Richard Leroy Dodge
July 2, 1920 - November 22, 2017
Richard Leroy Dodge, 97 of Hanford was born on July 2, 1920 to Ben and Pearl Dodge in Big Timber, Montana, the third of four sons. He was the last surviving son to pass away on Wednesday morning, November 22 about 1:15 AM at Adventist Medical Center in Hanford. Dick enlisted in the Army during World War II, serving in Africa and Italy where he was wounded at Anzio. Mustering out of the service he came to California because he liked the weather better than the ice and snow of Montana.
Settling in Southern California where he met Barbara, the love of his life, who became his wife, Dick found a career in auto sales. Dick and Barbara raised three sons and enjoyed outdoor life, riding dirt bikes on the desert and spending time at Laguna Beach.
Dick retired as New Car Sales Manager after 30 years with Allen Gwynn Chevrolet in Glendale. By winning many sales contests Dick provided travel (national and international) for he and Barbara, on Chevrolet, including yearly travel to Las Vegas for the LA Chevrolet Zone Sales Managers Forum. Those were wonderful exciting times for them.
At age 80, Dick retired from his weekly mixed double tennis group in Santa Monica when he and Barbara moved to Hanford in 2000, to be close to grandson, Rick and great grandson, Dylan. Family always was the focus of Dick's heart. Later years he enjoyed great grandsons' ball games and family gatherings.
Dick is survived by Barbara, wife of 61 years, a stepson Lance Castle and his wife Patt, of Sunland, sons Richard R. and Randall J., grandson Richard W. all of Hanford and Ryan of Marina, great grandsons Dylan, Damon, and Derek all of Hanford, and Evan of Marina, sisters-in-law Wanda Dodge of Bremerton, Washington, Betty Dodge of Camp Verde, Arizona and numerous nieces and nephews in Arizona and Washington. He lived a long, rich, full life and will be greatly missed.
A Funeral Service will be held Friday, December 1st at 11:00 am, at People's Funeral Chapel; 501 N. Douty St, Hanford, followed by Burial at Hanford Cemetery.
Family and Friends are invited to view Dick's legacy at www.peoplesfuneralchapel.com and write condolences.