Stanley Miller Hodge

Stanley Miller Hodge, (Major/ USAF. Ret.), 61, passed away on Friday, May 5, 2006.

Stan was raised in Campbell-sport.

After graduation from Campbellsport High School in 1962, he attended Brigham Young University, graduating in 1966 with a major in journalism.

While at BYU he was the sports editor and then editor of the campus "Daily Universe" newspaper. He also was in the Air Force ROTC.

Stan then served in the Air Force as an imagery intelligence officer from 1966 through 1988, and retired as a Major.

It was at his first base in Denver, Colo. that a few fellow officers dared Stan to ask another officer for a date - even if she outranked him.

Beth said "yes" and they were married in 1967.

Besides being stationed in Colorado, he also served in San Antonio, Austin, England, Washington D.C., and Thailand.

Stan received a masterís degree in applied geography from Southwest Texas University in 1991.

For the past 15 years, he was travel market analyst and director of travel research for Texas tourism at Office of the Governor: economic development.

During these years, he founded a national organization for directors of travel bureaus in the U.S., Canada and Ireland.

It provides each state an opportunity to share stastics, successful ideas and solutions to problems.

He was the son of the late Stanley H. and Margaret R. (nee Miller) Hodge, and his stepmother was Dorothea (nee Goebel).

He was the beloved husband for 38 years of Elizabeth (nee Hilleary); son-in-law of Lloyd and Betty (nee Trimble) Hilleary of Dayton, Ohio; dear father of Stanley (Patricia) of Austin, Texas, Peter (Tiffany) of Davis, Calif., Emily (Frank) Molina of Austin, Ben (Wendy) of Austin, Richard (Michelle) of Rome, N.Y., Ted of Austin & Michael of Austin; and Grandpa to grandchildren, Rachael, Andrew, Jeremy, Alex, Allison, Kirstyn, Emily, Jacob, Faith and Samantha.

He was also a brother of Mary (Mike) Brown of Glendale and Rita (Jeff) Langlitz of Green Bay.

Stan also left behind many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

In addition to his beloved wife and family, Stan cherished his church membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and faithfully served in many church leadership positions.

He enjoyed working with his wife, Beth, in genealogy, where they have registered/recorded over 10,000 ancestors in their family trees.

We all will miss Stanís love, example and brilliance.

In Stanís honor, The Stan Hodge Memorial Fund has been set up (Elizabeth Hodge, trustee), 300 Starbright Drive, Austin, TX 78745.