Burnett “Buck” Sanford Hodge, age 79, of Pingree Grove, IL, passed away on May 6, 2022. He was born July 20, 1942 in Evergreen Park, IL to his loving parents, Burnett and Virginia (née Hedrick) Hodge.

Buck met Judy DeMumbrum in high school, and they were married on May 26, 1962. Together they raised three children.

Buck joined the United States Navy in 1961, and served four years before being honorably discharged in 1965. He then worked for Motorola for 33 years.

Buck was an honest, hardworking man, and was quiet, gentle, and patient. He adored his family and was a caring and loving father. He enjoyed spending time with them, and to his children, he was the Best. Dad. Ever!

Buck loved music, especially country. He enjoyed singing and playing both guitar and saxophone. He was very creative and smart. He enjoyed woodworking and also working on computers. He also liked to golf occasionally, and watch movies.

His children fondly remember how he required at least four hugs per day. His daughter, Laura, loved when he would open up his jacket so she could slide her arms around his waist, and he would wrap the jacket around her for a wonderful hug.

Buck was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, David Hodge. He is survived by his wife, Judith Hodge; children, Laura (Benjamin) Hinkle, Christine (David) Stubbs, and Bradley (Judith Benson) Hodge; sister, Luana Livingston; grandchildren, Alicia (Joseph) Frederick, Emily (Lance) Altschul, Daniel Stubbs, Randall Stubbs, Abigale (Joshua) Stengler, Matthew Hodge, and Jacob Hodge; great-grandchildren, Ava Garciadelgado, Jaxon Altschul, James Stengler, and Annabelle Stengler.

Visitation will be 5:00pm to 9:00pm, with funeral service with full military honors at 7:00pm, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Pr. Kim Chapman will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via Zoom.us (Meeting ID: 811 9142 0136, Password: 934428).

A private interment will be at Lakewood Memorial Park, 30W730 U.S. Highway 20, Elgin, IL 60120.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Buck’s name to either Faith United Methodist Church, 325 S. Stott Street, Genoa, IL 60135, or Kindred Hospice, 85 W. Algonquin Road, Suite 100, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.

5 Replies to “Burnett “Buck” Sanford Hodge”

  1. I always admired Uncle Buck’s guitar playing and singing from when I was younger. Him and my Dad would play a bit together in the garage here and there. My Dad used to tell me “I’m a strummer, but he’s a picker….Buck can really play”. As I started to play the guitar a bit one time Uncle Buck showed me this little guitar ditty exercise for picking…..he was so fast and clean. I practiced and practiced and was so excited the next time he came over I ran up the stairs and grabbed my guitar to show him how much better I got :)….in reality I was not very good…ha ha. But he sat right there and took my Dad’s guitar and we played that little lick together….and he always encouraged me. Such a special memory to me…. I’m very sad………but glad his struggles are over and he is at peace. I Love You Uncle Buck…..give Mom and Dad a big big hug when you see them.

  2. Judy, I was so sorry to hear about Buck’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. As hard as this is, it’s s been a long battle & Buck is now finally at peace. May he enjoy after life a healthy man, until you meet again!!

  3. In my 72 years, I have never known any person more generous, kind or good-natured than Buck. He possessed an incredible ability to focus and reason. He had incomparable patience. When times were difficult for me, he always welcomed me in his home without questions or judgement. He fixed countless things that I broke, and demonstrated a positive father-figure to me when I had none. He went out late on stormy nights to help me when I was in trouble, and he flew half-way across the country to get in a car and drive with me back to Illinois. He did those things and countless others while asking or expecting nothing in return. He did it because of his deep love for Judy and for his family and simply because he was just a wonderful, unselfish person. The world isn’t the same without him.

  4. Barry and I are thinking of you, Judy, and your family. We grieve for the loss of Buck from our faith family. We cherish his sharing of his music with us.

  5. Buck was a great and loving family man. I recall his singing to our senior Bible study class whom many in the class remember him We had little chance for contact over the years, but when we were together he was kind, happy and fun to be around. I know he is singing as he walks the streets of gold. Don De Mumbrum

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these <abbr title="HyperText Markup Language">HTML</abbr> tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>