jr., of Brookfield, Ohio, entered into the Celestial Lodge above on Sunday, November 7, 2021, while a patient at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, Youngstown, Ohio, following a brief illness. He was 82.

Jim was born August 1, 1939, at home in Brookfield, a son to James L. and Catherine G. (Heath) Hodge.

He graduated from Brookfield High School in 1958, where he showcased his talents on the gridiron playing on the undefeated teams of ’55 and ’56. He attended Louisiana State University on a football scholarship and received an associate degree in mechanical engineering from Alliance College.

On June 22, 1961, he exchanged vows with the former Sandra “Sandi” Bailey. Together they started a family and born to this union were three daughters, Stacia, Kristin and Stefanie.

He supported his family working as an engineer at the former Damascus Tube Company, Transfer, Pennsylvania. In addition, he was a former facilities manager at First National Bank.

Jim was a member of the Brookfield United Methodist Church, Jerusalem Lodge #19 F&AM, Hartford, Ohio, Al Koran Shrine, Cleveland, Ohio and the Brookfield High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

In his spare time, he was an avid Ohio State Buckeye and Cleveland Browns fan. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and tinkering around his house. He was a huge Brookfield Warrior supporter. Most of all, Jim looked forward to attending the activities of his grandkids.

Jim was a gentleman who loved his family and his community. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his bride, Sandi; his daughters, Stacia L. Pascale, Kristin A. (Joseph) Drapola and Stefanie M. (Daniel) Quinlan, all of Brookfield; his grandchildren, Peter, Preston (Allison), Jimmy (Haley), Jeremy, Alisha (Zach), Kenzie (Caleb and Bailey; his great-grandson, Oliver; his sisters, Diane (Edward) Petsko, Cathy Scharba and Judy (Daniel) Bottar, all of Brookfield and Shelly (Tim) Karabin of Hubbard, Ohio; Tony Petola, William Hacker, Pietro Pascale and his extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bonnie Petola and Debbie Hacker and brother-in-law, Andrew Scharba.

A time of gathering to honor Jim’s life will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Brookfield United Methodist Church, 6951 Grove Street, Brookfield. His celebration continues with a Masonic Service at 5:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life Service, also in the church.

He will be laid to rest in the Brookfield Township Cemetery.

As suggested by his family, memorial contributions can be made to the Athletic Department of the Brookfield Local Schools, 614 Bedford Road, Brookfield, OH 44403.

Arrangements are being handled by the Briceland Funeral Service, LLC. Expressions of sympathy may be left for his family at: www.bricelandfuneralservice.com.

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Coordination of this tribute for Mr. Hodge was presented by Daniel Briceland, Owner & Director of Briceland Funeral Service, LLC. (330-509-3135)

A television tribute will air Thursday, November 11 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.

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