Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 

 

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Service Information

Charles S. Hodge 

Service: Private



 

Charles Schuyler Hodge, age 66, of Grand Rapids Michigan, left us in this world on January 1, 2020 to find his place amongst God and to be happily reunited with his mom and dad in heaven. Dad was born on September 20, 1953 at Butterworth hospital in Grand Rapids Michigan to father, Nicholas Oran Hodge (a laborer) and mother, Fyla Steendam-Hodge (a nurse).

Dad was raised by a single mother after he lost his own dad to illness at the age of 5, and spent his life trying to honor the memory of his father. As the story is told, he also shared the same love for the outdoors that grandpa had, and boy did he love the outdoors! Even from a young age, dad was always an avid hunter, chasing everything from squirrels, racoons and white tail deer in Michigan to tracking elk, bear and mule deer out west in Oregon, almost always successful in his endeavors. In the spirit of a true outdoorsman, dad also enjoyed spending his time out on the lake fishing, so much that he always said, “a day on the lake is a good day even if you didn’t catch a’ thing”. Some things are good for the soul and fishing is one of those things, so we’re happy to say that in recent years, as dad contemplated retirement, he spent a lot more time fishing, usually with one of his kids in tow!

When dad was a boy, he spent his summers on his uncle’s farm, where he found a love for the country and a love for the farm life. It was because of this time and with these experiences that he would spend the rest of his life trying to build his own working farm which he finally had in a 30-acre parcel in LeRoy, Michigan that he built and worked successfully with his own hands over the last 8 years.

By ordinary pen and paper, it would be impossible to properly capture the incredible, larger than life man we got to call dad. He was a writer and a storyteller but of every story, every embellishment and every fisherman’s tale we’ve heard over the years, we can say without a doubt that our dad’s story, the real story of his life, is the most unbelievable. He was a man whose family line in the Americas can be traced back to the Mayflower.  He was a man who loved this country and our troops nearly as much as he loved his own family. A man who believed whole heartedly in both God and the way of the Lakota Sioux. A man who often chose to donate money to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital over paying his own bills. A man who survived burns and subsequent skin grafts to his leg as a child, who lived through racing go carts under semis and jumping from bridges onto moving trains as they passed. The same man who survived having a heart attack and two strokes, through being shot twice and beating cancer multiple times. Dad worked his body to the brink, breaking every bone at least once at one point or another and stopping just long enough to say that “pain lets you now you’re still alive” and you “gotta’ just keep going”. The stories are endless, the memories are many and our love for this man is unmeasurable. Dad was and will forever be a super hero to us. 

Dad grew up in a small family with only two siblings (James “Butch”, and Ora) and always wanted a large family of his own. He had two great loves in his life and through these marriages, he had 12 children. His first wife Dawn with whom he had 5 kids (Tammy, Shanon, Charles, Brandy and Oran) and his second wife Patty with whom he had 7 kids (Perry, Michael, Lucas, Charity, Amber, Mariah and Jessica). From there, the family only grew and from these children, dad was the proud grandfather to 28 grand-children and 5 great-grand-children. Dad was a family man to the core and when the family grew in marriage or birth, so did his love. He has many daughters-in-law, and sons-in-law as well as nieces and nephews. He lived this life for his family and through us, is leaving behind a legacy that will endure through time. 

 

STROO FUNERAL HOME
1095 68TH ST SE
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49508 

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