CHARLES N. DODGE
GUILFORD, Charles N. Dodge, age 86, died April 13, 2002 in Alexandria, Virginia. Charles married his wife, Virginia, July 26, 1942; they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 26, 2002.A resident of Franconia, Alexandria, Va. for 50 years, he was born February 8, 1916 and raised in Guilford, Maine and attended Guilford High School. He was employed as a movie projectionist and was employed by the Guilford Woolen Mill as a weaver prior to World War II.He served during World War II in the United States 4th Armored Division 24th Engineer Battalion. He arrived in England and fought in England, France, Germany, and Chippenham and was in the Battle of the Bulge. After World War II, he and his wife lived in Bangor. He was employed as an automotive mechanic, foreman, and service manager initially employed by Henley Kambal working on Hudson automobiles in Bangor. He then moved to the Alexandria, Virginia area and was employed at a Hudson Dealership in Alexandria, VA., Cherner Lincoln/Ford Dealership in Shirlington, VA, and Logan Lincoln/Ford Dealership in Springfield, VA. He was a lifetime member of the 4th Armored Division Association that was organized in 1946.He was a member of the Society of Virginia and served as President from 1982 to 1984 and was a member of the Maine State Society. His hobbies included building, woodcrafts, photography, traveling, yard work and gardening.When they moved into their new home in December, 1952, he built their garage; (he had their daughter, Crystal, lay the cornerstone of the garage). He also built additions on their home; a large kitchen and a large rec. room with an upstairs bedroom and 2 bathrooms. He loved building items made out of wood (bookcases, etc.) and was excellent at it. He enjoyed traveling.In 1967, for their 25th Wedding Anniversary, he and his wife went to England, Germany, Chippenham, and France to visit the places he fought in WW II.They went back again in a couple of years visiting England, Germany, and Italy.He and his wife also traveled to California, Hawaii, Mexico, Texas, and the East Coast from Florida to Maine.
He is survived by his wife Virginia E. Dodge of Alexandria, Va., one daughter, Crystal Dodge Sims of Annandale, Va., one granddaughter Tracy Sims Wheless of Asheboro, North Carolina, and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11 am Wednesday April 24, 2002 at the Elmwood Cemetery in Guilford. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, Guilford.
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