Walter Alvin Dodson, 71, a lifetime Marshall County resident who lived for the past 13 years at 310 Skylane Drive, Plymouth, has died.
Walter, who had a cancer-related illness for the past several years, died at 9:20 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2000, in Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home, 222 Parkview St., Plymouth.
Born at home in Plymouth on June 15, 1928, Walter was the son of George W. and Olive Schroeder Dodson. He played football, ran track and was in the Marshall County 4-H club. He graduated from Plymouth High School in the class of 1946.
A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Walter served in the United States Navy as a Machinist Mate, 3rd Class aboard the aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt.
A truck driver for many years with B & L Trucking of Albany, Ind., Walter retired in 1985. Known for his love of quarter horses, for years he trained and raised them. He most recently worked as a mechanic with Gas America.
A man of few words, Walter really enjoyed people and coffee with his friends. He loved children especially his nieces and nephews.
He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. # 1162 and for many years served in the Marshall County Sheriff’s Posse.
Walter is survived by five brothers: Robert Dodson, Bremen, Ind., Keith and Betty Dodson and Glen and Connie Dodson, all of Bourbon, Ind., Dale Dodson, Argos, Ind., and Ronald and Lynn Dodson, Plymouth, Ind.
Four sisters survive as well. They are: Margaret and Larry Roahrig, Plymouth, Ind., Marilyn and Harvey Bartsch and Janice Dodson, all of Middleton, Wis., Rita Dodson, Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Gladys Dodson, a sister-in-law, of Plymouth, together with several nieces and nephews.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Dodson, an adult brother and three infant siblings: Earl, Edith and Baby Boy Dodson.
Friends are invited to visit with his family on Wednesday, May 3, 2000, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
The Rev. Robert Vardaman, senior pastor of the Plymouth Wesleyan Church, will conduct the funeral on Thursday, May 4, 2000, at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.
Special graveside rites with full military honors will be accorded to Walter by the V.F.W. Post #1162. Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts in Walter’s memory may be made to the Marshall County Cancer Association.