Donald R. Hodge

Donald R. Hodge, 82, a Missouri farm boy with a Ph.D. in particle physics, originally of Republic died March 27, 2022.

He graduated from Republic High School in the class of 1957, received a BS in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics from Drury University in 1961, and a Ph.D. in Particle Physics and Mathematics from University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1968.

Hodge began his professional career in Washington, DC at the Center for Naval Analyses, and worked across several defense contractors before ending his career on the Space Coast of Florida at Harris Corp.

He is survived by daughters, Kristin Marie and Carrie-Lynn, and their families, including four grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Sue Groves (Don); and niece, Rachel and nephew, Robert (Susan). He is preceded in death by his parents, William Orin Jr and Ruth Mildred, as well as his brother, Rex Eugene, and sister-in-law, Mary.

Visitation was from 2-3 p.m., followed immediately by the funeral service Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at Hood United Methodist Church in Republic. The graveside burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at Brookline Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to one of the organizations that was pivotal in his life: Drury University, designated to the Hodge Endowed Scholarship (, alumni & giving, select “other” and specify Hodge Endowed Scholarship; or, 900 N. Benton Ave Springfield, MO 65802); Hood United Methodist Church (; HDReach (


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