RAYMOND - Jack M. Hodgson, 85, a longtime Willapa Valley resident, died March 4, 2004, at the Willapa Harbor Care Center. He was born Feb. 1, 1919, in Puyallup to William C. and Rena Hodgson.

He was a 1938 graduate of Mary M. Knight High School, in Matlock. He moved to Ward Creek in 1939. He was a World War II veteran.

Hodgson married Arletha Shay Fykerude in 1946 in Chehalis. She died Jan. 17, 2000.

He and his father were partners in the Ward Creek Logging Co., and he ran it for five years prior to going to work for Weyerhaeuser. He drove log trucks for Weyerhaeuser for 27 years, retiring in 1981.

Mr. Hodgson was an avid ham radio operator and his call letters were W7YDT. He liked to tinker and was considered by his family as a professional modifier. His grandson said he could improve anything. Mr. Hodgson loved to garden and each year took great pride in his tomato plants. He also enjoyed playing video poker and casino games on his computer. His family considered him 85 years young, a talking history book.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Loretta Hodgson; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Mike Everitt; grandchildren Kimberly Trotter, Jason Hodgson, Teresa Ganzel, Jon Everitt and Kirk Everitt; and five great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Trotter, Mackenzie Trotter, T.J. Hodgson, Nickolas Hodgson and Alyssa Hodgson.

A graveside service will be held Monday, March 8, at 11 a.m. at the Fern Hill Cemetery in Menlo. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post No. 39 from South Bend, No. 150 from Raymond and the Raymond VFW Pacific Post No. 968.

Arrangements are in care of Stoller's Mortuary in Raymond.

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