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Obituary: Joel R. Hodge

As received from the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home:

Joel R. Hodge, age 81, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday May 12, 2022, in Laurium Michigan, with his family by his side.  

Joel was born on May 21, 1940, in Garden Twp, Michigan, to parents Joseph and Luella (Jones) Hodge. He attended the local schools and on June 24, 1961, he married the love of his life, Theresa Fountaine. The couple spent 50 wonderful years together until Theresa’s passing in June of 2012.  

Joel’s lifetime passions were his family and love for trucks. The second of four generations of truckers, Joel began backing up his father’s logging truck at 8 years old and took to the road by himself at 15 years old. From there, his love for big rigs only grew.  

Preceding him in death were his parents Joseph and Luella (Jones) Hodge, his wife Theresa (Fountaine) Hodge, his brother Wallace Hodge, and granddaughter, Sara Marie Mihelich.

Surviving are his daughters Suzette (Steve) Mihelich of Laurium, Jolene Hodge of Laurium, and son, Michael (Crystal) Hodge of Laurium; six grandchildren, Steven, Brandon, Jacob, Ty, Katrinna and Michael Jr; his faithful companion Gizmo; his sister Laura Lee Burcar; and numerous special nieces, nephews and cousins.  

Visitation service will be held on Sunday May 15, 2022, from 12:00-2:00 PM in the Erickson Crowley Funeral Home in Calumet, Michigan. With a Funeral service officiated by Deacon Jeremiah Mason to follow.  

Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery in Calumet, Michigan, on Monday May 16, 2022, at 9am.  
The family would like to thank Portage Home Health and Hospice, along with Portage Home Services, and the nurses and doctors of Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. We would like to extend a special Thank You to Margarita, his home health aid.  

The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home will be assisting the family with arrangements.  

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.ericksoncrowley.com 

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