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Clemon Cecil Hodge, Jr.

Clemon Cecil Hodge, Jr. of Worthington, Ohio died June 2, 2021 following a cancer-related illness.

He was born on May 3, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio to Clemon Cecil Hodge, Sr. and Delphia Ernestine Harless.

He was married on October 16, 1999 to Candace Eileen Hartzler at Liberty Presbyterian Chapel, Delaware, Ohio. They shared 22 years of marriage.

Survivors include: daughters, Candy Gail Hodge (Indiana), Erin Shelton (Gary) Maryland, Katie Burns (Ohio), Sarah Hodge (Ohio), son Matthew Dixon (North Carolina), step-daughter Kristina Patai (Derek) Indiana, step-sons, Keith Hartzler (Caitlin) Ohio, and Bryan Hartzler (Marlene) Ohio.  His grandchildren Abby, Riley, Keira, Zen, Greyson, Scarlett, Mia, Prescott, Rosemary, Lexie, Finley, Lucas and Benjamin.

He was retired from the City of Columbus where he served as counselor with the Employee Assistance Program. He holds an Associates of Arts in Photography from Daytona Beach Community College and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from the University of Dayton.

He was a humble and active member of the Alcoholics Anonymous community for 41 years, a man who never took the gifts of recovery for granted.

Clem was a writer/poet/photographer, keen observer and wise peace maker. He published 3 books, Dogpatch, a place I remember, Goodbye Goliath and HodgePodge. He loved looking at the sky, watching the ocean, listening to rainfall, attending plays and live music performances, strumming his guitar and writing in his journals.

His sense of humor, twinkling blue eyes, hugs, wise words, soft chuckles and deep acceptance of all people, brought spiritual gifts to many. He died the way he lived, quietly, peacefully, surrounded by loved ones while listening to Mozart.

In lieu of flowers, family asks for donations to be made to the recovery community: House of Hope, 825 Dennison Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or Hope Thru Housing, 6665 Huntley Road, Suite P, Columbus, Ohio 43225.

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  • Mary Ann Winters says:

    Clem’s gentle spirit holds a special place in my heart.

    I so cherish the memory of the three of us standing in front of your Christmas tree and praying together with heartfelt gratitude, just a few years ago.

    Always here for you Candace. Love, Mary Ann

  • Jim Hutter says:

    Clem touched many lives, including mine. His book, “Dogpatch,” was a relatable and compelling read that will be a part of my book shelf for life. Clem’s writing is only a small part of his wonderful legacy, which provided inspiration for others.

  • Jan and John Perlman says:

    Our hearts are breaking with the loss of this wonderful friend, and for those loved ones he leaves behind. We will always keep him in our hearts and remember this gentle, loving and compassionate man. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him. Deepest love to Candace and the family and to all his many friends.

  • Billie says:

    61 years ago we met. We were young,we lived, we loved. As I think back, it seems like only a few years ago. You broke my heart when you moved to Florida.As I look back over the years I would think of you often. I have read your books and can feel the pain you suffered. I have one regret, that we never had a chance to talk after your sobriety. My deepest condolences and prayers to Candace and your family…
    May you Rest In Peace Jetter bug 💔💔
    Barn Dance Billie

  • Kim Seeley says:

    Such a loving, gentle and sweet spirit. Loved his stories, loved his laugh. He will be greatly missed by all.

    Much love to you Candace.

  • Lora Fish says:

    I loved seeing Clem’s love shine through Candace’s eyes! I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Jessie says:

    One of the kindest, friendliest souls I’ve ever met. He will be missed by so many. What an amazingly talented writer and story teller he was. If only he could send us poems about the wonders he is seeing now. Sending love to all his family and friends.

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