Summer of 2014
Tolin W. "Nick" Hodgell
  • 78 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 18, 1937
  • Place of birth:
    Laramie, Wyoming, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 23, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Gig Harbor, Washington, United States
In Memory of Tolin "Nick" Hodgell

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Tolin "Nick" Hodgell, forever in our hearts.  We will love and miss him always.

Donations in Nick's name can be made to PanCAN, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, an organization that supports research, cures, patients and families affected by Pancreatic Cancer.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Mildred May on 23rd December 2015

"Nick has been a friend since childhood, his family living across the street from mine in Laramie and playing together around the neighborhood (when it was actually safe for kids).

We all attended the same church and the youth activities, including camp at Mountain Home

As a teenager he spent some summers working on the ranch during haying season (where I lived after marrying Irvin). He was quick learning everything and very dependable even at this age. He was asked to return to work each year he was available...not everyone was.

At one time when Nick was in the navy he and JerryAnn were stationed at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi. Since my family had moved to McAllen Texas (about 130 miles from there) our new families were able to visit each other. My sons remember the thrill of his being our guide around the station and even visiting the Admiral's office!

It has been our pleasure to have remained in contact and rejoicing with them when the girls were born.

Nick and Owen's parents lived here during some of their retirement and are buried here, giving us the opportunity to be their hosts and sharing sad as well as happy times.

I will add that my brother Chuck, who also left this world recently, would have been saddened by Nick's passing...they both are enjoying the Presence of God now.

Nick, JerryAnn and the entire family remain fondly in my memories and will be missed here too.

My heartfelt prayers and blessings are sent to all who loved him and may you be comforted in your loss, especially to you, JerryAnn, for I have walked this way as well.

Mildred (Millie) Brown May"

This tribute was added by Mary Hunt on 16th December 2015

"I have been blessed to know Nick for more than 50 years...ever since he and JerryAnn started dating.  I was a star-struck teenager and Nick was the first adult male I connected with outside of my family.  Despite my youth, Nick always treated me with respect and love.  He was much like the older brother I never had just as JerryAnn is the older sister I never had.  Knowing Nick and following the Hodgell's life and family has been a true blessing to my life.  Nick will be missed here on earth and is celebrated in Heaven!  May he rest in the arms of our loving Lord Jesus until we meet again!"

This tribute was added by Johnna Parker on 7th October 2015

"Dear Shannon,  I am so sorry to hear about your father.  I remember him from when we were growing up. He was always so kind, quiet and very tolerant.  Please know you and your family are in our prayers.  
Johnna Parker  John and Becky Tucker"

This tribute was added by Lorcan Bannon on 6th October 2015

"Dear Michelle, JerryAnn

Really sorry to hear about the passing of Nick - although I only met him a handful of times, his generosity and good nature stay with me to this day. I especially remember him organizing a tour of a most awesome US Navy Vessel when we visited the US. Thinking of you all at this time.

May he rest in peace,

Lorcan & Leona"

This tribute was added by Michelle Kelly on 6th October 2015

"Dear Michelle,
I am so saddened to hear you and your sisters have lost your father. When I think of Mr. Hodgell, I will always remember what an elegant gentleman he was. It was a pleasure to come to your house as we were growing up and watch the love and affection your parents had for each other and the three of you. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers but more importantly, a man of elegance is now in heaven watching over all of you and yours.
Kindest regards and with much respect,
Your old friend Peggy Sue"

This tribute was added by Daniel Ringle on 5th October 2015

"We came to know Nick personally, albeit, for a very short time.  It doesn't take long for a person's character to come to the surface and we quickly learned he was a man of admirable qualities.  He possessed spiritual depth, high intelligence, and a deep understanding of what the role of a husband and father should be and he took that very seriously.  But, along with the seriousness, came a genuine smile and chuckle when around family and friends he enjoyed. Our prayer is for his grandsons to emulate the character of their grandfather and for his daughters to rise up and call him blessed. Our prayers will continue for you, Jerry Ann as you begin this portion of your journey.  Psalm 30:5b "Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning."
As we join you as believers in what Christ did for us on the cross, we look forward to being with Nick one day in Heaven!"

