Aug 19, 1938---Jan 14, 2023

Robert Eltinge “Bob” Hodgdon went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday January 14th, 2023. Bob was born in Kansas City, Kansas on August 19, 1938 to Bruce and Amy Hodgdon. Bob grew up in suburban Kansas City and was extremely active in his hometown community. He attended Baker University in Baldwin City, KS before graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Kansas in 1961. Bob also served in the United States Air Force and the Air Force Reserves from 1957-1961. 

Bob was a loving father to four – Chris (Adele) Hodgdon, Heidi (Erwin) Rodriguez, Stacie Larimore (Bryant) and Alisa Hodgdon – and he was grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather to 8.  

Bob’s personal and professional life was intertwined with the Hodgdon Powder Company his parents founded in 1947. From his earliest age, Bob and his brother J.B. were instrumental to company operations – Bob often told the story of weighing and loading gun powder into retail bags in the family basement.  Throughout his 70+ year career, Bob served in multiple positions at the company, but notably served as President from 1976-1997 and Board Chairman 2014-2017. He was voted as Board Chairman Emeritus in 2017. 

He also assisted with the design and lead the team constructing the Pyrodex Plant in Herington, Kansas in 1979 and helped to design and build The Bullet Hole, a 44-station indoor shooting range in 1967. 

In addition to his professional pursuits, Bob consistently invested his time and finances into his community. He served as volunteer to many civic organizations, such as Volunteers in Prison, Christian Sportsmen’s Fellowship, Cross International, Pastor Serve and the National Christian Foundation. Bob was also a member of the Westside Family Church in Lenexa, Kansas, where he served on the Pastor Advisory Team and leader of Divorce Care and Crown classes.  An important note, over his lifetime he supported nearly 450 ministries and community organizations with his time, talents and most definitely his treasures. 

Along with his work at the Hodgdon Powder Company, Bob was very active in the Hunting and Shooting industry. He served as board member for the National Rifle Association, a board member and trustee of the NRA Foundation, a founding member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a member of the Kansas State Rifle Association and a founding member of the Kansas Sportsmen’s Alliance. 

Bob was kind, generous and passionate about the causes he believed in and was devoted to. His leadership of the Hodgdon Powder Company, through some very difficult transitions, resulted in the company achieving a level of success that could not have been imagined by the previous generation. Many people benefited from Bob’s good works over the course of his lifetime, and he will be missed.

Visitation will be from 4-7:00 PM Friday, January 20, 2023 at Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia Drive, Lenexa, KS.  Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Westside Family Church with burial following at Old Monticello Cemetery in Shawnee, KS.  Memorial contributions may be made to Westside Family Church or National Shooting Sports Foundation



Condolences

Ron Mears Jan 15, 2023

Bob was a very kind and considerate man, always very kind to me and my family. Anyone that knew him a friend will miss him.....I will miss him.

Ron Kaluger Jan 15, 2023

Chris & family So sorry to hear about your father, no words can make easier but know this, he will never be gone as long as he remains in your minds and hearts… Good less you and your family in this time.. You friend Ron

Mark Pinkerton Jan 15, 2023

Brother in Christ ,Olathe ,Kansas

Having had the distinct privilege of meeting Bob just recently, I regret not meeting him earlier! My condolences to Chris and the rest of Bob’s family. So sorry for your loss!

Benji Mitchell Jan 15, 2023

Friend ,Wellsville ,Kansas

I know I didn’t spend a significant amount of time with or around Bob, but when I did get the opportunity to see him, he was kind and warm and loving. Love and sincere condolences to you all. He was a very good family man, as evidenced by his wonderful children and family. May you all find comfort in knowing others thought what you were so very fortunate to know to be true.

John J. Hayward III Jan 15, 2023

A fellow man of Christ ,Cresco ,Iowa

My sincere condolences to the family. Through Christ, you will meet again.

