READING — A graveside service with military honors will be held in the spring in the Brownsville Cemetery in West Windsor for Cyril S. Hodgeman, Jr., 88, a former longtime resident of Reading, and a resident of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington for the past five years, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 6, following a period of declining health at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.
He was born April 7, 1924 in South Woodstock, the son of Cyril “Sam” and Hazel Belle (Clay) Hodgeman.
He received his schooling in Reading and Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School in 1942. He later completed postgraduate courses in Springfield.
He was a veteran of the US Navy serving during World War II on the USS Vulcan while learning the trade of Pattern Maker. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Vermont.
He married Bessie M. Gonyea in Brownsville on Nov. 20, 1947. Mr. Hodgeman apprenticed in the machine tool industry under Winston G. Churchill of Proctorsville, VT at Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield and retired from Lucas Industries in Springfield in 1976.
Cyril was a member of the Reading Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion Post #25 in Windsor, the Disabled Veterans of America and the Blind Veterans of America.
He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fishing, hunting and listening to audio books and enjoyed his music.
Survivors include one daughter, Cyrilla H. Prescott of Manchester, NH, one brother, Stanley H. Hodgeman and his wife Judith of Springfield, VT, one brother-in-law, Albert Gonyea of Saxtons River, VT and one sister-in-law, Helen Bemis of Rutland, VT, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His wife of 62 years passed away on April 23, 2009. He was also predeceased by his parents and one son, Cedric Sheldon Hodgeman in 1951.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #25, at PO Box 540, Windsor, VT 05089.
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
This obituary first appeared in the January 17, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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