Herman Hodde and Mildred Loman met as young teenagers at McLoud School. All the girls wanted to cruise around town in Herman’s bright yellow convertible. When his last girlfriend put her feet on his dashboard, Mildred was next in line. They dated for about three years and married at the pastor’s home in Shawnee on July 3, 1958.
One year later, they started a family when their first child was born; the second one followed 18 months later. Hermand worked at the McLoud Lumberyard, as a farm-hand for McKinley Farms, and later in the maintenance department at McLoud School. He retired from McLoud School after 39 years of service. Mildred worked at Nelson’s Café in McLoud for many years and retired from Tinker Air Force after 17 years of service.
The Hoddes are active members of First Baptist Church in McLoud.
Herman and Millie will celebrate their 55th anniversary this year. A reception will be held in their honor from 2 to 4 p.m., July 7, 2013, at the McLoud Community Building. The reception will be hosted by their sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Janet Hodde and kent and Wanda Hodde.
Their grandchildren are Candice and Jon Karas, Taylor Hodde, Caitlin Hodde, and Connor Hodde.
All friends are welcome to attend the reception, but no gifts are requested.