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William “Bill” Hodges
06/22/1930 — 01/04/2024
From Richland, WA | Born in Walla Walla, WAWatch Service Watch Graveside Service
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William “Bill” Hodges
Bill Hodges, age 93 of Richland, passed away on Jan. 4, 2024 surrounded by his family. Bill was born June 22, 1930 in Walla Walla, WA and lived there for his entire childhood. He made many lifelong friends in Walla Walla, who he continued to stay in touch with for his entire life.
Bill attended Eastern Washington University for a year before joining the U.S. Navy in 1950. During the Korean War he was proud to serve on the USS Missouri, the USS Iowa, and the USS Wisconsin, as a communications technician/cryptologist, interpreting Russian military communications traffic. He then moved to Richland, where he lived for 69 years. He worked at the Hanford site as a radiation monitor, and later as a Radiation Monitoring Supervisor. Bill worked at Hanford for over 35 years before taking an early retirement in 1989.
It was at Hanford where he met Doris Parthenay, his loving wife of 65 years. They were married in Vancouver, WA in 1957, and they lived in their Richland ranch house for their entire married lives. Bill and Doris loved and cherished each other and were great friends who rarely spent a day apart. They lovingly raised two daughters, whom they always supported and encouraged throughout their lives.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish, and never missed opening day of hunting season with his one of his beloved bird dogs at his side. He also greatly enjoyed camping and hiking with his family. He carved beautiful walking sticks for each of his grandchildren, with whom he especially loved camping, playing with, and telling stories to.
In their retirement years, Bill and Doris spent their winters at Lake Havasu, AZ, golfing, bass fishing, and socializing with many friends. It was here that Bill received his HAM radio license. It was through this hobby that he was able to meet and communicate with people from all over the world.
Over the last several years, Bill was blessed with the care of a wonderful caregiving and nursing staff from Caring Hearts Agency, who enabled him to live comfortably in his home with Doris. He dearly loved each and every one of his caregivers and thought of them as family.
During his last seven years, Bill had a special relationship with his dog, Molly. She provided comfort and companionship, and brought so much joy to his life.
Bill Hodges was preceded in death by his beloved wife Doris, their two infant baby boys Daniel Eugene and Robert Ray, his parents Howard and Inez Hodges, brother-in-law Jack Parthenay, and son-in-law Tim Quinn.
He is survived by his daughters Lori Quinn of Kennewick, Barbara Hazari (husband Tarun) of Mukilteo, WA, brother Richard Hodges (wife Jan) of Pasco, sister-in-law Luella Parthenay, of Vancouver, WA, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He also leaves behind his five adored grandchildren: Kaitlyn Quinn, Alex Quinn (fiancée Bailey), Jordan Hazari, Priya Hazari (husband Zach), Ben Hazari (wife Carlie), and dear great-children Jack Hazari and Eva Hazari.
Rosary will be on Saturday, January 13 at 10 am, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1111Stevens Dr. in Richland, WA.
Bill’s funeral mass will follow the rosary at 11:00am, also at Christ the King Catholic Church.
A reception will immediately follow the mass, at Christ the King.
Burial and military honors will be at 2pm at Einan’s Sunset Gardens at 915 Bypass Hwy (Swift Blvd. and Hwy 240) in Richland.
You may express your thoughts and memories in the online guest book at www.sunsetgardenstricities.com/obituaries
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your parents. Your dad was a big comfort to me when my dad passed. I enjoyed visiting with your mom also, her smile made me smile. May your memories of them stay with you and fill your heart.
Bill was such a light anytime he came into our office. I’m blessed to have known him.
Your dad was special to me. He was like my Washington dad. I thought a lot if him.
To the family of Bill Hodges:
I was honored to get to be Bill’s neighbor. When I heard him holler for me across the fence I came runnin! He was an awesome friend, and like everyone says, he made you feel special. He had a wonderful sense of humor. I’m so thankful for him and Doris, and all of the wonderful caregivers.
I wish you all so much peace, love, and comfort during this time.
Well for starters,Uncle Bill was great.
He was always so nice to me.
I remember all the good times i shared with him ,my dad and my brother Alex as we went on weekend camping trips to the Snake River for quail and pheasant hunting.
Those were special times and will always be cherished memories!
Well for starters, Uncle Bill was great. He was always so nice to me. I remember all the good times I shared with him, my dad and my brother Alex as we went on weekend camp outs on the Snake River, hunting for pheasant and quail. Those great times will be missed, but the memories I’ll cherish forever,,thanks Uncle Bill
It was such a blessing to care for Doris and Bill, they will live long in my heart. More recently I questioned whether we were caring for Bill, or if he was caring for us. He loved his family, friends and neighbors. It was a pleasure to have shared time with his loving family. Love and prayers for all of Bill’s loved ones. 🙏❤️
A smile that could light up a room! I’m so blessed & honored to have cared for Bill & his wife Doris. Getting to know Bill & becoming friends, I got to see what a great guy he was. I loved listening to his stories & going on outings with him. He was always so kind, fun & charismatic. Bill & Doris will always hold a special place in my heart. He will be missed by many. I’m so blessed to have been able to spend time with him & his family. My thoughts & prayers go out to his amazing daughters, Lorrie & Barb & to all the friends & family who loved Bill so much. 💐❤️🙏
To the Hodges family,
So sorry for your loss. Bill was well respected and favored as a boss at Pyrex in the 1980s.
An honor to have known him.
Bill and his family were such an inspiration to me during the two years I cared for him, they showed me what family is suppose to be, Bill became so much more than a patient and in many ways was more of a father to me then mine could ever be. I am blessed to have known him and will miss him dearly, he was truely was one of the good ones, they just don’t make them like that anymore! Fish On Mr. Bill! Sweet Doris by your side, now thats a beautiful picture 🥰
I will miss his great outdoor and fishing stories. He always ha a smile for everyone.
Words cannot describe what an honor it has been to call Bill a friend. I will forever cherish the time spent visiting and caring for him and his dear Doris.
His smile, jokes, stories, wisdom, laughter, and friendship will be missed.
Prayers for Lori, Barb, and the entire family during this period of grief. You were blessed with incredible parents.
Bill was one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met. His smile was warm and inviting which made him so approachable. His laugh made me want to hang around him even more, even when I had no idea what he was talking about like with fishing. He had a way of including you that was so comforting. I especially loved listening to him and my brother (Tim) talk about fishing which amazed me because Tim was not the fisherman type. Worms were not his thing. But Bill had this way about him that lured Tim in (pun intended) and he absolutely loved spending that time with Bill. I’m sure the cold brews enhanced the day on the water for them. This says so much about Bill’s character, warm, willing and inviting. Bill was truly one of the good guys on this earth. He will be missed greatly.
Bill was one of the coolest people I’ve ever met in my life. He had this smile that made him so approachable and easy to be around and talk to. His laugh was warm and inviting and made me feel included even if I had no idea what he was talking about. I loved listening to him and my brother (Tim) talk about fishing which Bill had introduced to him. He was definitely not the fisherman type before Bill, which says a ton about Bill’s character. He was absolutely one of the good guys on this earth and he will be missed.
Rest in Peace my dear cousin Bill!! I have sooo many fond memories of our visits to Walla Walla and some of the “adventures” we shared!! Love is Eternal
Cousin Shirley (Bates) Doumitt
Bill’s passing brings a sadness to all who knew this kind, gentle man. Bill had a humerous side that popped out and brought joy and much laughter , which will be missed. We witnessed his love and dedication to his wife, girls, and family . Lori and Barb we know you will miss him but know in your hearts and minds he is with your mom in heaven and watching over you and the kids daily.