Thursday, August 26, 2004

N.M. Hodapp, district manager

His hobby was doing magic act

By Rebecca Goodman
Enquirer staff writer

LOVELAND - Null Marcus "Mark" Hodapp, a retired district manager in charge of the Dayton and Cincinnati offices of the Allen-Bradley Co., died July 26 in Rockledge, Fla., from complications of pneumonia following surgery for a fractured hip.

The former Loveland and Middletown resident was 78. He was living in Cocoa Beach, Fla..

Mr. Hodapp was born in Dayton in 1925 to Judge Null M. Hodapp and LoRean DonnersbachHodapp. He served with the Navy during World War II and received a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1949.

He started his career with the Electric Controller & Manufacturing Co. and worked in New York City and Buffalo. He was transferred to Greater Cincinnati in the early 1950s when the company merged with the Square D Co. Mr. Hodapp lived in Middletown from then until he moved to Loveland in 1975.

In 1956, he joined Allen-Bradley (which was later bought by Rockwell International) and served as district manager until he retired in 1981.

Mr. Hodapp's hobby was magic. "He was especially adept with cards and sleight of hand," said his former wife, Elizabeth Y. Hodapp of Blue Ash.

He was a member of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He was also a member of the American Society of Electrical Engineers, the Masonic Verity Lodge and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Survivors include a son, Mark William Hodapp of Pleasanton, Calif.; two daughters, Susan Stuart of Indian Hill and Lynne Clark of Sugarland, Texas; a sister, Eleanor Heim of Cocoa Beach, and three grandchildren.

Services have been held. Mr. Hodapp's body was cremated and taken to Princeton, N.J., for committal.



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