Jerry Dodson

Jerry Richard Dodson

Saturday, December 21st, 1935 - Saturday, May 11th, 2019
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Jerry R Dodson, 83, husband of the late Idonna Mc Millian Dodson of Springfield, MO, died in the early morning hours of Saturday May 11, 2019 at Mercy Hospital.

Jerry was born in St. Louis Missouri on December 21, 1935 to Marie (Cooley) Lavern and Ruth and Elmer Neff.

Jerry attended Central High School in Springfield, Mo. He joined the Marines at age 16 and served in the Korean War. When he returned to the United States he completed his high school education. Jerry worked in the building trades as a glazier for many years. After retiring from Builders Glass he managed Ozark Shooters Sports Complex and later became the Range Master at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, where he continued to work until his death. To say that Jerry was an avid outdoorsman is an understatement. He was happiest when he could share his love of the outdoors with his friends and especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Less than two weeks ago, he was in his turkey blind.

Jerry is survived by his daughter Karyn and her partner Jeff Hays and Kimberly and her husband Scott Tairent; his grandchildren Kaylea Dees and husband David, Shelby Rupp and her husband Travis, Emily, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Tatum and Hannah; his great grandchildren Paisley, Logann, Keaton, Oliver and Charlie. Jerry is also survived by a sister Margaret and her husband John; sisters-in-law Janis Lavern, Shirley Lindsey and Pauline Eddington, many nieces, nephews and countless friends he loved like family.

In addition to his wife Idonna, he was predeceased by his beloved son Ricky, sister Barbara, brother Jim and brother-in-law Joe McMillian.

A visitation will be held Tuesday May 14 from 5 to 7 pm at Herman Lohmeyer Funeral Home 500 E Walnut Springfield, Mo. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Wednesday May 15 at 1:00 pm at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S Southwood Rd, Springfield, MO with Chaplain Mitch Fisher officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Permanent online condolences, stories and photos may be shared at www.hhlohmeyer.

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home
    500 E. Walnut Street
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  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 1:00pm
    Missouri Veterans Cemetery
    5201 S. Southwood Road
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  • Interment

    Missouri Veterans Cemetery`
    5201 S. Southwood Road
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Jacquie Williams

Posted at 03:40pm
I have known Jerry for over 40 years and have many “Jerry” stories that I cherish.
My husband and I frequently attended gun shows and I was always the wheeler/dealer. I would find a rifle that interested me and my first action was to call Jerry to see what he thought it was worth. I totally trusted in his knowledge. He would tell me the most he would pay for it and then I would go from there, usually coming in below Jerry’s valuation. I was always anxious to share my victories with him afterwards.
My first deer, killed in 1980, was with a Ruger 35 Whelan that I borrowed from Jerry. His daughter Karyn and I hunted together in a tree stand that year with both of us filling our tags. One of my best deer hunts EVER! Then in 2008 I killed my first bear, again with the borrowed 35 Whelan. I told Jerry that if he ever decided to sell the Whelan that I got first dibs. The next year when my husband Jay and Jerry were back in the bear woods I received a call from Jay. “Jerry is ready to sell the Whelan but he says there will be no wheeling/dealing on the price”. “Of course”, I replied. I know Jerry would be fair with me and to be truthful, I didn’t even care if he wanted twice what it was worth. But I had to promise that I would not argue about the price before the price would be revealed. Promised! “He wants $1” I was told. Although I attempted to argue, he just said a promise is a promise.
After Jay’s passing, Jerry asked one thing from me. Could he please have one of Jay’s rifles. Him and Jay had been very close throughout the years and I totally understood the importance of guns and their memories. Jerry came over one day to help me sort through Jay’s reloading room and I presented him with one of Jay’s newest rifles/toys. When he asked how much I wanted, I replied nothing. He proceeded to argue with me so I asked for $1. That shut him up… he knew he’d been beat by his own tactics.
Jacquie Williams

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