Ronald Dodge, 63

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Ronald E. Dodge, 63, of Mountain Home, died Monday, April 5, 2004.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 9, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mountain Home. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Summers Funeral Homes, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home.

He was born Dec. 18, 1940 at St. Luke's hospital in Boise to Esther and Earl Dodge, both of Mountain Home. Ron's great-grandfather David and his wife Jennie settled in Mountain Home in the late 1800s, starting a long family history in Mountain Home.

Ron was raised in Mountain Home and graduated from Mountain Home High School in 1959.

After graduation he went to work for his father at Wilson & Dodge Construction. Ten years later he bought the business from his father and ran a successful sand, gravel, excavation and redi-mix operation until his retirement in 1997.

Ron met his wife, Mary, in Glenns Ferry in 1958 on a blind date. They married June 15, 1960.

In his early years Ron loved to fly. Aeronica E was his first plane, and then he flew a Cessna 182, ending with a Cessna 210.

Ron also enjoyed snowmobiling on Bennett Mountain and riding his ATV around with his dog.

Ron loved to go to the hills and stay at the cabin that he and his family and friends built in Pine.

Ron loved to hunt deer, elk, and pheasants, and he loved his dogs. He spent time with his family boating, skiing and fishing.

"Ron was always good to all he knew," his family said. "Ron was proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by all who knew him."

He is survived by: his wife; a son, Wesly Eugene, and his wife, Teresa; a daughter, Rebecca Ann, and her husband, James Kigore; a son Jonathan Edward, and his wife, Janet, and an adopted daughter, Laura Roland all of Mountain Home; six grandchildren; one brother, William Dodge and his wife, Pat, of Seattle, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother and father, two brothers and three sisters.

Memorials may be made to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, P.O. Box 124, Mountain Home, ID 83647