Greg Lynn Hodgen

Born: Wed., Oct. 7, 1942
Died: Tue., Jul. 4, 2017

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Jul. 29, 2017
Location: Vert Auditorium

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Gregory Lynn Hodgen, 74, of Pendleton died July 4, 2017 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Vert Auditorium, 480 SW Dorion in Pendleton.  Following the service, there will be a procession to the Umatilla County Sheriff’s office for a potluck reception.  A private interment will be held at Olney Cemetery at a later date.

Gregory was born October 7, 1942 in Pendleton, Oregon to Kenneth “Tuck” and Jean (Cronin) Hodgen.  He attended schools in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School.  He served in the US Army during the Cold War.  He also served in Orleans, France.  After returning to Pendleton, he attended Blue Mountain Community College where he earned an associate’s degree in law enforcement.  He married Candy Cook. They had two daughters and later divorced.  On December 31, 1998, he married Doris Owens.  He worked for the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, security at OHSU, Tektronix in Beaverton, Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.  He retired in 2003 and moved back to Pendleton.  For ten years, he volunteered with The Neighborhood Watch program.  Greg was awarded the Meritorious Achievement Award by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association in June 2007.  He was also awarded Volunteer of the Year from the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association in 2011.  Greg was a member of the VFW and a lifetime member of the NRA.

He loved music and playing guitar.  During his high school years, he played for school dances in the area.  His favorite artists were Elvis, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash.  He enjoyed being a historical re-enactor and would put on programs and demonstrations at various gatherings.  Greg and his writing partner, Larry Purchase, wrote a book titled “The Rocks Are Ringing” and did a lot of book signings.  He loved music, old western movies, reading and taking long drives looking for wildlife, especially at sunset.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Hodgen of Pendleton; daughters, Gretchen Hodgen of Walla Walla, Heidi Johnson of Spokane, WA; step-daughter, Susan Holmes of Beaverton; grandchildren, Blaine Johnson of Spokane, Drake Johnson of Spokane, Brandy Sullivan of Walla Walla; step-grandchildren, Joshua Holmes of Beaverton, Naomi Holmes of Beaverton; great-granddaughter, Salene Croff of Walla Walla;  sister, Judy Hodgen Shultz and numerous nieces, nephews and beloved cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tom Hodgen.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, 131 SE Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR  97801.

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Bruce Stannard
   Posted Sat July 08, 2017
I worked with Greg at MCSO was really honored to be a friend.Greg was the best guy who was concerned about you & am sure he shared that with his clients.So sorry with your loss.

John Gibson
   Posted Sat July 08, 2017
Rest In Peace old friend. We'll ride the high country again.

Nancy Egan
   Posted Sun July 09, 2017
Greg was a great friend and highly respected. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten. N Egan

Ron Ozment
   Posted Tue July 11, 2017
Greg and I played and learned to play guitar about the same time. We preformed for the sophomore assembly at Pendleton high school. I still have the picture of us on stage. I hope to post it in the next few days.........Ron Ozment

Joni Zaklan Moore
   Posted Sat July 15, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I knew Greg from watching his 2 girls Gretchen and Heidi. Your dad really loved you

Betty and JT Thomas
   Posted Wed July 19, 2017
We are so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Heidi, we know your father meant the world to you. We know that the loss of their grandfather is difficult for Drake and Blaine, also. May God give you peace. JT and Betty (Papa and Grammie Thomas)

Linda Rand-Lopez
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
Going to miss Greg. Worked at the sheriff's Office with both Greg & Doris & you can't help but love them both. We shared knowledge & worked together like family, I love them both & will miss Greg greatly.

Dave Fluke
   Posted Wed July 26, 2017
My condolences to the family. Its been many years since leaving Pendleton, but some of the finest memories were of playing with Greg. I can remember he had the greatest things to play with, an old rifle, sword, gas mask and so much more. I hadn't seen or spoken with Greg since leaving, but often recollect the wonderful times we had. Warm Regards, Dave Fluke

Alvin Guy & Peggy Funk Simpson
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. We knew Greg back in high school and we know he will be greatly missed. Love & hugs to your entire family.

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