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In Loving Memory
Gerald "Jerry" K. Hodson
12/8/1925 - 2/29/2012

Gerald K “Jerry” Hodson, age 86, longtime New Castle resident and local attorney, passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at his residence.


He was born December 8th, 1925 in Daleville, Indiana a son of the late Walter Eli and Mae E. Scott Hodson.


Jerry graduated from Middletown High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army for twenty-seven months during World War II, and was in a machine gun squad in Company D 341st Infantry 86th Infantry Division. His Division served under General Patton’s Third Army. His military unit was in France, Germany, and Austria during the war, and after the war he transferred to the Philippine Islands. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Infantrymen’s badge, and many other military medals.


He graduated from Indiana University in 1949 with a BS in business and with a Law Degree in 1951. Admitted to the Bar in December of 1951 and commenced practice with Scotten and Hinshaw law firm in New Castle, Indiana. He later formed a partnership with Thomas B. Millikan and later with Robert H. Harvey. Served for a number of years for the Character and Fitness Committee for the State Board of Law Examiners, and was a Charter Member to the Indiana Bar Foundation as well as being active in State and local Bar Association matters. He served as the Henry County Attorney, and Attorney for the Henry County Department of Public Welfare. He served ten years on the Indiana State Republican Committee, and served as a Congressional District Chairman from 1964 to 1974. He was as a delegate at the 1968 National Republican Convention in Miami, Florida. He also served as Henry County Republican Chairman. He was awarded the “Sagamore of the Wabash” award by Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb.


He was a member of many civic and social organizations including: the Masons, Shiners, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Elks, V.F.W., American Legion, Moose, and Eagles.


He enjoyed family activities, pets, nature, and working in his yard. He was a sports enthusiast, and was a strong supporter of Indiana University Basketball, and Football. He also enjoyed the Indianapolis Colts Football.


Left to cherish his loving memory include: his wife of 46 years, Helen Lacy Hodson, whom he married June 27, 1965; sister, Dorothy Wright of Middletown, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by: his parents, and siblings, Robert S. Hodson, Kenneth Hodson, Jean Nixon, Lois Strohm, Bernadine Hodson, and Stephen Hodson.


Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012 at Macer-Hall Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the funeral home with Reverend Jim Becker officiating. Burial will follow in South Mound Cemetery in New Castle. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the time of service.


Military Honors will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign War and the American Legion.


Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012 at the funeral home.


Online condolences may be made at


Memorial contributions may be made to the Henry County Heart Society (1000 North 16th Street New Castle, Indiana 47362).


Macer-Hall Funeral Directors: Sam Hall, Gary Hall, and Mike Ragan are honored to conduct the services.

Online Condolences
From: Rita Nixon   Greenfield IN
Relationship:  family friend

The John Dale Nixon family was sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. Your family will be in our thoughts.
Sent:  3/2/2012
From: Marsha Hodson   Pasadena Texas
Relationship:  Niece

Aunt Helen, I am sorry that I am unable to attend the services. Even through I am far away in distance, I will be there in my thoughts and prayers. Uncle Gerald was a very good man and will be missed greatly. I love both of you. Marsha and Steven
Sent:  3/2/2012
From: Barbara Ward   New Castle Indiana
Relationship:  long-time client and friend

My late husband, Roger, and I (as well as the whole Ward family) have not only benefited for years from Jerry's wise counsel, but also have enjoyed his friendship. He helped me tremendously with legal matters after Roger's death. The whole community will miss Jerry. I am so sorry to not be there to personally share and express my sympathy to Helen and other family and friends. With Sincere Sorrow, Barbara Ward
Sent:  3/2/2012
From: Donald & Barbara Meade   Knightstown In
Relationship:  Friends

Helen & Family Our deepest sympathy goes out to you. Jerry was a good friend & helped our family thru many things. He will be missed by many. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Sincerely, Don & Barbara Meade & Family
Sent:  3/2/2012
From: Herb Bunch   New Castle Indiana
Relationship:  Friend

My wife, Judy, and I just returned from a trip to Alabama and did not know of that Jerry has passed away last Wedesday. It is with a great deal of sympathy that we acknowledge his passing. His contributions to the community were significant in his given profession of practicing law. My closest association with Jerry was when we shared an office in the Ameriana Bank Building downtown when I was the Executive Director of the Henry County Community Foundation. God Bless the family members. Herb Bunch and family
Sent:  3/2/2012
From: Sheila Wooten   New Castle Indiana
Relationship:  friend

Dear Mrs.Hodson, I had the privilege of working at the Dept. of Public Welfare when Jerry was our attorney. He was such a kind and patient man. I will always remember how helpful he was to me when I first begin working there. He will be missed by his many friends and colleagues. I know what a tremendous loss this is for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Sheila Wooten
Sent:  3/3/2012
From: Ron & Alma Padgett   New Castle IN
Relationship:  Friend

We were sorry to hear of Jerry's passing -- he will be truly missed by family, friends & the community. He was a friend of my Father, Sheriff Bob Padgett, and we remember him fondly as a leader of the community. We are out of town and unable to attend the funeral, but our thoughts are with you. Ron & Alma Padgett
Sent:  3/3/2012
Relationship:  INLAWS OF -LINDA

Sent:  3/3/2012
From: Brenda Newman   Indianapolis IN
Relationship:  Friend

Helen, I was sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I only learned about it yesterday. I know that Dad is heartbroken that he wasn't here to offer his love & support. Sherry was able to reach him late last night. He was very saddened by the news. You are very much in our thoughts & prayers. Love, the Newman Family
Sent:  3/4/2012
From: Sharon (Nottingham) Cassel   Muncie Indiana
Relationship:  Legal Advisor

I had the opportunity to work with Jerry for many years. Dealing with problems was his expertise, which he dealt with much dignity & respect. He will be remembered as the professional attorney that he always was, even in choosing his office staff.
Sent:  3/8/2012

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