Dan Hodson • July 18, 2020

Daniel (Dan) William Hodson passed away on July 18, 2020 in Pensacola, Florida.
He was born October 20, 1949 to William and Eileen Hodson and raised in Monticello, Illinois. He is a Vietnam Veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart Medal during his service with the 11th Armored Cavalry and the 197th Infantry Brigade with the United States Army. He had a contagious smile and loved spending time with his friends and family. He was a lover of laughter and always had a joke to tell. He loved the outdoors and spent his early life raising horses and later traded in the stables for a view of the beach.

Dan is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Hodson; sons Brett (Laine) Hodson, Drew (Toni) Hodson, Scott (Jennifer) Hodson; stepson Mark Miller; stepdaughter Marcia Johnson; grandchildren Danielle, Savannah, Breanna, Allison, Layla, Zachary, Oliver, River, Cameron, Tristan, Preslee, Dylan, Zane, and Josie; great grandchildren Elizabeth and Asher; and brother Jeff (Michelle) Hodson. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Eileen Hodson, and his daughter, Reesa Burgstrom.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday July 26, 2020 at 3:00pm at Faith Assembly Church located at 306 S. Geronimo Street, Destin, FL 32550.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to be made to The Purple Heart Foundation.

  1. Connie Stickrod Sullivan says:

    A classmate, great friend and saddened by this loss. Dan will forever be remembered by his contagious laugh, sense of humor , and his jokes. I stopped by his mom’s grave today and told her of this sadness his friends and I feel. Rest In Peace Dan and to his family- I’m sad for your loss and may you hold the good memories close to help you through these difficult times. 😢

  2. Lynn McConnell -Monticello, illinois says:

    I am truly saddened at Dan’s passing and I want to express my condolences to his entire family. Dan was my very best childhood friend growing up and we were inseparable playmates. The memories of all of our adventures brings a smile to my face even now and the volume of them would fill a book. Dan was “my big brother” and will be missed but never forgotten.

  3. Susan & John Gregory says:

    Pat ,
    We consider it an honor to have known Dan. He was definitely one of the good guys! He loved his family, friends and country with such exuberance. His big hugs and hearty laugh will be truly missed.
    Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers
    Susan & John Gregory

  4. Kevin & Michelle Schmidt says:

    We didn’t know Dan well, but he always had a great smile and a wonderful laugh. He never met a stranger and always made people feel at home around him. He will be missed.

  5. We loved knowing Dan. He was a lot of fun to watch football with and share stories! We will miss him!! Joe and Tammie

  6. Blandin Karabinos says:

    Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Dan Hodson. His fellow veterans of the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, salute our fallen brother. Dan served courageously with I Troop of the 3rd Squadron in 1969 and 1970, and it was our privilege to have him in the ranks of the Legendary Blackhorse Regiment. Our loss is that of another brother down and we will continue to honor his memory at out gatherings and at our annual reunion. A Purple Heart recipient, he was an exemplary soldier. His name will be listed on the rolls of our honored dead and in our newsletter, Thunder Run. But as our Burial Liturgy clearly states: “life has not ended, merely changed” and Daniel’s soul continues on a endless path. As we were together then (in Vietnam), we will be together again in the life hereafter, comfortably enfolded in the loving arms of our Merciful Father.

    Chaplain Blandin W. Karabinos, 11th ACVVC (Vietnam 71-72)

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