Rae Clyde Hodges

Born: Mon., Jan. 13, 1941
Died: Sun., Sep. 23, 2018

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Oct. 13, 2018
Location: St. Andrew Episcopal Church

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Rae C. Hodges passed away on Sept 23, 2018. He suffered a brain aneurysm while visiting Helena, where he was participating in the Five Valley Cluster dog show. He died at Providence Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA. His friends and family relate that the day before his collapse was a joyful one for him, as his dog Windy, who he personally handled in the ring, won Best of Winners that day.

Rae was born January 13, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois to Eileen Dickson Logan and Lawrence Wayne Hodges. His family moved to Stevensville, MT in 1943, then to Charlo, where the family lived in the house built by his grandfather, Simon Rae Logan, in the 1930’s, known to all as the “Stone House.” Rae simultaneously attended the University of Montana in Missoula while finishing his high school education at Missoula County High School, graduating in 1959. Rae secured a highly competitive nomination from U.S. Senator from Montana Mike Mansfield, and was accepted to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. While attending the Academy, he belonged to the varsity judo and the pistol teams.  He was one of six cadets in his class to score higher than 700 in each of three graduate record examinations. He graduated as a Second Lieutenant from the Academy in 1963, receiving his Bachelors of Science in International Relations.  Shortly after his graduation, he earned his black belt from the prestigious Kodokan School of Judo in Tokyo, Japan.

But it was in Colorado Springs that he met and fell in love with Amanda Hamilton of Dallas, TX. They were married on June 27, 1964, in a military wedding ceremony at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, TX. Rae and Amanda looked glamorous in their formal-wear, despite the fact that Rae brought two left shoes to go with his dress uniform and had to borrow a set from one of his groomsmen.

Rae attended Air Force Pilot Training and received his pilot’s wings at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, OK. His first assignment was at a Strategic Air Command unit at Turner Air Force Base in Albany, GA, followed by a post in Guam, where he was assigned as a B52 pilot. Rae was then transferred to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA. In May of 1969, two months after his daughter Mary was born, he deployed to Vietnam as a B52 pilot.

In Vietnam, while flying with the 716th Bomb Squadron, Rae earned the Silver Star for gallantry. From February 23 to February 28, 1970, as captain, he directed tactical air and ground artillery support for allied troops blocking enemy infiltration. The operation pitted an allied company against an enemy force of battalion size in rugged, mountainous terrain. Despite the continuing danger of enemy ground fire, he repeatedly flew over the battle area, controlling air attacks and artillery fire. Severe losses were inflicted on the enemy, and he was cited for insuring the success of the blocking mission. Rae flew 175 missions during a 12-month tour with the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Pleiku Air Base, Vietnam.

Upon return home, his assignment was piloting the jet-powered B52 Stratofortress heavy bomber. He then flew with the Strategic Air Command's 479th Bomb Wing at Kincheloe Air Force Base, MI, where he was presented with the Silver Star. It was at Kincheloe AFB that his daughter Margaret was born in 1971.

His next assignment was at March Air Force Base in Riverside, CA. In 1973 he joined the Air Force Reserve Squadron as a KC135 tanker (refueler) pilot. He earned his Masters of Science degree in Systems Management from University of Southern California in 1975. He flew refuelers in the first Gulf War. Rae retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1996 as a Lt. Colonel. He returned to his family home in Charlo, MT in 1997.

Beginning in the early 1990’s, Rae was a whip with the Santa Fe Fox Hunting Club. He was an active member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Polson, MT, where he sang enthusiastically in the choir as a tenor. He was also a member of Lions Club and the Five Valley Kennel Club. Rae and Amanda raised Black Angus beef and chickens in Charlo.  

Rae and Amanda have been prominent figures in the dog show world since 1981 when they started showing standard longhair dachshunds. They have also shown borzois, border collies, and miniature longhair and smooth dachshunds. The Hodges Family would like to extend special thanks to their many friends who have rallied around the family at this difficult time.

Rae is survived by his wife Amanda Hodges, his two daughters, Mary Hodges, residing in Montana and Argentina, and Margaret Hodges Von Behren and her husband Daniel Von Behren, residing in Brooklyn, NY, and Rae’s sister Susan and her husband John Gardner who live in Charlo, MT.

Services Oct. 13 are as follows: Viewing 9:00-11:00 AM at Lake Funeral Home, 101 6th Ave. E. in Polson; service at St. Andrew’s Church at 1:00 PM, 110 6th Ave. E. in Polson; burial at Ronan Cemetery at 3:00 PM, 46727 N. Foothills Dr. in Ronan; reception to follow at Leon Hall, 984 Leon Rd. in Charlo. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Rae’s memory be made to St. Andrew’s Church, 110 6th Ave. E., Polson, MT 59860.

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Connie Sills
   Posted Thu September 27, 2018
Amanda and girls, Susie and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences at Rae's passing. It was an unexpected shock for you, you must be reeling.

My prayers go out to you. I’ll check this week if I can do anything.
Connie Sills

Bill Wecker
   Posted Fri September 28, 2018
Dear Amanda,

Very sad to hear of Rae's passing. But happy to learn of your long life together. Of all my Academy classmates, Rae was, to me, the most interesting, the most talented, the most admirable.

