Hunting and Shooting World Loses A Valuable Advocate
By Rebecca Jones
The hunting and shooting world lost an important supporter with the passing of 84 year old Robert Eltinge “Bob” Hodgdon on Saturday, January 14, 2023.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Bob Hodgdon was extremely active in his hometown community. Mr. Hodgdon attended Baker Community College before graduating from the University of Kansas in 1961. Bob also served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserves from 1957-1961.
Mr. Hodgdon was a loving father of four, grandfather to 11, and great-grandfather to eight. His personal and professional life were both intertwined with the Hodgdon Powder Company, which his parents founded in 1947.
Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of American hunters and shooters have shot Hodgdon powder at one time or another over the last several decades.
From his early years, Bob and his brother J.B. both participated in company activities. During his over 70 years of involvement in the family business, Bob served in many positions, including President from 1976-1997 and Board Chairman from 2014-2017. Mr. Hodgdon was voted as Board Chairman Emeritus in 2017.
Among his many notable accomplishments, Bob Hodgdon assisted with the design and was the leader of the team constructing the Pyrodex Plant in Herington, Kansas in 1979, and