William Marion “Bill” Hodson, 67, a lifelong resident of Richmond, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Bill was born on November 14, 1951, in Lexington, the son of Billie “Bill” Davis and Betsy Ann (Thompson) Hodson. He was united in marriage to Anita Franklin of Richmond on March 5, 1976. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors include: his mother, Betsy Hodson of Richmond; two sisters: Ann Willard of Everton and Nicole Hodson-Commer of Columbia.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Bill graduated from Richmond High School in 1969. He was elected sophomore and senior class president, voted Key Club Lieutenant Governor his senior year, a member of R Club, Glee Club, Deca, Madrigal and Boys Double Quartet, and the tennis team. Bill began his career as an auto mechanic, working with his dad at Wollard Motor Company. In 2016, he sold his business, Hodson Auto Repair. Bill worked part-time for Direct Transit, leaving plenty of time for his passion, fishing. Bill’s proudest accomplishment was serving his country. He joined the Missouri Army National Guard in 1970 and faithfully served before retiring in 2011. Bill’s dedicated service to the country he loved spanned over 20 years and included deploying during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Over his career, Bill was awarded numerous citations and decorations to include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, and medals for the Global War on Terrorism and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Shirkey Hospice. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East Main Street-P.O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085.
Memorial graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery in Higginsville, with full military honors provided by the Missouri Army National Guard Honors Team. Please share your memories of Bill by visiting www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.