This tribute was added by Connie Confer on 2nd October 2015

"Marion and I  were deeply saddened with the news of Nick's passing.  Although it was inevitable it is always difficult when that time comes. Nick was a loyal friend who was always there when we needed help.  We had deep respect for Nick's dedication to his family and his  church.  We especially respected him for his military service and love of country."

This tribute was added by Odion Okojie on 30th September 2015

"Dear Michelle,
I am so sorry to hear of your painful and terrible loss. I pray that your Dad's soul rests in the peace of Our Lord. I also pray that you and the rest of the famiy obtain God's mercy and grace and be comforted with the knowledge that as he journeys to Heaven he'll always be praying for you all. I'll keep him and all of you in my prayers.  Blessings always! Again, may his most gentle soul rest in peace forever. Odion."

This tribute was added by Telma Dorcey on 30th September 2015

"Dear Michelle,  My heart and prayers are with you and your family as you journey through the loss of your father.  A heart felt military salute to your father.  It is never easy to lose a loved one. Here is a poem that I want to share:

"When I die
If you need to weep
Cry for someone walking on the street beside you,
And when you need me,
Put your arms around others,
And give them what you need to give me
You can love me most by letting
Hands touch hands, and
Souls touch souls.
You can love me most by
Sharing your celebrations, and acts of kindness.
You can love me most by letting me live in your deeds
Remember what the word of God teaches:
Love doesn't die
People do.
So when all that's left of me is love
Give me away."

May God wrap his mantle of love around you and your family during this time of grieving and remembering.


Telma Dorcey"

This tribute was added by Lee Kaser on 29th September 2015

"A well-remembered classmate and friend.  I am hear he is gone but glad to hear he had a wonderful and successful life.

Lee Kaser"

This tribute was added by Ralph Hicks on 29th September 2015

"Well, I knew Nick WAY back in high school days in Laramie Wy.  We did a lot of ice skating at the rink in Laramie, competing with one another in Physics class (Dr. Condrey's class) to answer his questions before anyone else could - all the usual stuff high school kids did back then.  We, of course, lost close contact with one another as we grew up and left Laramie to pursue our lives.  We still maintained contact through Christmas cards/letters over these many years and I know Nick led a wonderful life with his family and all the traveling they did.  At the same age as he was I am reminded of my own vulnerability and I am sincerely thankful for his friendship in my life.

Ralph Hicks"

This tribute was added by Bill Darcy on 29th September 2015

"Very sorry to hear of your loss. Good memories of Tolin from Laramie High. So sorry I did not know he lived in Gig Harbor as my sister, Doris Nell Darcy (Rorem) LHS Class of '57 also lives there and we have visited many times. He rose to Navy Captain, Wow, I'm impressed. My nieces, Shawna and Shelly Rorem and Nephew, Mike Rorem."

This tribute was added by Wendi Delaney on 29th September 2015

"Such a gentleman and purest image of a respected military man. He was the strong father that his beautiful girls could always count, the devoted and dedicated husband, and proud grandpa. What a touching tribute to a very special man. I truly love all the wonderful Hodgell women Nick raised and married."

This tribute was added by Kerry Edwards on 29th September 2015

"Michelle, I am so sorry, our dads are our hearts, amazing loving strong men that love us unconditionally no matter what.. and your dad sounds just wonderful..... I was at St Charles Borromeo Church last night at a special mass with the retiring bishop and the "new" bishop.. and lit a candle for your dad and carried him in my heart all mass time.. he prays for us now... anything anywhere anytime my friend, love kee"

This tribute was added by Anna Lopiccolo on 29th September 2015

"It was a blessing these last several years to live nearby and get to spend time with Nick and JerryAnn, share Navy stories, and get to introduce Nick to our son, named after Nick's brother. Whenever I have mentioned Nick's passing to someone in the last several days, I inevitably say, "He was such a good man.""

This tribute was added by Don Daugherty on 28th September 2015

"I am proud to say that I knew Nick.  He was a good man, good father, good husband that worked hard to provide.  He will always be missed by his family but remember he will be smiling and watching over you!"

This tribute was added by Sherry Skarda on 28th September 2015

"The measure of Nick Hodgell is measured by the family he raised. His children and grandchildren are attributes to our society. I am proud to know Michelle and call her friend.
May you rest in the Lords precious hands.
Sherry Skarda"

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Ann Hodgell
Shannon Larsen
Jennifer Sivils
Michelle Kelly


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