Theodore T Dodson Jr
Born: 2/16/1925, Smicksburg, Pennsylvnia
Ted was born February 16, 1925 in Smicksburg, Pennsylvania to parents Theodore Travis and Hannah Velma (Gahagan) Dodson. He had two brothers, Robert and William, one sister, Nancy (Martin) and two step-sisters, Marge (George) and Marion (Stilwell).
Ted graduated from Powell High School in Powell, Wyoming and joined the Army Air Force on December 8, 1943 where he became an Aviation Cadet. Upon his discharge on November 5, 1945, he attended Iowa State College to earn a degree in agriculture. He started his long career in the dairy industry with Meadow Gold Farms and was the plant manager for various dairies across the country including Wyoming, Utah, Washington and California. He loved Utah and upon his retirement returned to Ogden to be close to his family and friends and eventually moved to Moab to live with his caring daughter, Janet and her husband, Mac.
After returning from the service, Ted married the love of his life, a beautiful cadet nurse, Eleanor Jean Powell. They were married on December 4, 1945 and were soul mates for over 70 years. Together they raised four children: Jean (Leigh) Verley of Bullhead City, Arizona; Jim (Linda) of Casper, Wyoming; Janet (Mac) McLean of Moab, Utah; and Ken (Sandy) of West Jordan, Utah. They have nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren with one more great grandchild expected to arrive in September.
Ted loved to travel, visiting many of the National Parks and attending two World Fairs. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially the Moab area as well as fixing things, reading and playing croquet. He was active with his church and was a past Grand Master of the I.O.O.F. (Odd Fellows).
Ted was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert and his step-sister Marge.
He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday April 9th at the Community Church of Moab at 10:30 a.m. with interment at the Grand County Cemetery in Moab. The family has requested that donations, if desired, be made to the Community Church of Moab.
The family of Ted Dodson would like to give a special thank you to the doctors, nurses, therapists, and staff of the Moab Regional Hospital for their expert care of their loved one. The care and compassion they displayed was so refreshing and comforting during this difficult time, and for that they will be forever thankful.
Tributes4/8/2016 - We are very sorry to hear about your loss of Ted. We share in your loss. He and Eleanor were such kind neighbors. Ted would tell me every year on his birthday since he turned 80 that now he was 81,82,then 83 and so on. He did well. We feel bad that we had not seen him for so long since they moved. He was a good, kind, and hard working man. Our hearts go out to Eleanor and you all. - George and Jo Chino
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