DODGE, ROBERT LIVINGSTON Born on July 2, 1921 in Newton, Massachusetts. When two years old, he moved from Nausaucket, Rhode Island to San Diego, California with his father Lewis H. Dodge and mother Annie Bailey (Gilmore). He grew up in the Kensington area, and graduated from Hoover High School. He served in the California Conservation Corp at Cuyamaca State Park. In WWII, he served in Europe with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B17 pilot, based in Thurleigh, England, the 306 Bomb Group. After war, he continued in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, attaining the rank of Colonel, counseling high school applicants to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Also, he was an officer with the San Diego Police Department, becoming a Police Sergeant and San Diego Court Police Liaison. He graduated from SDSU in 1975 with a degree in Vocational Arts. Robert was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church and then the Mission San Diego de Acala. He was an active member of Sons of the American Revolution, Military Order of the World Wars, and the Order of Daedalians. A founding member and Past President of the Dodge Family Association ( He served as Chairman of Congressional selection committee of U.S. Service Academy applicants, Congressman Duncan Hunter's office, and served as camp host, Trinity California State Park. Robert died in San Diego, November 18, 2012. Survived by his wife of 62 years, Hilda M. Dodge, his son Peter W. Dodge, daughters Marianne E. Zeigler, Patricia Dodge Simpkins, son-in-law William R. Zeigler and granddaughter, Lauren M. Wainscott. For memorial information, call 619-928-4221 or email: [email protected]

Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Nov. 22, 2012.
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I first met Col. Dodge in 1987, when I was a U.S. Customs Pilot at Naval Air Station North Island and my son was seeking a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy. It was during the meetings at Rep. Duncan Hunter's office, that Col. Dodge and I became fast friends. I feel so blessed to have been one of Col. Dodge's many friends. Our meetings, phone calls and emails meant so much to me. I am happy to report that both my son, Scott and daughter, Barbara, both graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992 and 1997 respectively and went on to wonderful Air Force careers. I know that Col. Dodge's inspiration went a long way with my kid's and many others. Col. Dodge's long and storied career as a WWII Air Force Pilot and as a San Diego Police Officer and later as an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer. I will always miss talking to or emailing with Col. Dodge. Another noble gentleman, brave warrior and aviator has flown west. I am deeply saddened by Col. Dodge's passing and ask that God bless Col. Dodge, Hilda, Peter and his entire family.
Peter Cardozo
November 3, 2016
Having just learned we are sad, but so joyful to know Col. Dodge for over 28 years. Our daughter Julie is serving in the USAF as a Lt. Col. having been nominated for the USAFA by Col. Dodge, his assistance in her career has been invaluable. Our affection for he and Hilda continues, they remain a part of our family.
marshall pilkington
December 21, 2012
Nancy Woodward
December 13, 2012
I too served with Col Dodge in the USAF Officer Admissions Program. Very much like my father, who was also a pilot in WWII, Bob was a good & honorable man, who I admired & respected. Like so many of his generation, he had the character and qualities of leadership that made this a better place. My condolences to his wife and family. I will miss him.

Joe Michel
Col, USAF, Ret
December 7, 2012
Who knew Sgt. Dodge had another life when I met him as a rookie cop in 1974? He was a great organizer of all the officers in his job as court liaison. It was nice to work many years later with son Peter and meet his daughter Marianne on the bus. So, as you can see, the Dodge Family was all over San Diego. I'm so sorry for your loss but happy he lived an exciting, long life. I'll never forget him coming to my retirement party in 2006. Who would have thought as a new cop in the 1970's Sgt. Dodge would later come to my retirement after my career in law enforcement of nearly 35 years. May his memory be eternal.
Janet Burgess
December 6, 2012
Dear Pete (& Dodge Family) ~
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your wonderful dad. He led such a fascinating, full and loving life; what a gift he has been (continues to be) for so many. May God's gracious love and peace fill your hearts at this time of tremendous sorrow.

Peace be with you, always.
Mary B.
