Harry Dennis Hodgson

Harry D. Hodgson, age 79, of Fraser, Michigan, passed away on February 8th, 2023. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Harry’s Tribute wall at detroitcremationsociety.com.

Harry is survived by his beloved wife; Sandra Hodgson, his brother; Edward and wife Kathleen Hodgson.

No services are scheduled at this time but there will be a Celebration of Life sometime this spring after he is interred at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

Harry Dennis Hodgson was born on February 19th, 1943, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore and Isabelle (Yuhaus) Hodgson. After graduating from St. Philip Neri High School in 1961 he joined the U.S. Air Force and served from 1962 to 1966. He then obtained a bachelor’s degree at Lawrence Institute of Technology and had a full career with GM and EDS as a computer technician and operator at the GM Tech Center before retiring. He was a long-time resident of Fraser, Michigan. He got his private pilot’s license and he and his brother Ed flew their planes for years out of McKinley Airport until it was closed down. He was an active member of the Baumgartner House Museum and Fraser Depot and also realized his boyhood dream of operating a diesel locomotive as a member of the Michigan Transit Museum in Mt Clemens.

Harry’s obituary was written by his loving family.


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  1. Nancy N Ehrke on February 21, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    So sorry to hear that Harry has passed away. He was such a great addition to our Fraser Historical Commission. He helped us out so often. He was quite the handyman! We will certainly miss him.

  2. Cindi Greenia on February 22, 2023 at 7:51 am

    So very sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. He was always very kind to me as a part of the Historical Commission. Prayers for his family and friends. He will be missed!


  3. Max Bozarth on March 1, 2023 at 7:19 pm

    Harry was such a friendly and supportive friend during my time with MTM. I honestly grew up a bit around him, always chatting the day away when we had free time running trains. He always told me he dreamed of running a locomotive and often (unknowingly) passed our same tracks in his youth. His incredible stories were endless, and they always cracked us up somewhere within their duration. We’re all going to miss you Harry <3

  4. Mike Morrow on March 1, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    Like Max, I’m also an MTM volunteer and worked with Harry. He was dedicated to the museum and its members and made things that much more enjoyable by his presence and helpfulness. May your train always be on time, Harry.

  5. Mike Washenko on March 1, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    So sorry about Harry, he was a good man and would go out of his way to help anyone if he thought he could. I remember when he first became a engineer that made our engineer crew Tom, Dick & Harry.

    He will be missed by everyone at the Michigan Transit Museum.

  6. Gary J Michaels on March 5, 2023 at 4:47 pm

    Harry Hodgson became an active member of the Michigan Transit Museum in April of 2007. He was soon a most valuable part of the train operating and maintenance crew. Over the years, Harry was voted in as a member of the Board of Directors, several times, before deciding to retire from that position, due to personal health concerns.
    Harry took it upon himself to consistently check on the status of the museum’s rolling stock in our West Yard, often without a partner.
    Harry was also well known as a great lover of animals and their well being. He would regularly leave food under a caboose for the neighborhood cats.
    Harry was well liked by all and we were all greatly concerned, when his overall health began to fail. However, Harry kept his actual afflictions a private manner. We were most Saddened to learn of his passing and look forward to a memorial service in the spring.
    Over the many decades of the Museum, we have seen all too many of our good friends exit this realm and pass along into the next stage of existence.
    On behalf of the members of the board of directors and the entire Michigan Transit Museum, we wish you a sad final farewell, until we meet again. We will all miss you.
    For the membership and the Board of Directors of the Michigan Transit Museum,
    Gary J Michaels
    Secretary and friend

  7. keith schafer (RED) on April 27, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    A very very good friend and neighbor, we went back many many years. Have a deserved rest Harry!

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