1970 - 1977
OCTOBER 26, 1945 - MARCH 13, 2011
Troy Lee Hodges, Coach, was born in Lebo, Kan., on October 26, 1945, to Leo and Cletis Hodges. He passed away on March 13, 2011, at KU Medical Center following a long battle with leukemia. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Doris King of Emporia, Kan.
Troy attended Lebo schools and graduated from Emporia State University.
He influenced the lives of many young people over his 32-year tenure as a math teacher and coach of football and wrestling. He taught and coached at Osawatomie High School and J.C. Harmon High School in Kansas City, Kan. He was a father figure to countless young men.
Troy was a member of the Kansas State Activity Association Hall of Fame, the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and the J.C. Harmon High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was awarded numerous other honors as a football coach including the 2000 Cecil O. Patterson Award for the Kansas City Metro Area Football Coach of the Year. He was active in the promotion of the sport of wrestling and worked tirelessly to help organize the Metro Classic All Star Wrestling Dual each year.
Troy enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, playing fantasy sports and watching sporting events of all kinds. Participating in these activities with his numerous friends brought him great joy.
Troy and his wife Cathy were married for 41 years and had two children, Nicole Hodges (Calvin Santini) of Kansas City North and Aaron Hodges of San Francisco, Calif. His granddaughter, Kya Santini was the light of his life.
Besides his family he is survived by three brothers, Garold (Vonnie) of Andover, Kan., Russell of Lebo, and Dennis (Peggy) of Reading, Kan., and many nieces and nephews and friends.
Services will be under the direction of the Maple Hill Funeral Home, 3300 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, KS 66106. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 18. Funeral service at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Graveside service 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, in Lebo in Lincoln Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the J.C. Harmon High School Sports Hall of Fame in care of the funeral home.
Published in Kansas City Star on March 16, 2011
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