Richard Dodge

August 26, 1923 - October 16, 2016
Grand Rapids, MI



Saturday, October 22, 2016
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
Blessed Sacrament Family Center
2230 diamond Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505


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Blessed Sacrament Church
2275 Diamond Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505


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Life Story / Obituary


Richard C. (Dick) Dodge, Sr. Age 93 of Grand Rapids passed away on Sunday October 16, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday October 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (Family Center 2233) Diamond Ave NE with Reverend Father George Darling as celebrant. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass at the Family Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mildred and Chester Dodge, and mother-in-law Rose and father-in-law Walter Zlotkowski, beloved daughter Mary Elizabeth Seward, brother Keith and sister-in-law Helen Dodge, brother Ronald Dodge, brother-in-law Duane Brunn, and brother-in-law Robert and sister-in-law Helen Zlotkowski, and many more in-laws, nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his loving cherished wife of 73 years, Lorraine and his children, Richard (Judy) Dodge, David (Carol) Dodge, Diane (Imants) Kreslins, Michael (Sue) Seward, Deborah O’Donnell, Julie (Bill) Jones, and Michael Dodge, his sister Bonnie Brunn, and sister-in-Law Margot Dodge, and many more family members.

Richard was blessed with seven children, 21 grandchildren, and 37 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, and family members.

Richard was born August 26, 1923 to Chester and Mildred Dodge of Grand Rapids. Dick received from his parents a deep tradition of family, which with Lorraine endured through joy, sorrow, sickness and death of a child. The Lord did give, every day of their lives, great meaning. In 1942, after graduating from Creston High School, he enlisted during WWII in the U.S. Navy. In December of 1945, upon discharge from service, he returned to Grand Rapids. In 1986, he retired from Steelcase, Inc..

From childhood school years and through his life he was blessed with talents and gifts that served him well to a life of love, faith and thanksgiving.

His favorite hymn, Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All, will be sung at his funeral Mass. Internment at Fairplains Cemetery, G.R., MI. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to his parish of Blessed Sacrament Church.