Ormond (Orm) W. Dodge Sr.


dodgeo.jpgOrmond Dodge Sr. 77, of Shelton, WA died on Monday, June 27, 2011 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. Orm was born on December 27,1933 to Ormond M. and Annabelle (Bachman) Dodge in Olympia, WA. He graduated in 1952 from Olympia High School and joined the Navy. While in the service Ormond attended the US Navy Hospital Corps School in San Diego and graduated as a hospital apprentice in 1954. He was later stationed in Bremerton. He married Dianne Sells in 1960.  In 1964, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. Martins College.

Ormond was a bookkeeper/accountant for many years. He started out at JD Dutton and Associates as a lineman. He worked at the Tyee as the head comptroller, for Harold’s Plumbing, Nye Lumber Co. and for Olympia Sand and Gravel, retiring from there in 1999. Orm loved hiking and photography, making regular trips to Mt. Rainier and into the Olympics. He had a special interest in lighthouses and traveled the coastal beaches extensively to photograph them. He also enjoyed vacationing in Mexico with his former companion Gina Stiller, who preceded him in death in 1988. His other hobbies included crossword puzzles, working in his yard and harvesting shellfish on his beach. He was also an avid sports fan, specifically of Washington teams. He had a sly sense of humor, an excellent memory, was very generous, supportive of his family and friends, and a much-loved father.

He is survived by his daughter, Johnna (Mark) Ziegler, Union; sons, Ormond J. Dodge Jr. (Lori Brady) Shelton and Jason Dodge (Kim Buffaloe) Belfair; ex-wife and close friend, Dianne Berry, Shelton; sister, Georgia Glass, Olympia, and nieces Barbara Glass and Mona (Dean) Moberg. He was preceded in death by his parents and companion Gina Stiller.

A celebration of his life will be held at an open house at his home at 460 SE Sells Drive in Shelton on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 1:00. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.