FORT WORTH -- Herbert Dudley Hodgkins Jr., 72, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997. Memorial service: In…

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FORT WORTH -- Herbert Dudley Hodgkins Jr., 72, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997. Memorial service: In Alvarado with graveside service at Greenwood Memorial Park. Details will be announced. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to: The Salvation Army; the Ruff House Ministries in Hutchins; or any organization doing God's ministries. Herbert Dudley Hodgkins Jr. joined his heavenly family Sunday. A husband, father, friend businessman, rancher and pilot, his life was one full of love for all of these things. Born July 20, 1924, in Fort Worth to Herbert Dudley Hodgkins Sr., and Hally Hall Hodgkins, he was reared in Lake Worth on the north side of Fort Worth. A graduate of North Side, he attended Kemper Military Academy and was attending The University of Texas when World War II intervened. He joined the Army Air Corps becoming a senior pilot. He spent the war flying the "Hump" in Indo-China logging thousand of hours carrying troops and supplies into China. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. After the war, he returned home to Fort Worth and joined his family's printing business on the North Side, later expanding it to Dallas. In the early 1950s, he moved his family to Arlington, opening his own printing business, Tex-N-Sets. Arlington was home for almost 20 years. During that time, he expanded and developed his business until he decided that it was taking too much time from the family and he sold it. In the early sixties, he purchased a ranch in Alvarado, south of Fort Worth, which he worked with his father. As in everything he did, he developed the ranch into a top notch Charolais cattle operation, became president of the Bluebonnet Charolais Association and along with two other ranchers, imported the second set of full-blooded Charolais bulls into the United States. At one time, he ran more than 250 head of Charolais cattle. In 1982, he traded the ranch for irrigated farmland in Dimmitt, and later moved back to Fort Worth. This kept him busy dividing his time managing the farm and taking care of his other business interests. He truly loved the land and what it could produce. Active in many things, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Alvarado, Scottish-Rite Free Mason, The Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Hump Pilot Association. The past four years have been difficult and as in everything in his life, he fought his disease with all his might and will. A man of strong beliefs and conviction, he had an influence on everybody he was around. This was one battle he could not overcome; God's will be done. The family would like to express their gratitude to all the people who helped during his illness. Especially thanks to Dr. Craig Dearden and the nurses and staff of the All Saint's Hospital oncology department. Survivors: A loving husband, father, grandfather, and a recent great- grandfather, he is survived by his loving wife, Marcia Ann Hodgkins of Fort Worth; a brother, David Hall Hodgkins of Theodossian, Mo.; three children, Kay Hodgkins Schmidt and Dudley M. Hodgkins, both of Austin, and John Thomas Hodgkins of Beaumont; three stepchildren, Kara Pezzulli of Dallas, Keller Easterling of New York, N.Y., and Kris Easterling of San Diego; nine grandchildren, Amy Foster Sasser of San Diego, Tracy Foster Keene of Austin, Mary Kay Foster of Dallas, Kristin Hodgkins of Texarkana, Texas, Austin Hodgkins of Beaumont, and James Dudley Hodgkins of Austin, Vincent, Liza and Kate Pezzulli of Dallas, and as of New Year's Day, a great-grandson, Foster Lawrence Keene of Austin.

Given names Surname Sosa Birth Place Death Age Place Last change
Herbert Dudley Hodgkins Jr.
July 20, 1924
98 TX (probably Tarrant Co)
3 February 23, 1997
25 72 Never
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