John Phillip Dodge, 88, of Pryor, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Pryor. He was born on March 25, 1932 in Galesburg, Illinois; the son of Phillip and Frankie Mae (Kerns) Dodge. John went to middle school and High School in Quincy, Illinois and graduated in 1950. He married Mary Lou Harness on June 28, 1953 in Quincy. Together they had 4 children: Cristiana, John, Philip, and Matthew. John worked as a telegraph lineman for C. B & Q Railroad and as a machine operator for Gardner – Denver. Gardner – Denver built a new foundry in Pryor in 1974 and John and his family made their home in Pryor. John worked there until his retirement in 1991 as a Foundry Supervisor. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and taught Sunday school there for many years, and later joined Life Fellowship Church in Pryor. In 1961, John joined the Columbus Masonic Lodge #227 in Columbus, Illinois and then transferred to become a member of Pryor Creek Masonic Lodge #100. Lastly, he earned his 33rd degree in March of 2012. He enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, and hunting. John was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Funeral services for John will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Shipman’s Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ken Gerhart officiating. Honorary casket bearers will be Scott Horton, Lee Wright, Wayne Mathwig, Ron Sharp, and James Armontrout. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Shipman’s Funeral Home. To leave his family a message, please visit his Tribute Wall at www.shipmansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Shipman’s Funeral & Cremation Service.
John is survived by his children, Cristiana Ehrhardt of Camp Point, Illinois, John Dodge and wife Kim of Urbandale, Iowa, Philip Dodge of Pryor, Oklahoma, and Matthew Dodge and wife Carla of LaRussell, Missouri; sister, Marjorie Greene of Hampton, Illinois; grandchildren, Renee Barner and husband John, Elizabeth Ehrhardt, Philip Dodge, Heather Dodge, Michael Dodge and wife Abigail, and Steven Dodge and wife Rose; and 6 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou; parents, Phillip and Frankie Mae; sister, Rebecca Wilson, son in law, John Ehrhardt; and brothers in law, Richard Greene and Boyd Wilson.