Cheney O. Dodge (1927 - 2013)

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  • "Rest in peace, Cheney. Give my dad a hard time for me."
    - Stacy (Covey) Wilson
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ORANGE - Cheney O. Dodge, 86, of Chestnut Hill Road, died early Saturday morning, October 26, 2013 at home following an illness, with family at his side.
Born in Orange on May 31, 1927, he was a son of Percy Sr. and Ina (Stacy) Dodge and grew up in Orange and attended the New Salem Academy.
On September 26, 1945, Cheney enlisted into the United States Navy and served during World War Two. He was honorably discharged on July 6, 1946.
On July 22, 1952, he enlisted gain, this time in the United States Army, and served during the Korean Conflict before being honorably discharged on June 30, 1954.
In 1958, Cheney married Sally (Center) and they have enjoyed over 55 years together living on Chestnut Hill where they raised their family.
Cheney worked for the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Game, now known as the Department of Conservation and Resources, for more then 35 years, retiring in 2001 from a job he absolutely enjoyed.
He was a member of the Orange American Legion Post #172 and the National Rifle Association.
Cheney had enjoyed playing the accordion, woodworking, drawing but most of he liked to be outside and enjoying nature.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Sally Dodge of Orange; a daughter, Robin Taupier and her husband, John, of Orange; a son, James Dodge of West Springfield; a step granddaughter, Amy Cernak and her husband, Scott, of Whately; a brother, Thomas Dodge and his companion, Virginia "Ginny" Cogswell, of Orange; and many nephews and nieces.
Cheney was predeceased by two brothers, Percy Dodge Jr. in 2001 and Richard Dodge in 1985, as well as two sisters, Evelyn Dodge in 2007 and Helen Marz in 1997.
There are no calling hours.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Holtshire Cemetery, corner of Holtshire and Chestnut Hill Roads, Orange, with the Rev. Dr. Megan Leary of the Orange Central Congregational Church officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Bird of Prey Rehabilitation, c/o Tom Ricardi, North Poland Road, Conway, MA 01341
Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is directing the arrangements.
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Published in The Recorder on Oct. 28, 2013
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