On Wednesday 11/28, our dear family member, Bruce Hodess, born 8/8/43, peacefully passed away in his sleep. He was preceded in death by his parents Morris and Frances Hodess of Oak Park Michigan.
Fifteen years ago, after many visits to Montana, Bruce decided to join his daughter, granddaughter and son in-law and make Helena Montana his home.
Bruce is survived by his beloved sister, Sandra Hodess of Oak Park, Michigan, his daughter Arwen Cochran of Twin Bridges, granddaughter Sarah Cochran of Bozeman, his son in-law Reuben, and extended family in Detroit and Canada.
Bruce was a vibrant, fun and funny man. He loved engaging in banter and had a quick wit. He served the Helena community by volunteering for many organizations. He was an active member of the Lewis & Clark chapter of the Audubon Society and greatly enjoyed the annual Christmas bird count.
Well educated, Bruce was a substitute teacher for the past 8 years and was a favorite sub of many children in town.
He came to Helena via Maryland where he worked at and retired from the Smithsonian. Moving to wild Montana, he exhibited an extensive knowledge of birds, fauna and wildlife. Provide him with a characteristic of a bird and he could identify it sight unseen.
Some of his fondest time spent was attending SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) history events with Arwen and Sarah. They learned about medieval history, camped, feasted and laughed with their friends from all over Montana, Idaho and Utah. He was especially popular at events as he always had a smile on his face and a corny joke to share.
Bruce was a fun man, he will be missed.
A funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N Montana Ave in Helena. A burial will take place immediately after the service at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Helena. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, by visiting https://www.cancer.org/. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or share a memory of Bruce.