Neal Dodge

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Neal Dodge of Palmetto, Florida, formerly of Chelsea and Burlington, Vermont, died December 28, 2013, at the Tidewell Hospice House in Ellenton, Fl. Neal was born in Randolph, Vermont, on October 25, 1932; the first child of Wallace C. and Gertrude (Larkin) Dodge. He attended school in Chelsea and went on to study at the University of Vermont. During the Korean War he joined the U. S. Navy and was stationed in Key West. Most of his working career was with the State of Vermont. Neal retired in 1990 as Fuel Consultant with the Agency of Human Services. He was one of a kind, a contrarian who enjoyed debates and ar-guments, even taking a side he did not believe in, and surprising people with his amazing insights. Neal and his wife Kathleen (Mahaney) Dodge, who married on April 1, 1967, had legendary arguments which worried others, but were over in a minute for them. Neal explored a variety of activities during his life: skiing, gardening, genealogy, 100cc motorcycle trips in New England, sailing, trail building, playing pool, volunteering in National Parks, picking up trash in his neighborhood, cross-country trips in his RV's and in recent years, trips on his 450cc motor scooter with Kath driving the Chinook motor home for their bed and breakfast. Although they di-vorced, Neal and his first wife, Lois (Campbell) Roy Call, learned to be friends through their mutual love for their children Debra and Greg. Neal enjoyed the innocent wisdom of children. In more recent years that was especially true with his nieces and nephews; he loved giving them another perspective on life to think about. When Neal couldn't visit with someone, he kept in touch with Post Cards. He wrote over 17,847 cards; all in fine print done with much precision. People commented that he could put more on a post card than most people could put in a letter. His contacts included family and old friends as well as friends made on the road and 7th cousins found through genealogical research. Neal treasured his connections with family and friends. For over 25 years, Neal and Kathy's south End Burlington home was the site of laughs, good times and many a spirited discussion as well as numerous kittens, cats, puppies, dogs and "Myr-tle" the snapping turtle. Neal was especially pleased that his cousin Will Dodge was able to recently acquire owner-ship of their longtime home. In the past year, following their diagnoses with cancer, Neal and Kath had many wonderful talks in which they recognized and reaffirmed their love for each other; concluding that their lives had been good; full of many great adventures and people. Neal is survived by his wife, Kathleen Dodge, his children: Debra Dodge and Gregory Roy, his siblings and their spouses: Lucille (Tim) Hoyt, Gary (Patti) Dodge, Dwayne (Donna) Roberts; Kathleen's siblings and their spouses: Bill (Pat) Mahaney, Eileen (Ed) Ramos; Aunt Marguerite Dodge, many nieces and nephews and cousins as well as extended family and friends. At Neal's request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers donations could be made in his memory to Tidewell Hospice. Please indicate Ellenton Hospice House on your donation and send it to: Tidewell Hospice East Manatee, 4151 37th St East, Palmetto, FL 34221 you may also consider donations to a .

Published in The Bradenton Herald on Jan. 12, 2014
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