Jake Reese Jan 15, 2023

Friend and Mentor ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Bob was a true friend. You say you can tell a great man by how he treats a little man. Bob was a great man. He never let his success in this world take away from his calling to follow Jesus to love and serve others. Bob and I would meet for coffee and he always had great wisdom to impart along with the kindest eyes. I could see Jesus in Bob’s eyes. The last time we were able to meet Bob new it wouldn’t be long before He left this world. I asked Him how I could pray for Him. He said pray I can finish strong and all of my family and friends would come to know Jesus. Bob loved strawberry shakes from Chic A Filet and I’ll never forget His parting smile and generous heart for Jesus! Well done You good and faithful servant Bob! Jesus heard heard your prayer! You were dearly loved and will be missed! May the Lord comfort your family and all of them grieve in healthy ways in the days ahead. May the Lord’s peace and love fill you and surround you like never before.

Tod Land Jan 15, 2023

Bible Study with Chris ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Chris - Marlene and I want to offer our condolences to you and the Hodgdon family. I feel like I knew your dad via time spent with you and I am sure that he will be greatly missed. Tod & Marlene Land

Danny Muder Jan 15, 2023

Acquaintance ,BONNER SPRINGS ,Kansas

Met Bob several times first when I was in the board of directors for the Kansas State Rifle Association. Bob was genuinely interested about my career as a firefighter and pyrotechnician. What a gentleman he was I hope that your fond memories of Bob sustain you through this most difficult time. God bless and positive vibes.

AJ Garza Jan 15, 2023

Friend of Daughter ,Boerne ,Texas

My deepest condolences to the Hodgdon family.

Darla Zimmerman Jarmer Jan 15, 2023

Family friend ,Colby ,Kansas

Bob was a kind, loving man. His family and friends were Blessed to have him in their lives. He was always there to lend a hand to others. I met him through mutual relatives and he always had interesting stories to share. I Pray for comfort and peace for his loved ones.

The Grenier Family Jan 15, 2023

Friend ,Las Vegas ,Nevada

Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard but always near, so loved, so missed and always near.

John LaMarca Jan 16, 2023

Friend ,Queen Creek ,Arizona

Blessings of peace for the family of this great man. His legacy lives on through all of you.

Troy Snyder Jan 16, 2023

Friend of Family ,Olathe ,Kansas

While I did not know Bob directly, I have had the overwhelming privilege of knowing his brother - J.B. What I have experienced is a gentle man full of passion and kindness with a hunger to learn. I am confident that the two of you carefully looked out for one another your whole lives through. As a person of Faith, I am confident you will reunite one day, in your Father's arms. Angella & I are praying for you and Miss Anne in this season. Love to your family. Troy

luke otte Jan 16, 2023

Employee ,Shawnee ,Kansas

My sympathy for the hodgdon family. Bob was a kind , generous, loving man. He led by example always being humble and giving all glory to God. I will for ever be grateful for having known him.

Keith and Sue Herbert Jan 16, 2023

Friend and brother ,Abercarn UK

I've lost a wonderful friend. But I know I will meet him in the air when we are raised to glory on that last day. He's not suffering at all, he is where he has wanted to be since being born again more than 40 years ago. Thanks Chris for keeping me in the light as your dad progressed towards the ultimate goal of a genuine CHRIST LOVING PERSON. I am deeply humbled and massively honoured. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Love from Keith and Sue Herbert. UK ??????????????????????????????

A. Stephen Conte Jan 16, 2023

Friend to Chris ,Bethesda ,Maryland

Chris and Family, Losing anyone is difficult...losing a parent leaves an empty space in our hearts. As time passes, fill that space with the loving memories made during a full lifetime. He had a full life, a loving family, successes and even regrets...but he is remembered by many and that memory is a rich legacy. Be well and God bless.

Scott MacNaughton Jan 16, 2023

Friend ,Lander ,Wyoming

Bob’s faith in Jesus Christ and his faithfulness in stewarding God’s resources was an inspiration to me as we launched Fathers in the Field, an outdoor ministry to the fatherless. May Bob’s legacy of generosity and faith continue to inspire us all.

