George O. Hodkinson, age 38 of Wanamingo and formerly of Faribault, died on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Faribault on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 10 a.m. with the Reverend Joanna Mitchell officiating. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Morristown.
Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Sunday, February 14, 2010 from 1 to 4 p.m. and also at church for one hour prior to the service on Monday.
George Owen, the son of Gerald and Barbara (Opem) Hodkinson, was born November 2, 1971 in Rochester. He was a 1990 graduate of Faribault High School. He married Karen Miller and was later divorced. He attended Hennepin Technical College, and later he received a Master's Degree from the University of Minnesota. He was an entrepreneur and formerly owned a national motocross team. George was a teacher formerly at St. Peter and Hastings. He was currently attending law school at South Central University at Baton Rouge, LA.
He is survived by his three children, Brittany, April and George all of Faribault and their mother, Karen Hodkinson of Faribault; his father, Gerald Hodkinson of Faribault; eight siblings, Marie Lynne (and Todd) Severson of Lake City, Robin (and Mike) Newcombe of Faribault, Gerald M. (and Lisa) McLay of Ellsworth, WI, Dennis (and Pat) Hodkinson of Paris, TN, Vikki (and Tim Stankey) Born of Janesville, Tom (and Dorle) Kaase of Racine, Traci Kaase of Rochester and Heidi (and Brent) Ronning of Hawaii; one uncle, Donald (and Becky) Hodkinson of Chatfield; one aunt, Geraldine Chance of Pearce, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara.
Very Sorry for your loss, My son Beau and I met George when Beau was racing Motocross a few years ago. he was a great guy,and very helpful, always willing to help. He will be missed R.I.P. George
George was in my law school evening class....I had the opportunity to get to know him personally and had several out of school conversations with him. He was a kind, caring, and friendly guy. He was serious about his studies and enjoyed other people but always expressed to me his love of family and Minnesota....I enjoyed ragging him about what the Saints were going to do to the Vikings.....I regret not having talked to him before the spring semester started... I will miss him a great deal and will remember him in my prayers and his loving family...God Bless Dale J. Broussard
I want to express my sincere condolence to George's family and friends. Unfortunately, we at the law center in Louisiana only shared a short time with George, however, he blessed all of us that got to know him or just simply received a friendly nod and smile as we passed him by in the auditorium. He had a gentle soul, and an aura of joy that resonated to those around him. He will surely be missed.
So sorry to hear this news. May all the wonderful memories somehow bring you comfort. We'll miss seeing him at the track!
I was out of town this weekend and just heard the news. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. George was a great guy -- always smiling or laughing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss.
Gerry Not sure that you remember me but You worked with my Dad Mike Kiefer and we were neighbors. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. God Bless
Everyone I have talked to considered George a huge resource for the motocross community, and they valued his expertise. He will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of your great loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of great loss. God bless you! Tonya Miller
George and I played in the band and played many sports together in our early years. He was always good for a laugh. I think we, along with some other friends, may have hastened our band teacher's retirement! Ironic that we both ended up teaching. The world lost a good man in George. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, George. God bless. An old friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time off sadness. Keep the faith adn God bless you!~~Sheri (Lowell Opem's daughter)
I remember making a record breaking trip with George from Owatonna to Rochester in less than 15 mintues to see Ricky Johnson, and all the other Pro riders practice before the Milville race. George and his mom and dad got me started in Moto corss and toted me to many races, his dad signed to be my gaurdian (I was under 18). His favorite place to ride was behind his house in a place called death valley when we were younger, many mnay great memories have spawned from my friendship with George and his parents. George always made the best out of every situation. I know he IS a proud father we had a chance to meet up with George and his son in Mankato at the races, Little George looks just like his dad out on the track..We had a lot of catching up to do but I guess that will have to wait until we meet up again.
I first met George back when I raced MX and he was fresh out of high school. Always eager to learn from us "old guys". He was always quick with a laugh and was a genuine good guy. We kept in touch over the years and he never ceased to amaze me with what he accomplished. This part of the world lost a real great guy.
I graduated high school with George nearly 20 years ago. I always remember him either laughing or making us laugh. My condolences go out to the family. Rest in peace my friend.
One of the nicest people I have ever known... I knew George threw motocross, i will never forget his smile. My sympathies are with his family.
I only knew George for a short time in law school. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.
Looks like my mom (and others) wrote some nice things about George, so I'll take my turn. I have very fond memories of being in second grade with George at Jefferson. I think that's when he started there, and I remember a lot of kids giving him a hard time at first. I became his first friend in elementary school, because how could you not like a guy like George? We chummed through the rest of elementary, and part of Junior High (along with a group of pretty cool farm kids, including the late Chris Storm), but drifted a bit after that. George is someone that I never forgot about though, and I'm sure I never will. We used to have open lunch in 7th grade, and would usually go to McDonalds. Sometimes though, we would go to Nelsons, but George always strongly protested- because his dad worked at Hy-Vee (a testament to George's loyalty!) Sorry Jerry, he did go in and buy stuff once in a while! And he was a ton of fun to hang out with, talk with, laugh with. That's what I will remember the most about George: his laugh, and the ability to do so readily. He was one of those rare people that could make me laugh, even if I had never heard what it was that was so funny. Just the sound of his laughter was infectious! Whatever any of us believe, or what George believed, one thing's for sure: he now has an understanding of what life is like after crossing over, while we are left here merely wondering and theorizing. Of course George will be missed, but he's undoubtedly experiencing something pretty amazing right now, and that makes me happy for him. Take care, old pal.
Dear Family, My son, Jake Ruths and George were good friends early on in grade school. Later my husband and older son knew him from dirt biking. George achieved much and now I see he was going even further and attending law school. I am so impressed by his ambition. He had a great personality. I am so very sorry for your loss but I have really pleasant memories of George and Jake and of course some of you know I was a good friend of Barb over the years and I miss her. I want you to know you have my heartfelt sympathy if I'm not able to attend the visitation to say it in person. God bless you all and my prayer is for you to find strength in Jesus now because he is there to bless you with peace and fine memories. Pam Ruths
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family and George's kids during this time of loss. I grew up playing baseball with George and hung out with him a little bit in school. George was one of the kindest people I have ever met in my life and he will be surely missed. George always seemed to have a smile on his face. George you will be missed but I know that you are sitting with God and watching over those who were important in your life. I know we will see each other again someday. Tony Ranslow Class of 90'
From D23/ARMCA, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time. George was a great person to have around the track and he will be sorely missed by many riders. I remember having engaged discussions with George and valued his perspective even when we didn't see eye-to-eye. I always respected his depth of knowledge and engagement with the Motocross community. Regards and condolences, Jim Nelson
God Bless you all Hodkinson family. Where to begin with memories......We were buds going back to 4 grade hanging out on the playground listening to music and getting in trouble with the noon aides. There were the countless football games, wrestling meets, summer baseball and sleepovers at Meyers. I'll never foget as we grew older cruising up and down 4th street in the red Dodge D-50, going to Ice fishing shack and running around places that we shouldn't have at that age. We lived life to the fullest in our teens! What a blast!!! I'll also never forget the friday night before my wedding when Greg Swanson and I dropped in you in Zumbrota. Karen was so peaved! LOL! We had a great time nontheless! We drifted after that as som many friends do but we still talked a few times a year. I could go on and on and on with many more stories. You were the best! I'll miss you George. Thank you for being a blessing in the early years of my life! Daryl
I am very sorry for your loss! I went to high school with George. He was a very kind and good person.