SOUTH ROYALTON — Funeral service for George Dodge, 93, who died Aug. 24, left this world peacefully with his loving family and devoted wife by his side was held Aug. 29 at the United Church of South Royalton. Rev. Sam Newton officiated. Burial followed at the Branch View Cemetery in South Royalton.
George was born in Royalton on Jan. 26, 1919, the son of Anne (Dutton) Doge and Chester B. Dodge.
He graduated form South Royalton School in 1937 and from Vermont School of Agriculture, which is now Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center. In 1939, George spent most of his life on the farm, where he and his wife, Arlene (Morrill) proudly raised their family of four children. They married in June 1939 and farmed together until retirement tin 1985.
George and Arlene traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Alaska. A true farmer at heart, George always enjoyed talking to others in different parts of the country about equipment and techniques that were new and different to him.
A true patriot, he had a love for his country and Vermont, always appreciative of the natural beauty of the land. George selflessly devoted his life to family, friends, community and the farming industry. He volunteered his time aT the Tunbridge Fair for many, many years, he was a lister for the Town of Royalton; he worked at the Vermont Dairy Show; a member of the Methodist Church of South Royalton as well as a member of the Royalton Lodge 74 I.O.O. F. While involved with the many dairy organizations of which he was a member, he held numerous offices over the years.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene Dodge of South Royalton; a son Theodore Dodge of Norfolk, Va.; a daughter, Marie Huggins and her husband, Dale of Henrico, VA and his son, Harry Dodge of South Royalton; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Polly Morrill.
George was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Althea Spaulding; a brother, Henry D. Dodge; a son, Richard H. Dodge and brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.
George loved all of his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed taking the little ones up to the barn for a warm cup of milk or taking them for a ride on the tractor. He enjoyed having company and playing games in the evening after the chores were done.
George’s one and only true love of his life was his wife, Arlene. They shared their life and their love for over 70 years. He truly loved everything about her, from her cooking to their conversations, playing games, traveling, camping and working side-by-side to make a living and raise their family.
George knew no strangers—his door was open to all. He was gracious and kind, caring and fiving. A soft-spoken man with a Big heart, his passing will leave a huge hole in the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of VT & N.H., 66 Benning Street, Suite 6, West Lebanon, N.H. 03784.
This obituary first appeared in the August 30, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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