Adolph P. “Al” Hodel, age 85, of McHenry, died Sunday, December 27, 2009 at Centegra Hospital – McHenry.
He was born January 7, 1924 in St. Paul, MN, to Adolph and Anna (Finsterwalder) Hodel.
Mr. Hodel was a McHenry resident for the past 9 years, and formerly lived in Wauconda.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served during WWII, stationed in Italy. After his discharge, he returned home and married Katharine Kamus on August 14, 1951. He enlisted with the US Air Force, and served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. In June, 1974, he retired as Senior Master Sergeant in Strategic Air Command after 31 years of service.
He later worked as Safety Inspector for Kemper Insurance for 10 years.
He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in McHenry. Enjoyments included fishing, golfing, camping, and playing baseball in his younger years. While living in Wauconda, he served as president of his condominium homeowners association.
A proud father and grandfather, he was a loving husband and caregiver to his wife.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Katharine; a daughter, Cathy (John) Mattoon of McHenry; four grandchildren, Kamus, Ian, Kelsey, and Brendan; a brother, Gerhardt (Lou Ann) Hodel of Marietta, GA; sister, Louise (William) Harkins of The Villages, FL; and his brother-in-law, Harry Mogge of Oregon, IL.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Hilda Mogge.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, Il 60050. Visitation will resume Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until leaving the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. for church.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, at St. Mary’s Church, 1401 N. Richmond Rd., McHenry, IL.
Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, McHenry.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, memorials to Boys Town would be greatly appreciated.
For more information call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or send the family an on-line condolence at www.justenfh.com.