Sunday, May 4, 2003


John F. 'Jack' Hodge Jr., entrepreneur

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

John F. "Jack" Hodge Jr. died Thursday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center South in Edgewood. The Erlanger resident was 65.

He was born in 1938 to John F. Hodge Sr. and Hazel Hodge of Covington. He was the oldest of eight siblings and graduated from Holy Cross High School in Covington in 1956. In 1962, he married Carol Schreiber of Villa Hills.

In 1966, Mr. Hodge and Michael Mangeot started Commercial Masonry in Covington. They were joined by another partner, Michael Ruh, and founded Century Construction in Covington in 1968. The business moved to Erlanger in 1984.

"Jack was a self-made man and hard worker. With his two partners, he started Century Construction on a shoestring and led it to success for over 35 years," said his son, John Hodge of Villa Hills.

"He was very loyal and generous to his family and friends," said John Hodge. "Jack was gruff and loud-voiced, but his exterior hid a big and generous heart. He was honest and fair in his business dealings and honored his commitments to his clients."

Mr. Hodge was a former board member of the Northern Kentucky Association for the Mentally Retarded (now The Point-ARC of N.Ky.).

In addition to his son, John, and wife, Carol, survivors include sons James of Lovelock, Nev., and David of Hebron; three brothers, Louis of Fort Wright, Eugene of Florence and Steve of Morningview; four sisters, Carol Mae Minogue of Amelia Island, Fla., Elaine Hodge of Prescott, Ariz., Peggy Smith of South Port, N.C., and Vivia Smith of Hendersonville, Tenn; and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday at Linnemann Funeral Home, 30 Commonwealth Ave., Erlanger. A Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs, with burial in St. John's Cemetery in Fort Mitchell.


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