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Kruse Lumber owner Harold Hodge dies

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Harold W. Hodge, 72, of Sun City West, Ariz., president and owner of Kruse Lumber Do-It Center, died Tuesday (Sept. 6, 1994) at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in Arizona.

He was born Jan. 11, 1922, in Rochester, graduated from Rochester High School in 1939 and attended Rochester Junior College. During that time he played for the Rochester Mustangs hockey team. He began working for Kruse Lumber Co. part time in 1939. From 1942 to 1946, he served in the Navy in the South Pacific, returning to the company to work full time. He married Beatrice Gersic in Rochester.

Mr. Hodge purchased Kruse Co., co-owning it with Harold E. Payne, on May 24, 1963, and owned and operated it since. He was a member of Elks Lodge, Mason Lodge, Kiwanis Club, past president of YMCA board of directors, and a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He served on the building committee of Grace Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Barbara Hodge of Portland, Ore., and Maryanne Hodge of Clarks Summit, Pa.; two sons, Mark of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Brian of Grand Meadow; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert of Mesa, Ariz., and Kenneth of Rochester.

A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. The body was cremated.

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There will be no visitation or reviewal.

Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association or Rochester Salvation Army.

Camino Del Sol Funeral Chapel in Sun City West is in charge of arrangements. @et

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