1968 – 2014

ROXBURY — Retired Master Sgt. Archie James Hodsdon, 45, of Roxbury, died unexpectedly at the Togus VA Hospital in Augusta on Saturday, June 28, after a short, unknown battle with lung cancer. Gulf War Syndrome is a real disease that many of our veterans are still struggling with. Please do not forget the sacrifices made by Archie in the Persian Gulf and Iraq nor other veterans who were and still are being exposed to chemical weapons during Desert Storm and other conflicts.

He was born in Rumford, Aug. 9, 1968, the second-eldest son of Roscoe and Lorrie (Jones) Hodsdon. He proudly served our country for 23 years in the United States Air Force.

Archie was married in Nokomis, Fla., on June 2, 2001, to Amy Younce, who survives in Roxbury. He is also survived by his former wife, Anjanette Sutherland, of Flower Mound, Texas.

Other survivors include his five children, Garrett (22) and Shelby (20) of Texas, Joshua (12), Sylvia (7), and James ( 4), of Roxbury; his parents, Lorrie (Jones) Hodsdon and Ret. Master Sgt. Roscoe Hodsdon of Roxbury; his in-laws, Michael and Pamela Younce of West Milton, Ohio, and Nancy Kinsey of Tampa, Fla.; brothers, Chief Roy Hodsdon and his wife, Renee, of Roxbury, Ray Hodsdon of Roxbury; sister-in-law, Karen Hodsdon of Mexico; his special friend, protégé and brother-in-law, Master Sgt. Joshua Younce and his wife, Kim of Carlisle, Ohio; sister-in-law, Nicole Alsobrooks and her husband, Mark, of Union, Ohio; sister-in-law, Gina Hawkins and her husband, Mark, of Fletcher, Ohio; his uncles, Butch Jones and his wife, Shirley, of Richmond, Texas, Steve Jones of Byron; and his aunt, Karen Hodsdon of Roxbury.

He was predeceased by his older brother, Donald Hodsdon; his Nan, Dottie Hosie; and brother-in-law, Aaron Gallimore.

He is also survived by a plethora of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he positively impacted, especially his special aunts, “The Sistas” and Uncle Danny and Auntie Pam Bulger and the Maifields, his second family.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Tavia Darling, our ministering angel, the staff, nurses and doctors at the VA hospital. Archie would want everyone to know that some of what you are hearing in the news is not true or a real depiction of what goes on at the VA. They are amazing and truly a blessing to all veterans and especially our family over the past month while we lived at Togus.

Because the government will take so long to process the benefits that the Hodsdon family is entitled to, those who desire may contribute to Archie’s Children Fund, c/o Amy Hodsdon, P.O. Box 99, Roxbury, ME 04275, in his memory.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family by visiting their guestbook at www.SGThibaultFuneralHome.com.

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