Jib & LeEtta Felter Jan 16, 2023

Friends ,Olathe ,Kansas

We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed. We first met Bob about 20 years ago when my youngest sister rented a house from him for a short while after she sold her home and the home she was building wasn't yet ready. Bob was kind and generous and a joy to know. He made the world a better place and will be missed. Praying for his family and those who loved him and are experiencing this loss. May the good memories be of comfort to you during this time of grief. Love, Jib & LeEtta Felter

Julie Ann Luci Jan 16, 2023

family friend ,San Diego ,California

Sending all my love and prayers to the Hodgdon Family during this difficult time. Bob, my "birthday buddy" and I have shared our birthday date for my entire life and he will alway hold a special place in my heart. Goodbye for now my birthday buddy. Love, Julie

Ed Becker Jan 16, 2023

Neighbor ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Best neighbor ever! Ill miss you Bob!

Stephen Graham Jan 16, 2023

I thank God for such a man.

John Boyce Jan 16, 2023

ACQUAINTANCE ,Lafayette ,Indiana

Rest In Peace Bob.

Mic McPherson Jan 16, 2023

Bob was far more important to far more people than any of us realize. He was a blessing to my family. May God give one and all in the extended Hodgdon family peace and grace in this difficult time. Bob is home. Mic

Greg Guido Jan 16, 2023

Customer ,Dallas ,Texas

I’ve know his daughter for years. And delt with the company and products. Never have I heard a bad things about this man. May he rest in peace. And please “Bob” say hello to my children. Xoxo

Michael Viser Jan 16, 2023

Acquaintance ,Olathe ,Kansas

Had the opportunity to meet Bob years ago for the first time and later enjoyed having lunch with him. I'm grateful for the time he made for me as well as his continued support of my efforts in India. He kept in contact over the years and always was one to give encouragement. He will be missed but excited for him because he's with Jesus and hearing "Well Done."

Maggie Jan 16, 2023

Fan ,Braselton ,Georgia

Glory to God in the Highest! Rest In Peace, Good and Faithful Servant.

Greg Fitzer Jan 17, 2023

Friend ,Zanesville ,Ohio

My deepest condolences to your family at the passing of your father. May the grace of God encompass you all roundabout during this time. You all will be in my prayers.

RAYMOND CURTIS Jan 17, 2023

N/A ,Sidney ,New York

My condolences to the HODGDON FAMILY

David & Dinah Wooddell Jan 17, 2023

Friend & ministry partner ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Our hearts and prayers to the family of this beloved and great man of God. I was en route with a milkshake when I heard the news of his homegoing. What an honor to serve the King with him for years and to be his friend. So glad he is with the Lover of his Soul today.

Curtis Jan 17, 2023

Friend ,Walterboro ,South Carolina

I'm truly sorry for your loss, may God lay his healing hand on the family through these trying times and praying God will comfort your family this day forward, sending love and prayers from South Carolina ????????????

Todd and Vicki Tiahrt Jan 17, 2023

Friend ,Goddard ,Kansas

We are so saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. What a wonderful human being, businessman and friend! KS, and indeed, America, have lost a great freedom loving son. Bob is already sorely missed.

Eugene Clough Jan 17, 2023

NRA ,Orange ,California

Truly sad to learn of his passing. He was a great man.

Jeff Knox Jan 17, 2023

Friend ,Tombstone ,Arizona

Very sad to hear of Bob's passing. He was a dear friend to me and my family. I've known Bob for over 40 years, and was blessed to have him with us in the wake of my father's death in 2005. Bob's encouragement, support, and sound advice, has helped me navigate the often treacherous, business and political waters I've encountered over the past 18 years. I had just been thinking about calling him to ask his advice on a difficult decision, when Chris called me with the sad news. But with the sadness, there is rejoicing, as Bob has gone on to his promised reward. He was an excellent example of what a Christian man is supposed to be; kind, generous, honest, loving, and fully comfortable in his faith and commitment. He was a good man and a good friend. I will miss his counsel, and join with his family in mourning his passing and celebrating his life. I know, as they do, that he has returned to the Father through the grace of Jesus Christ, and that we will one day be reunited. Thank you Bob. Until we meet again.

