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Charles Joel Hodge

September 1, 1942 - June 1, 2017

Charles Joel Hodge, DDS, passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017 of complications from Parkinson’s disease at Oxford Gardens Senior Care Home in Ashland, Oregon. He was surrounded by his family, and will be sincerely missed.    

He was born September 1, 1942 in Oak Park, Illinois to Charlie and Billie (Forsling) Hodge. While the family lived primarily in the Midwest, they spent two years in Peru where he learned Spanish and developed a love of travel and adventure. After attending the University of Wisconsin, he married his first wife Ann (Raddant) Hodge with whom he had three daughters. He received his DDS from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin followed by three years of service as a Captain and dentist in the United States Air Force. He and his family were stationed at Travis AFB and lived in Istanbul, Turkey. Following his military service, he joined the dental faculty at the University of British Colombia in Vancouver BC. He obtained his degree in Orthodontics from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Ore. before settling in Ashland and starting his practice in 1973. He made many beautiful smiles through his decades of work as an orthodontist until he retired in 2009.   

He worked hard and played even harder, enjoying many outdoor pursuits such as skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, windsurfing, and tennis.  (He was a regular competitor at the local Big Al’s Tennis Tournament.) He continued throughout his life to travel all over the globe with Baja, California becoming a favorite and frequent destination. He provided free dental work on many of these trips for people living in remote desert communities. He loved meeting people and was always the life of the party. He was an eternal optimist and was always up for a new adventure. Sometimes his adventures went a bit off course, but he could always see the silver lining often saying, “It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong!”  

Survivors include his sister, Shiloh Hendricks; two brothers, Gus and Wil Hodge; daughters, Tracy Straub, Kiernan Hodge, and Courtney George; and sons-in-law, Tom Peil and Andrew George. He was the proud and playful grandfather of Kendra Straub, Brady Straub, Charlie Ann George, and Aden George.   

Special thanks to the caregivers at Oxford Gardens, the Asante Hospice staff, and Nicki Williams who was a godsend.    

A public memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 2, 2017 at Callahan’s Mountain Lodge. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Resources of Oregon. (He participated in the organization’s “Sole Support for Parkinson’s” 5K walk for the past 5 years.)