Richard Charles Dodge, 77, of Titusville FL passed away on October 8 2018 of lung cancer in his beloved sunroom at home, surrounded by his family.
He was born August 14 1941 in Randolph VT to Forrest and Hazel (Glines) Dodge, the second of four children. After serving in the US Navy aboard the destroyer tender USS Cascade, he began a career at IBM in Essex VT which stretched to 35 years until he retired as a Senior Engineer. Following this initial retirement, he and Mikki began leading RV tours and rallies for WIT (Winnebago Itasca Travelers), which evolved into a job with Winnebago as the Eastern WIT Rep. Serving his local community was important to Dick throughout his life, and he served as an EMT with Essex Rescue from it's earliest days in Essex Junction VT, also serving with National Ski Patrol at Smugglers' Notch and Bolton Valley ski areas, eventually earning an NSP National Number appointment. Spring weekends often meant maple sugaring with his family at his father's farm in Grand Isle VT, and many summers were spent sailing his O'Day 27 "Sitzmark" out of Malletts Bay Boat Club on Lake Champlain (before he traded boats for land yachts from Winnebago).
He is survived by his wife Marcia "Mikki" Dodge of Titusville FL; daughter Lori Lavallee and her husband Craig Dubois of Milton VT; two sons from his prior marriage to the late Conchita Gomez Dodge, Douglas Dodge and his wife Heather of Essex VT, and Ricardo Dodge of Essex VT; granddaughter Kendra Lavallee of Essex VT; and his siblings, brother Lewie Dodge and his wife Martha of Rawlins WY, sister Lois Woodard and her husband Mike of Dillon MT, and brother Dennis Dodge and his wife Sara of Toccoa GA.
A service will be held at 3pm on Friday October 13 at The Great Outdoors Community Church in Titusville FL, with a service in Vermont to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Cancer Society would be appreciated. The family would also like to give a special thank you to the various nurses and hospice care workers from Health First who made his final weeks more enjoyable.