Brent Addis Jan 17, 2023

GODS SPEED ??????????

Terry Kilroy Jan 18, 2023

A kinder man I never met

Mike Clowers Jan 18, 2023

Friend ,Little Rock ,Arkansas

Bob was a friend I never met. Bob was a generous partner with my organization, Corporate Chaplains of America. He and I had scheduled a meeting last fall, but on the way to the airport, I became ill, and diverted to the ER. When I called Bob to explain and reschedule, he was so concerned about me. He even texted me a few days later to check on how I was doing. We were planning to visit in February. I'm grateful for my friend Bob and pray for the entire family. May God Himself comfort each and every one mourning the loss of a truly amazing man. Hebrews 6:10, m.

Debbie Wiglesworth Underwood Jan 18, 2023

Family friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

It has been quite some time since I have seen Bob. I will always remember his kind smile. May his life serve as an example to all that loved and knew him. My sincere sympathy to his family and friends that loved him so.

Jim and Jan Modic Jan 18, 2023

Friend of the family ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Bob was a Godly caring and gentle man. We know he is resting in peace.

Lowelland Cindy Young Jan 19, 2023

Business ,Plentywood ,Montana

Never got to know Bob well but doing business with Your company from 1981-2012 with the sports inc buying group can tell you was always a pleasure. Always dealing with Chris we could tell he had a great set of parents as he was always a pleasure to work with. Good people have great parents. Great Christian Great Businessman Great People. Our Condolences to the family and will always remember our dealings. Hi-Line Sports Plentywood and Wolf Point Montana

Gene Balloun Jan 19, 2023

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Fortunate is the person who some time during his life meets someone who has dedicated a life to helping and serving others. Bob was one of those rare people who care so much about those around them that they seem to ignore their own needs, and use all of their time, energy, caring and treasure as they help those in need. Bob dedicated his life to so many causes and individuals. I had the privilege of working with him in providing for a severely disabled child who belonged to friends who had passed away. Bob was devoted to seeing that he received the best possible care. And Bob's family follows in his service to others, as they now assume that role. Bless them. Rest well, Bob, in the hands of Jesus.

Derrell Sweem Jan 19, 2023

Friend ,Montecito ,California

I never met a nicer or kinder person than Bob Hodgdon and I offer my condolences to JB and the rest of his family.

Peg Gardner Jan 19, 2023

Family friend ,Nixa ,Missouri

My deepest condolences to the Hodgdon family. I have known Bob and the family for over 60 years. Bob was one of the nicest, fairest and generous gentleman I have ever known. He had a fantastic sense of humor. His passing will be a tremendous loss to everybody who knew him. What a blessing he was. Rest In Peace dear soul until we meet again. God speed.

Michael Blackwell Jan 19, 2023

Employee ,Olathe ,Kansas

My condolences to the family for the loss of a true pioneer. May God Bless. Michael

Ebenezer Samuel Jan 20, 2023

Chris’ Hodggdon’s friend in India ,Coimbatore

It is never a small thing to lose one’s dad who has been a role model and a great help! Praying for you brother as you deal with your sorrow.

Gene Zerwig Jan 20, 2023

Lake neighbor ,Springfield ,Missouri

Hodgdon Family, We are so very sorry for your loss! Some day we will all be reunited in heaven & what a great day that will be! Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers, Gene & Mandy Zerwig

Jack and Cindy South Jan 20, 2023

Friend of Stacy ,Eaton ,Colorado

Stacy. We send love and pray comfort from the Holy Spirit as you deal with the loss of your dad. We pray you find comfort in knowing that he now is with his Savior and at peace and filled with joy. Love Jack and Cindy South

Goran Hunjak Jan 20, 2023

Firend ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Bob was a loving, kind and godly man who lived for Gods kingdom. His great legacy that he left with his family is testimony of his life. I'm sorry for your loss. He is in the presence of his Savior and now waiting for us to finish our race strong and faithful just as he did.