Mary Barringer
December 5, 2012
Our dear Uncle Bob was an inspiration to all of the family and a very caring and special uncle to me. I am thankful for his unselfish service to our great country and love of family. Our prayer is for God to bless and comfort Hilda and family. Our love,
Margaret & Bob Williams
December 1, 2012
To Hilda and family...Uncle Bob will be remembered as a wondeful man who gave his all in love and deeds.He, shall be missed by all of us. His time in WW2, flying a B17.. he was indeed our hero.. his service then and later to our country was a mark for his love for our great country. For all that knew him...he changed their lives for the better. God Bless you, Uncle Bob..may you rest in peace
Ed and Betty Dodge
December 1, 2012
Scoutmaster Dodge was my Boy Scout Scoutmaster at Order of the Arrow events, and in particular for the World Scout Jamboree Troop in 1967. What an adventure for a 16 year old. A role model for a kid like myself with a steady demeanor and smoothing voice. I was able to visit with him, Hilda and Pete a few times in past years. What great memories. A delight. All the best to the family.
George Sorensen
November 30, 2012
It is going to take me a while to accept that Colonel Dodge is gone because for so many years he was a beacon of strength to me as he stood for all that is good in this world. Colonel Dodge's impeccable values and morals were recognized by anyone who knew him, and it is truly an honor for me to say that I knew a person of such caliber in my lifetime. Along those lines, tomorrow marks 22 years of service in the USAF for me, and I owe it all to Colonel Dodge's gracious help and mentorship over the past three decades. Colonel Dodge, I love you and I will miss you.
Joe A. Rivera
Lt Col., USAF
Joe Rivera
November 29, 2012
Patricia Simpkins
November 29, 2012
Colonel Dodge was one of our true American Heroes. His life is an example of a man who lived out his faith for all to see while he worked faithfully to uphold the principles that made America great. He will be missed by countless people whose lives he touched. We shall miss seeing him at VIP meetings. Our prayers are with you, Hilda, Peter, Pat, Marianne and family. The Lord will give you the strength to make it through these difficult days and will keep his memory alive for the rest of your lives.
Lynette Williams for Women Volunteers in Politics
November 27, 2012
Patricia Simpkins
November 25, 2012
November 25, 2012
45 years I have known him and in those years one thing always remainded the same, his smile-his gentleness, his devotation to his family and his loved ones. He was always there to "BEAR HUG" me hello and good bye. His Daughter Patty & I met in Jr High and have remained friends for 45 years. His kindness,and in my younger years my aweness of what a great Dad he was is still etched in my memories. I was so blessed to have known this truly remarkable man and to have him in my life. I am so grateful to have called him Papa and will continue to do so. His entire family are so wonderful each and everyone. I am so lucky to continue to have Patty and her family in my life. I am also so blessed to have had the chance to know and cared for this most kind,gentle,loving,giving, compassionate & honorable man I came to call Papa. I will miss you but will always have you in my heart.
Mary Holzer
November 24, 2012
Colonel Robert Dodge was an officer, a gentleman and much more. He was devoted to the U. S. Air Force and the admissions program to the Air Force Academy. He served in many capacities and remained a role model to those who entered the service. He will be sorely missed.
John W. Peters
Col., USAF, Ret.
John Peters
November 24, 2012
Uncle Bob was such a patriarch in the Dodge family. We were so sad to hear of his passing. He was a patriotic, caring man, truly one of a kind. His service to our country in various forms made him a real hero. We celebrate a live that was well lived. Our condolences to all of you.
Marcy/Royce Shields
November 23, 2012
Our kind, loving, and generous dear Uncle Bob will be greatly missed. Warm memories fill our minds of many times together. May God bless Hilda, Peter, Marianne, Patricia and their families with His peace.
With much love.....
Larry & Ginny Campbell
November 23, 2012
I want to send my sincerest sympathies to the whole Dodge family. I know how close you have always been as a family and how much you will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Sally DiVecchio
November 23, 2012
A true gentleman who walked through life helping others. I worked for him and him to be a most understanding supervisor. He worked for me as Our Court Liaison Officer and was held in very high regard by the Judges he interacted with. Just a plain wonderful man.
