Charles Rembert Hodges, 86, a patent examiner in the U.S. Patent Office for more than 30 years and a native of Washington, died Saturday in Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, Md., of complications following a stroke.

Mr. Hodges was a graduate of Technical High School here. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Cornell University in 1914.During World War I, he served in the Army coast artillery as a lieutenant. He then worked for a steel company in Pittsburgh.

With the Great Depression deepending, he returned to Washington and joined the Patent Office in 1932. He studied at the old National Law School at night and graduated with a degree with honors and a master's in patent law in 1939.He continued as a patent examiner until his retirement in 1961.

Mr. Hodge received a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Commerce Department, of which the Patent Office is a part, upon his retirement. He had lived in Frederick in recent years.

His wife, Frances Falconer Hodges, died in 1970.

Survivors include three children, Sydnor F. Hodges, of Washington, Mrs. William Proxmire, of Washington and Madison, Wis., and Shirley Hodges, of Tempe, Ariz., nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Organ Fund, Christ Congregational Church, 9525 Collesville Rd., Silver Spring.