Lloyd Wiede Jan 20, 2023

Friend ,Dallas ,Texas

Dear Hodgdon Family, On behalf of myself and His Voice Global, please accept our condolences and know that you are in our prayers. I first met Bob something like 8 years ago. We prayed together in his office after we discussed your family and his desire to invest some of the family business profits in Kingdom programs. Bob was special to me personally and he opened up a group of very special people to me in the KC area, especially in Lake Quivira. He will be missed. God bless you all as you celebrate Bob’s life and legacy. Lloyd Wiede

Erik Fish Jan 20, 2023

Friend ,Mesa ,Arizona

I’ve known Bob since my earliest years, growing up as a classmate and friend of Stacie. The last two decades, Bob was a constant source of encouragement to me and our ministry in so many ways. He was hilariously generous. I can’t remember being with him a single time over the years that I didn’t leave encouraged and wanting to walk more closely with Jesus. I’m grateful for the legacy he leaves and I smile when I think about him joyously walking in heaven now. I will miss him. Love and blessings to all his family. Erik

Patrick Wilcox Jan 20, 2023

Prayers and peace to the Hodgdon family. A wonderful family with solid principles, a true guiding light for so many. And certainly shaped to be so by a wonderful man. Rest in peace.

Bob & Patricia Stoneking Jan 21, 2023

Friend ,Bonner Springs ,Kansas

We are very sad to hear of Bob's passing. Bob was a great friend and mentor and a solid source of support. We'll see you again dear friend. While your earthly life may have come to an end your heavenly eternal life has only just begun. The Hodgdon family is in our thoughts and prayers.

John and janet woods Jan 21, 2023

Friends from the lake ,Kimberling city ,Missouri

To the Bob Hodgdon family. We send you all our love and Prayers for comfort. We have loved Bob For over 30 years at the lake And have shared so many moments Together talking about our Lord Jesus And laughing with such joy in our hearts. We know we will see Bob again soon. Lots of love and many hugs. John and Janet woods 20 cottage hill rd. Unit A Kimberling City MO 65686

Jean & Andrew Patterson Jan 21, 2023

We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Bob always had a smile on his face and was generous with his time. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. Godspeed Bob.

Jennifer Gordon Jan 22, 2023

I am one of the Fessler daughters ,Melbourne Beach ,Florida

Some of the sweetest memories growing up was time spent with the Hodgdon family. Bob was a huge part of our lives and was truly a blessing here on Earth. You will be greatly missed. Until we meet again. Thank you for everything you did for us.

Clarence Klekar Jan 22, 2023

Customer ,Luling ,Texas

My condolences to the Hodgdon family. I never met Mr. Bob Hodgdon but have been using his products for years. God Bless and Rest in Peace.

George & Laura Robinson Jan 23, 2023

None ,Plainfield ,Connecticut

My wife and I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the Hodgdon family during this difficult time. While we didn't know Mr Hodgdon personally, we applaud his dedication to his family, friends and community. We hope that the wonderful memories of the time spent with him will help you through this rough time. God bless you and your families.

David Stewart Jan 23, 2023

My Condolences to all the family and friends near and far.

George Pisani Jan 23, 2023

Acquaintance from long ago ,Lawrence ,Kansas

I just was told of Bob's passing. And like thousands of others, I am so sorry to learn this news. Bob was one of the finest people I've known, and so R.I.P., Bob-- a life well lived. My prayers go with you; and to Chris and the family, Peace and Good Memories. George Pisani Lawrence

Thomas Yu Jan 23, 2023

Prayers and condolences to your family in this difficult time.

Lance Wilson Jan 24, 2023

Condolences to family and friends... Take care.

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Services

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Westside Family Church
Address:
8500 Woodsonia Drive
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66227
Date:
Jan 20, 2023
Time:
4:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Service
Location:
Westside Family Church
Address:
8500 Woodsonia Drive
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66227
Date:
Jan 21, 2023
Time:
10:30 AM
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