John Lansing Dodge

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John Lansing Dodge ScotiaJohn Lansing Dodge of Scotia, New York, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2013 at the age of 90. He was born to Edna (nee Lansing) and John W. Dodge on February 2, 1923 in New York City. He grew up in Scotia and spent summers on his uncle's farm in Verona, New York. He graduated from Scotia High School and was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the Army with General Eisenhower. John traveled with Eisenhower's entourage installing the General's telephones. He loved to tell the story of how he put his feet up on Eisenhower's desk and smoked one of his Chesterfields. He owned his own business, a gas station in Oneida, before starting his career at General Electric, from where he retired in 1983. He married the love of his life, Anna (nee Terwilliger) on December 26, 1976. In retirement, they traveled the world together. John became a Christian and studied to be a lay minister. He pastored two churches in Fultonham and Livingstonville, driving for hours on Sunday to conduct services at both. He volunteered for many years as Chaplain in the Pastoral Care Program at both Ellis and St. Clare's. He continued to deliver copies of The Daily Bread to churches and friends up until his hospitalization. John loved to tinker and made lovely wind chimes out of forks and spoons. He repaired lawn mowers for neighbors until his sight deteriorated. His display of Christmas lights and Annual Tree Lighting on the first Sunday of Advent with his beloved neighbors and dear friends, Pam, Brian and Brianna Fitzgerald, was always well attended and often recognized in the Gazette newspaper. John devoted his waning years to caring for his wife, Anna. Largely by himself, he prepared meals, maintained the house and took Anna to exercise and on walks. When he could no longer see to drive, he directed Anna behind the wheel. When she could no longer drive, he bought them both electric scooters. They could often be seen cruising the neighborhood on their electric seats. They loved the Turf Tavern where they could be seen nearly every Wednesday with his son-in-law, Ron. John and Anna survived the 2011 Irene flood when grandson, Tom restored their home in record time. He was blessed with wonderful neighbors who helped out more than anyone knows. John was predeceased by his parents; his son, Thomas W. Dodge, in 1967; and a sister, Ruth Barber. His former wife and the mother of his children, Dolores Dodge, passed away in April of this year. He is survived by his wife, Anna; daughters, Audrey (Ron) Osterlitz and Gail (Jack) Shakeshaft; sons, John W. (Jeanne) and Sheldon; brother, Henry Hank Dodge; sister, Electa Utermark; grandchildren, Thomas A. (Sandy) Thorne, Lisa M. Thorne (Robert Damore), Shelley Gail Avila (Andy), Lance Corporal John C. Shakeshaft Jr., USMC, and Nathan and Cary Stevens; great-grandchildren, Thomas J. (Milan) Thorne, Bryan and Shelby Horn, Logan Peek and Jordan Damore; and dear friends and neighbors, the Fitzgeralds and Ray and Cindi Hildenbrand. The family would like to thank Dr. Syed and the nurses of C-1 at Ellis, especially Martha, for their care during his stay. John made an anatomical gift to Albany Medical College. Calling hours will be Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with a brief prayer service at 11 at Bekkering-Ellis Funeral Home in Scotia. Memorial contributions can be made to The Salvation Army, 222 Lafayette Street, Schenectady, New York 12305, or RBC Ministries, PO Box 266, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49501-0266, publisher of The Daily Bread.

Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2013
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