Gregory Lynn Hodgen, 74, of Pendleton died July 4, 2017, at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Vert Auditorium, 480 S.W. Dorion, in Pendleton. Following the service, there will be a procession to the Umatilla County Sheriff’s office for a potluck reception. A private interment will be held at Olney Cemetery at a later date.
Gregory was born October 7, 1942, in Pendleton, Oregon, to Kenneth “Tuck” and Jean (Cronin) Hodgen. He attended schools in Pendleton and graduated from Pendleton High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cold War. He also served in Orleans, France.
After returning to Pendleton, he attended Blue Mountain Community College where he earned an associate’s degree in law enforcement. He married Candy Cook. They had two daughters and later divorced. On December 31, 1998, he married Doris Owens.
He worked for the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, security at OHSU, Tektronix in Beaverton, Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. He retired in 2003 and moved back to Pendleton. For ten years, he volunteered with the Neighborhood Watch program. Greg was awarded the Meritorious Achievement Award by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association in June 2007. He was also awarded Volunteer of the Year from the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association in 2011. Greg was a member of the VFW and a lifetime member of the NRA.
He loved music and playing guitar. During his high school years, he played for school dances in the area. His favorite artists were Elvis, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. He enjoyed being a historical re-enactor and would put on programs and demonstrations at various gatherings. Greg and his writing partner, Larry Purchase, wrote a book titled “The Rocks Are Ringing” and did a lot of book signings. He loved music, old western movies, reading and taking long drives looking for wildlife, especially at sunset.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Hodgen of Pendleton; daughters Gretchen Hodgen of Walla Walla and Heidi Johnson of Spokane, Wash.; stepdaughter Susan Holmes of Beaverton; grandchildren Blaine Johnson of Spokane, Drake Johnson of Spokane and Brandy Sullivan of Walla Walla; stepgrandchildren Joshua Holmes of Beaverton and Naomi Holmes of Beaverton; great-granddaughter Salene Croff of Walla Walla; sister Judy Hodgen Shultz; and numerous nieces, nephews and beloved cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Tom Hodgen.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, 131 S.E. Byers Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.
Online condolences may be sent to www.pioneerchapel.com.