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.
Please visit www.ohiocremation.org to leave the family an online condolence. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.