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Delbert Floyd Hodgden
May 22, 1936–May 15, 2010
Delbert Floyd Hodgden, 73, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 15, 2010, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, from complications of cancer.
A celebration of his life was held on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction. Family and friends called on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lahey Funeral Home in Oxford Junction, where a vigil service was held at 7:00 p.m. Burial was in the Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa.
Delbert Floyd Hodgden was born in Clarence, Iowa, on May 22, 1936 to Floyd and Emma (Otte) Hodgden. Delbert married Carol Murray on June 4, 1956 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction, Iowa.
For many years, Delbert and Carol farmed south of Oxford Junction. Upon retiring, they traveled exclusively, eventually deciding to winter under the warm Texas sun each year.
Delbert's family and friends enjoyed his gift of storytelling and his keen sense of humor. He and Carol enjoyed gardening and Delbert had an extensive collection of hostas. Each year they would host many guests for their annual garden walk. Delbert loved history and genealogy, often serving as the unofficial historian for anyone who needed information. He was a member of the Jones County Historical Society, served on the Oxford Junction Library Board and was instrumental in founding the Oxford Junction Heritage Museum. Always active in the community, Delbert served several years as a 4-H leader. Delbert loved music and enjoyed playing saxophone with the Oxford Junction Polka Band for many years. He continued his love of music into the future by purchasing the first musical instrument for each grandchild.
Delbert is survived by his wife, Carol and his three children, David (Lorri) Hodgden of Oxford, Iowa, Denise (Ken) Maier of Shellsburg, Iowa and Julie (Tim) White of Ottumwa, Iowa. Delbert is also survived by his sister, Diane (Denny) VonSprecken of Oxford Junction; grandchildren, Brandon and Ryan Maier, Ben Hodgden and Allison and Bethany Canaday; step-grandchildren, Cliff, Jennette and Abbey Maier and Amanda White; and five step-great grandchildren.
Delbert was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild, Ian Canaday.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 21 May 2010

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