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DODGE, Robert Whitmore Age 89 of Hendersonville, passed away September 8, 2013 from complications resulting from a fall last summer. He was the second of three sons born to Adiel Marvin Dodge and Ruth Beazley Dodge. He served his country during World War II as a waist gunner on a B-17 bomber stationed in England with the 487th and 493rd bomb groups of the 8th Army Air corp. flying 33 missions over Nazi occupied Germany. He also was a recipient of the Good Conduct medal and Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters. After his service in the war he worked for LB Smith aircraft in Miami as an upholsterer on private jet interiors. Bob married Martha Marie Allen in Miami Florida on October 1, 1950 and they were the parents of 5 children. He then moved to Kansas City, MO in 1967 and went to work for Trans World Airlines doing sheet metal work. He retired in 1985. Preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Marvin Dodge and Bill Dodge; infant daughter, Margery Dodge. Survivors include Martha, his wife of 63 years; daughters, Marion Bellows (Jeff), Susan Higgins (Doug); son, Robert W. Dodge Jr.; and daughter, Jennifer Poole (Mark); ten grandchildren; three great-grandsons; two nephews; cousin, Margaret Cayce. Bob was a hardworking, generous, funny and kindhearted man who loved his family most of all. He will be sorely missed. Special thanks go to the staff at Elmcroft of Hendersonville, and Life Care Center of Old Hickory, John Painter and Dr. Thomas Miller for their care and support. A Life Celebration will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Crestview Funeral Home with burial to follow in Crestview Memory Gardens. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at CRESTVIEW FUNERAL HOME, 1623 Hwy. 109 North, Gallatin, TN 37066, 615-452-1943. crestviewfh.com.
Crestview Funeral Home & Memory Gardens
1620 Hwy. 109 North Gallatin, TN 37066
Published in The Tennessean on Sept. 13, 2013