Robert Eugene Dodge(1925 - 2013)

Robert Eugene Dodge 1925 - 2013 Robert Eugene Dodge was born on November 27, 1925 and passed away peacefully at home on August 17, 2013. Robert Eugene Dodge was born to Eugene and Zella Dodge on November 27, 1925 in Long Beach CA. The Dodges moved to Shafter where Robert attended Rio Bravo Elementary, Jr. High and Shafter High School. From Nov. 26, 1943 to May 17, 1946 Robert served in the Army Air Corps. His specialty was with Airplane Armorer #911 and the 460th Fighter Squadron. He received his Aerial Gunner Badge on Feb. 24, 1945. Robert was awarded with many medals for his service as one of the Nation's finest. Upon returning home to Bakersfield, Robert received his Commercial Pilot License, and in 1952 he and his father bought a business (Acme Pipe and Salvage). In that same year he married the love of his life, Sharon. Robert and Sharon raised three children while he operated the family oil company in Maricopa, Ca. Robert was known as Bobby, Bob, Dad, Grandpa and Papa. He was a quiet man with many hobbies. He was an avid bodybuilder and a gun collector. He loved boating and "jeeping" with his family and enjoyed flying his airplane. He was very mechanical and could fix anything. Robert excelled at everything he set his mind to do. He was a man of integrity who worked hard all of his life. He was a devoted husband to Sharon for 60 years. He was a great Dad and Grandpa/Papa. Robert was a fine example of a dedicated, loyal and humble man. Robert was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Zella, his daughter CynDee, many friends and his favorite cat Pierre. He is survived by his wife Sharon, his son Bruce (Lori) Dodge, his son Randy (Julie) Dodge; six grandchildren, Trevin (Amy) Drew, Tawny (Ryan) Olsen, Shannon Dodge, Blake (Laura) Dodge, Hannah Dodge, and Konner Dodge; four great grandchildren Callie, Ashlyn, River and Sariah; And a very special family friend, Pamm Larson. Rest in Peace Bobby ... till we meet again! Military Honors are scheduled at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Bakersfield National Cemetery. No reception following. DOUGHTY-CALHOUN-O'MEARA

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Sept. 13 to Sept. 14, 2013