Billy Wayne Hodge, 67, of
Fruitland, died March 30, 1997, at an Emmett hospital.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday at the Fruitland
High School gymnasium. Burial will follow at the Wilder
Cemetery in Wilder. The Rev. Bill Sperry of the Fruitland
Highway Assembly will officiate, under the direction of
Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette.
Bill was born Feb. 26, 1930, in Ava, Missouri, the fourth
child of nine, born to Fred and Alta Hodge. He moved with his
family to Wilder in 1940, where he attended and graduated from
school. Bill married his high school sweetheart, Frankie Jean
Quigley, Aug. 25, 1950. He worked for the Owyhee Telephone
Co., the Caldwell Police Department, American Fine Foods and
also ran a service station and ambulance service in Payette.
After living and working on a ranch in Nevada for two years,
he moved his family back to Fruitland in 1963. Bill attended
barber school and opened his own shop at Gayway Junction in
1970. Two years later he moved to downtown Fruitland where he
operated Bill's Clip and Style until he was forced to retire
in 1995 due to ill health. He also drove school bus at
Fruitland for 19 1/2 years.
Bill served 19 years on the Payette County Fair Board. He
was Exalted Ruler for the Ontario Elks Lodge, served as a
volunteer fireman and was a member of the Jaycees. He was
also the second president of the Fruitland Chamber of Commerce
Bill was a sports booster for many years and was issued a
lifetime pass to all home athletic events by the Fruitland
Bill was an active member of Highway Assembly of God and
served as a board member for several years. He also saved at
the district level in the Lifestyle Evangelism Department of
the Assemblies of God.
He served in the Idaho National Guard for nearly 20 years.
Bill was also very proud of being honored as a ten-gallon
blood donor by the American Red Cross.
In 1989 he was the grand marshall for the annual Payette
County Fair parade. Most recently the Fruitland Chamber of
Commerce honored Bill as the Citizen of the Year for 1996.
Bill loved to go camping in the mountains, along with
hunting, fishing, sight-seeing, yard work and going trail
riding with his friends.
He is survived by his wife, Frankie of Fruitland; one son,
Paul and daughter-in-law, Shirley of Fruitland; a daughter,
Sheryl and son-in-law, Roger McEwen of Wasilla, Alaska; his
mother, Alta; brothers and sisters-in-law, Doyle and Wilma of
Caldwell, Delbert and Ellen of Weiser, Ernie and Nadine of
Fruitland; sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Dick Blood
of Caldwell and Patsy and Clifford Looney of Ontario; six
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, two brothers and
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bill
Hodge Memorial Fund at Highway Assembly of God or send c/o
Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, P.O. Box 730, Payette, ID 83661.
Friends may call-from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Highway
Assembly of God, 100 Whitley Drive, Fruitland.