Gerald “Jerry” O’Neill Hodge, 90, of Line Lexington, passed away Sunday, December 27, 2020. He was the husband of his devoted and loving wife, Joyce (Wade), to whom he was married for 67 years.
Born February 10, 1930, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Gerald O. Hodge, Sr. and Gertrude (McCaffrey) Hodge.
He enjoyed a rewarding career in the field of education, primarily in the Centennial School District. He was appointed principal of Stackpole Elementary School in Upper Southampton during its construction in 1963 and served in that capacity upon its completion for twenty-two years. After his tenure at Stackpole, he worked and retired from Longstreth Elementary School in Warminster. He had the good fortune to work with competent professional and non-professional staff members and supportive parents who shared his challenges to provide the best possible instructional program for the students of his school community.
After retirement, Jerry pursued his passion to breed and produce Hunter and Jumper crossbred ponies. Many of his ponies continue to show successfully throughout the United States. His breeding was not exclusive to ponies. To this day, his menagerie includes dogs, birds, and guinea pigs. And, formerly included goats, sheep, pheasants, ducks, a turkey vulture, a raccoon, and a squirrel monkey! Jerry also had a wide spectrum of friends with very diverse backgrounds. In his own words, “Happiness is ultimately achieved by the contributions of all whom we encounter during our lives. My enjoyment and zest for life can be directly attributed to the influence of those many folks I’ve met.” Most of all, Jerry loved to spend time with his loving wife, children, and grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Lynne Hodge of Yardley, Gerald O. Hodge, III “Cork” and his wife, Jeanette, of Colorado Springs, CO, Kimberly Huver and her husband, Daniel, of Chester Springs, and Kevin Hodge and his wife, Teresa, of Quakertown; his grandchildren, Bill (Natasha), Cody (Nicole), Jim (Carly), Dylan, Danielle (Ben), Jacob, and Kaylin; and great-grandchild, Grayson.
He was predeceased by his son, William Wade Hodge.
“Memories are a gift of God that death cannot destroy.”
A viewing will be held on Monday, January 4, 2020, from 9:30-10:30am at the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 3440 Skippack Pike, Skippack, PA 19474. Due to current restrictions, only ten people will be allowed in the funeral home at a time with masks and social distancing. Services will be held privately for the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Last Chance Ranch at www.lastchanceranch.org. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com