Reid Donaldson Hodges was born in Lake Preston, S.D., on Sept. 5, 1952, to Howard D. Hodges and Joyce E. Hodges. He was baptized at the Congregational Church of Erwin on Oct. 5, 1952. Reid grew up on a farm near Erwin, S.D.
He attended school in Erwin thru 11th grade, then graduated from Lake Preston High School in 1971. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1976 from SDSU in Brookings, where he also met his future wife, Susan J. Waterbury.
Reid and Susan were married on Jan. 29, 1977, at Grace Lutheran church in Burke, S.D.
After their marriage Reid and Sue moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., where he began working as a Service Representative for Northwestern Bell. Two of their three children, Geoff and Amy, were born in Sioux Falls. In 1985, Reid and Sue moved to Omaha, Neb., where Reid held many different positions with USWest/Dex Media. In 1986, Bryan was born. Reid retired from Dex Media in 2012 and began working for the Omaha World Herald, where he retired in 2017.
Reid died Nov. 25, 2020, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Joyce, and his brother, Brett. He is survived by his wife, Susan; brothers, Neil and Scott; children, Geoff (Lori), Amy (Todd) Boyle and Bryan (Brittany); and grandchildren, Mason, Liliana, Tyson, Claire, Dane, Stella, Abby and Nolan. Reid will also be remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
Reid was a very involved with the church. He was an active member of Gethsemane Lutheran, where he held many positions of church leadership and faithfully served the Lord with countless hours of service.
Reid was a hardworking businessman, winning many awards and various trips to visit Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Europe and many different states.
Reid was soft spoken yet strong in his beliefs and faith. Reid would do anything for his family and friends and volunteered his time freely. Reid and Sue grew close to four foreign exchange students whom they hosted over the years, three from Germany - Katerina, Alex and Sandra and one from Indonesia - Sesilia.
He loved reading, doing trivia and crossword puzzles, was an avid sports fan, loved the Huskers and had a phenomenal memory for sports history. Reid was a wonderful, kind and caring person; he will be dearly missed by his family and friends.