Donald F. “Don” Hodapp, 81, of Bethalto, passed away at 7:57 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in the emergency room at Franklin Hospital in Benton.
He was born July 28, 1934, in Carlyle, the son of the late Walter and Elizabeth (Kohlbrecher) Hodapp. He married the former Judith A. “Judy” Trice Oct. 15, 1960, in Alton and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda Hodapp of Bethalto, Starla and Dave Germeroth of Alton, Deanna and Brad Zercher of Mackinaw; two grandchildren, Sarah Ehler and Rickey Hayes, two great-grandchildren, Bryce Ehler and Braelynn Ehler; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Helen Hollenkamp of Carlyle, Marilyn and Eddie Miller of Carlyle; and one brother, Clarence Hodapp of Carlyle.
Don was formerly employed by the United Ironworkers Local 392 for more than 30 years prior to his retirement. He loved camping, fishing and model trains. He enjoyed traveling and going on scenic railway trips. He was of the Catholic faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Walt Hodapp and Robert Hodapp.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time of funeral services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, at Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at Short Cemetery in Cottage Hills.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.