DR. RICHARD "DICKIE" HODGES, 83, on died Dec. 31,
2004, with burial at at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger,
Dickie was born to Dr. Bob and Opie Bristow Hodges on
Feb. 25, 1921. He was born with his twin brother, Ross,
in Ranger Texas. He was a graduate of Ranger High School
in 1938, entered Texas A&M University to pursue the pre-
vet program, however college was interrupted by World War
II where he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot
instructor. Upon his discharge, he returned to Texas A&M
in the College of Veterinary Medicine and he graduated
with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1949.
He was married to Peggy Bundick (RHS-1944) and they had a
daughter, Mary Ellen, born in Eastland County.
Dickie first worked for the Department of Agriculture and
Texas Animal Commission. His professional memberships
included the American Veterinary Medical Association and
the Texas Medical Association. He was also a member of the
Lions Club International, The Men's Fellowship Bible class,
attended the First United Methodist Church in Eastland
and Served on the Olden Water Board during the 1980's.
He returned to Ranger to open his veterinary practice in
1950 where he practiced large and small animal medicine
all over the north Texas area. He retired his practice in
1961 but continued to ranch for years in the area. Dr.
Hodges married Dois Lynn (Wilson) Morton (RHS-1940) in
December of 1971, his wife of 33 years. They lived in
Olden until recently when they moved to Abilene. He was
a devoted family man as well as an avid hunter & fisherman.
Dr. Hodges was preceded in death by his father and mother,
Dr. Bob and Opie Hodges; brother, Bob Jr. Hodges; and
twin brother, Ross Hodges (RHS-1938).
He is survived by his wife, Dois Hodges; daughter, Mary
Ellen Pearcy; son, James Morton and wife, Suni; daughter,
Jannie Rodgers and husband Al of Abilene; grandchildren,
Mallory Kate and Justin Ross Pearcy, McKayla, McKall and
Behren Morton, Richard Rodgers and wife T. Lee, Rodney
Rodgers, Randal Rodgers and wife Lori; seven great-grand-
children; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces,
nephews and cousins.