The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update


May 10, 2010

Thomas D. Dodge

June 12, 1945 - May 8, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — Thomas D. Dodge, 64, of rural Delaware County, formerly of Anderson, passed away May 8, 2010, at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie following an extended illness.

A man of many talents, he loved his family and friends, his church, and his faithful dogs. His interests included radio communication, electronics, amateur astronomy, gospel and bluegrass music, magic, photography, and driving his Corvettes.

He was born June 12, 1945, in Anderson, the son of the late Thomas W. and Cordella Brown Dodge. He lived and worked most of his life in Anderson, and was educated in Anderson Public Schools, graduating from Madison Heights High School in 1963. He worked for the Delco Remy Division of General Motors Corporation, and later for Delphi Corp. for over 27 years before retiring Feb. 1, 2001. Following his formal retirement, Mr. Dodge, who had started at GM in the production department and worked his way into management as a department foreman and retired as an engineer, continued as an independent engineering consultant for Indiana companies until illness forced his retirement in 2007. During his years at General Motors, he developed two manufacturing processes, for which he held U.S. Patents.

An avid electronics enthusiast, Thomas was an amateur radio (ham) operator for more than 40 years of his life, a hobby that took him into Madison County Defense volunteer work and the position of instructor and testing examiner for aspiring ham operators with the Madison County Amateur Radio Club. Many ham operators today in East-Central Indiana got their start under his guidance. He also served as a volunteer in the Madison County Sheriff’s Department after high school and while at GM in the late 1960s and early ’70s.

His interest in gospel and bluegrass music led to his taking part in local music groups, both singing and playing six- and twelve-string guitars, which he collected. He performed with the gospel group “The Sawmill Gang” for many years in the area. He also performed with the “Cumberland Gap” bluegrass band, as well as providing gospel music at his church.

A man of strong religious faith, Thomas was a member of Mount Olive Community Church in Muncie, where he taught Sunday school and was ordained a lay minister in April 2005. His library of theology books as well as his extensive collection of Holy Bibles was a source of great pride, and he used them extensively in his preparation of church school lessons.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Christine Bourne Dodge; his daughter, Tamara Sue Dodge Podesta (husband, Greg) of Seattle, Wash.; stepdaughters, Jennifer Marie Carpenter (husband, Daniel), Cherryville, N.C., and Rebecca Lou Hammons (husband, Dewayne), Muncie; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Willis “Buck” Dodge and Theodore “Ted” Dodge, both of Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephews both locally and across the nation.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Dodge Summerill of Riverside, Calif.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Mount Pleasant Chapel, 7901 W. Isanogel Road (one mile south of McGalliard on 500 West), with the Rev. Rodney Eiler officiating. Music at the service will be provided by area bluegrass gospel musicians “Common Ground.” Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson. A reception for family and friends will then be held at Mount Olive Community Church in Muncie.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Mount Olive Community Church, 5000 N. Nebo Road, Muncie, IN 47304.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at or posted online at



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