Bill Wecker

Herman & Charlene Shuping
   Posted Sat September 29, 2018
Very sad to hear of your loss. Rae will always be remembered for his huge smile and easy manner. We will never forget his friendship. His loss will be felt among those of us who raise and show our Dachshunds. Many good memories! We will never forget his rolling on the floor in laughter as our dog, Sasha, vacuumed the Rally floor in CDA. But she qualified and Rae cheered. Great memories!

Alayne Swanson
   Posted Sun September 30, 2018
Dear Amanda and Family,
I m praying for all of you at this difficult time.
Rae was a special man and a good friend. Remember the time my walking cast was falling off and he ran into the ring with duct tape to fix it.
Or the many times in the ring he would tell me, "Smile! Remember we do this for fun!" .

I know he will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. God be with you all in the coming days.

Ellen Price
   Posted Sun September 30, 2018
Was blessed to have known this modest, unassuming, fun gentleman from our shared Colorado Springs days. They were married on my birthday and I was there, but never heard the shoe story!

He will be missed by many. Love to all his family.

CC ‘64

Peter Van Allen
   Posted Sun September 30, 2018
Amanda: I was so sorry to learn of your loss. I agree with Bill Wecker: Of all our Academy classmates, Rae was one of the best of us. Peter Van Allen

Darlene Jevning
   Posted Mon October 01, 2018
Amanda and Family,
Curtis and I are so very sorry for the loss of Rae. We will never forget his perpetual smile, and easy going manner, no matter the problem. I will remember him as I am sure you will Amanda, grinning ear to ear as he and his girl Windy came out of the ring, Best of Winners. That truley what Rae was, the Best of us all, and truly a Winner. We are very sorry we cannot attend the services due to proir obligations, but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Curtis and Darlene Jevning

Meta and Jim Hyder
   Posted Mon October 01, 2018
Amanda and family.. Jim and I can't express the sorrow we feel over the loss of Rae..he wl always be close to our hearts and in our thoughts as well as you and the girls..

Katy Rud
   Posted Mon October 01, 2018
Amanda and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the feeling of loss. I’m so happy Windy was there to make his day so perfect. I will always treasure my memories of Rae. I will miss him. Katy Rud

Janene Caywood
   Posted Mon October 01, 2018
Amanda and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Rae was open and welcoming to new FVKC members, which I appreciated. He was a delight at the annual show, coming to the watch the teams in the Rally classes. He always had a smile for people and their furry family. RIP Rae.


Janene Caywood

Jane Foster
   Posted Mon October 01, 2018
Amanda and Family,
Sincere condolences on your profound loss. Rae will always be remembered as a kind and joyful man, with a welcoming smile and demeanor for all. I will miss his welcoming attitude. Such an open heart is rare. Jane

Peg Dilley
   Posted Mon October 01, 2018
I was so heart broken when Paula told me about Rays passing.
My 1st words were that at least he was doing what he loved to do !
Showing his dogs.
I can remember sitting on he leather couch with the dogs at night with the dogs snuggled all around us.
I remember the horse rides and he trip to the butcher's...
I remember the Love that you both have to All of us that came to visit.
I remember the sharing of knowledge from you both to us New people in he show world and the sharing of your lines to improve otherness you both loved.
Thank you Both...
Ray will be missed by so many...

Dianne Barnes
   Posted Tue October 02, 2018
You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Rae was always a bright light at any event, always with a smile on his face. He will be deeply missed.

Frank & Linda Carden
   Posted Tue October 02, 2018
Amanda and Family,
You have our Deepest Sympathy on the loss of Rae. We were shocked at the suddenness of his passing and hope that you will all find comfort in the good memories of him as a husband, father & brother. Though we hate losing friends and family, we can always wish they pass when they are involved with something they love--in Rae's case, showing his dogs. May you find comfort in the coming days in your shared love of Rae.

Frank & Linda

Brooke Ridley
   Posted Tue October 09, 2018
Amanda and Family,

I am very sorry for your loss. Though I only knew Rae a short time, through FVKC, he always had a smile on his face and a jovial laugh to go with it. He will be missed.

Preston & Carole Davis, Col USAF (ret)
   Posted Wed October 10, 2018
Dear Mandy and Family: So very sorry to hear of Rae's passing as we remember you both with fond memories. Rae was a great classmate during the four years at the USAF Academy in Colorado. Upon graduation we were fortunate to be assigned to the same class to fly trainer jets at Vane AFB, Oklahoma. During a later assignment to Travis AFB, California, we joined forces with Mandy to host Air Force Academy Cadets visiting Travis AFB between flight duties on the base. Rae a great friend and loyal comrade in arms who was a saber bearer at our wedding in 1968. He certainly had a great life after the Air Force and will be missed greatly. Our prayers and sympathy for the family in your time of loss.

Richard Vincent
   Posted Thu October 11, 2018

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Dick and Twyla Vincent.

To a great friend, who will be missed from Dick and Twyla Vincent

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