Bernie Swaim
November 23, 2012
I was a prosecutor in the City Attorney's Office 1973-76. As Court Liaison Bob came to our office to check the trial calendar and make sure that SDPD officers were able to appear in court. He often spent his lunch hours in our law library where many of us ate lunch. I recall Bob for his ready smile and the only lunch I ever saw him eat---homemade yogurt.
If the yogurt is part of the reason Bob lived to age 91, I'd like to learn how to make it!
Glenn Davis
November 23, 2012
Our deepest condolences to all of family. What a milestone to have been married for 62 years! I cannot imagine how much Robert will be missed. We are grateful for the legacy he left in defending our freedoms by his service in WWII, and his many years in public service in the police department. We pray that wonderful memories and comfort and peace from the heart of God will help you through your grieving.
Chaplain Stephen and Teresa Zachary
November 23, 2012
Hilda and family.....Bob and I worked together in law enforcement positions, but he also was held in high esteem in the military and got many fine men into the USAF....he also survived as an aviator in WWII, coming back from air raids over Germany, with his plane so shot up, it could hardly fly...He was a hero.....Last time I saw him, was when he invited me to dine with him, and you Hilda, at the officer's club at Ballast Point, several years ago. You have my deepest sympathy....George Reis
George Reis
November 23, 2012
A fine and Honorable man worthy of the highest praise from those who knew him.
Jim Sing
November 23, 2012
Bob was one of if not the finest man I ever met. What a woderful gentleman
Walter MacKenzie
November 23, 2012
So sorry to hear of your Dads passing! You will be in my prayers! My regards to your mom also!
Nancy Pleasants
November 22, 2012
It was a pleasure to know Robert during our short visit together. My thoughts are with him and his family during this time.
November 22, 2012
I met Colonel/Sergeant Dodge at SDPD He was a true gentleman and a real patriot. I feel privileged to have known him.
Tom Simonds
November 22, 2012
I was first introduced to Sgt Dodge while attending the Police Academy in 1968. Through the years he became a good friend and mentor. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by many.
Gary Stewart
November 22, 2012
Papa Dodge will be missed by many. He was instrumental in my career at San Diego Trust & Savings Bank. A father to me, a leader and just a great guy. I know he will be watching and guiding us until we meet again in heaven.
Anne Reynolds
November 22, 2012
So sorry to learn of Papa Dodge's passing. Sincere Condolences to the family.
Kay & Steve Tanner & Shaw
November 22, 2012
Col Robert Dodge was a mainstay of our local MOWW chapter. He was a great patriot and will be sorely missed.
Col Clark Kholos
November 22, 2012
A really good man who I had the pleasure to work with.
Winston Yetta
November 22, 2012
I never met Mr Dodge but listening to Bill Howell, he was everything one could want in a friend. I am certain he treasured your friendship as much as you did his right to
the end.
Rod Vandiver
November 22, 2012
A terrific guy always with a smile and great leader, he will truly be missed a real gentleman.
Bob Lampert
November 22, 2012
I will miss Bob and our Wednesday lunch times at the Miramar Officers Club will not be the same without him. He was a good friend and was deeply admired.
My condolences and sympathy to all family and friends.
Bud Smith
November 22, 2012
So sorry to learn of "Papa's" passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Shari Prather
November 22, 2012
Tony Flores
November 22, 2012
Very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Have an instinctive urge to always refer to him as "Colonel." Was privileged to have spent many hours with him at Rep Hunter's office and at Daedalians, etc. Always looked forward to his emails on world and defense affairs. He was a tremendous person and great American who left quite a legacy. The world is a lesser place without him. Hilda, our thoughts and prayers will be with you and the rest of the family.
Doug and EJ Sayers
November 22, 2012
November 22, 2012
Can't express how deeply "Sgt. Dodge" will be missed. He was a mentor-extreme, a great friend, and fun co-pilot. Know that he will not be forgotten by the men and women who's lives he helped to shape both personally and professionally on the Police Department and in the Armed Forces. Truly an American hero and I was proud to be counted as his friend.
Bill Howell
November 22, 2012
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