Frank M. Hodge Sr., 72, a retired railroad engineer who was active in Masonic and church organizations, died Sunday in Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He had cancer.

Mr. Hodge was an engineer with the Baltimore & Ohio railroad for 28 years before retiring in 1971. Prior to that he had worked briefly for the Southern Railway.

He had been a member of the vestry of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hyattsville.

Mr. Hodge was a 48-year member of Anacostia Masonic Lodge No. 21. He belonged to the Scottish Rite Valley guard of Almas Temple.

He was a past patron of Electra Chapter No. 2 and an affiliate member of of Chillum Castle Chapter No. 115, both of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mr. Hodge was a native of Eagle Rock, N.C., and had lived in the Washington area since 1923.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Miranda Allen, of the home in Hyattsville; a son, Frank M. Jr., of Oxnard, Calif.; three daughters, Frances E. Gower, of Gaithersburg, Miranda Spates, of Frederick, Md., and Rebecca Wilson, of Silver Spring; a brother, James M., of Hyattsville, and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital, c/o Almas Temple, or to the Building Preservation Fund at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hyattsville.