Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Obituary: Ryan Timothy Hodges

Ryan Timothy Hodges, 26, of Baldwin City, KS passed way Saturday, August 12, 2017.  He was born August 1, 1991, in Chicago, Ill, the son of Tim Hodges and Lisa (Spannuth) Hodges.
Ryan grew up in the Chicago area specifically in Portage, Indiana for most of his school years. In 2010 Ryan moved with his family to Baldwin City where he graduated from Baldwin High School with the class of 2010.
Ryan attended Baker University after graduation for two years. After taking time off, he currently re-entered the academic world and was pursuing an Elementary Education Degree at Baker University. While at Baker he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He truly enjoyed his time in the fraternity, and his brothers had formed very close friendships with Ryan. He was also very active in choir, band, theater and the improv group, Loud Noises.
Ryan played bass for the Coal Creek Band. When the band played Credence Clearwater Revival, Ryan was able to show off his vocal skills as well as his bass skills. He could sing a pretty good John Fogerty. Ryan had a passion for music and was also a rabid Beatles fan.
Ryan worked for Helpers, Inc. in Lawrence. This job allowed Ryan to really thrive at what he did best, help others. His soft heart and kind soul was a perfect match for this work. He was also a para-professional at Southwest Middle School in Lawrence. This job showed him how important a role teachers play in the lives of young children and he was excited to join the teaching profession and make a difference in young lives.
Ryan was the family historian. He seemed to remember every detail about every event. He was one of the funniest people his family and friends knew and yet his soft heart never let his incredible sense of humor hurt anyone. He would never hurt anyone’s feelings in fact he often was there to help someone out of their discouraging moments. Ryan knew how to build people back up.
Ryan was also a foodie. He loved going out to eat, especially for sushi. And if the sushi, Mexican food or chili wasn’t spicy enough, he brought his own hot sauce.
Ryan is survived by his loving parents, Tim and Lisa Hodges, Baldwin City; his sister Meredith Hodges, Baldwin City; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Wendell and Eva Hodges and Warren and Billie Spannuth.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 18 at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. The family will greet friends for a visitation Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Baldwin City, KS. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Ryan Timothy Hodges Memorial Fund c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com

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