Earl “Romer” Hodges, 79, of Rosewood Heights, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015 at his home.
He was born Jan. 6, 1936, in Owensboro, Ky., to Earl E. and Mary Jean (Hunt) Hodges. Romer grew up in St. Louis and attended Normandy High School, where he was a tremendous athlete in football, wrestling and track.
Many people will remember him from Hodges Bros Skating Rink in Pine Lawn, which his parents owned. He attended SEMO after high school. Following college, he and his college friends started a rugby team, where they competed for many championships winning the Missouri Rugby Association Championship in 57 and 59. He married Peggy Nevins April 2, 1960, in Pine Lawn, Mo. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. He worked as a Private Investigator and worked for all the large legal firms in St. Louis. His clients nicknamed him the “Falcon” and he drove the first ever Trans Am in the St. Louis area to match.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Hodges of Rosewood Heights; three children and their spouses, Steve (Janine) Hodges of Des Peres; Sheri (Andrew) Stimac of East Alton and Earl (Jenny) Hodges of East Alton; four grandchildren, Gavin and Dillon Hodges of Des Peres, Chris (Andrea) Stimac of Moro and Lauren Stimac and fiancé, Jeremy Green, of East Alton; brother, Ronald Hodges of Columbia, Mo., and three sisters, Lois Velders of Florissant, Mo., Sue Downs of Florissant, Mo., and Kay Hodges-Sweger of Great Falls, Mont.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Paynic Home for Funerals where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials can be made to Kleine-Levin Foundation. Online guestbook available at www.paynicfh.com.