William (Bill) Roger Dodds was born November 14, 1945, in Plankinton, SD, to Merle and Clara Dodds. He graduated from White Lake High School in 1963 and attended Southern State College in Springfield, SD, where he acquired a degree in music education. It was there he met his future wife, Linda Larson. They married on June 10, 1967, and began their teaching careers in Howard, SD.
In 1969 they moved to Ida Grove, IA, where he taught vocal music and was the activities director for the local high school. From 1972-1974 he taught in Scotland, SD. After that school year, the farm boy in Bill drew him back to his hometown of White Lake to become a farmer on his parental farmland, where he raised cattle and crops. During this career transition, he also worked for Wayne (Pete) Glissendorf as one of his hired hands. Later, he also worked at the State Training School in Plankinton, the Chamberlain Academy, and as the substitute mail carrier before transitioning to the full-time carrier position out of the Pukwana post office, where he worked until his death.
He was always an avid sports fan and history buff, loved music and sang for numerous weddings and funerals. Bill was an active member of the United Methodist/Presbyterian Church. He took pride in establishing his yard and landscaping upon the completion of the addition to the family home in 2009.
His family, children, and grandchildren were the lights of his life.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Clara, and his stepfather, Glenn Evans.
He is survived by his wife Linda; son Brent (Shannan) and their two children Brock and Tori, Chaska, MN; daughter Ellen, St. Paul, MN; his three brothers, Wayne, Jim, and Joe, and numerous nieces and nephews.
entry posted by Linda Wosje on 03-24-2017
My sincere sympathy to you and your family, Linda. We were in Florida and just go back last Wed. night and noticed it in the paper. I will always remember our trip to D.C. to the Invent America Contest and the good time we had together. I will be keeping you and your family near in my prayers.
entry posted by Claudia on 03-18-2017
My deepest sympathy to Bill's family. God understands the pain you're feeling at this difficult time.
Pray to him for comfort and endurance during this time of sorrow. This kind and dear man will
be missed by those who loved him. Cherish the fond memories you have of him. Psalm 46:1
entry posted by Tori Dodds on 03-17-2017
He was a wonderful grandfather and still is one. I miss you.
entry posted by Angie Buffington on 03-17-2017
Ellen and family: I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Dodds was clearly a special man whose caring soul and happy presence were a gift to all he knew. May the music of his life continue to touch you and bring you joy.
entry posted by Joel and Rita Laumer on 03-17-2017
Linda and family, our prayers and sympathy as you mourn the death of your beloved. Peace be with you.
entry posted by Dave Ehlers on 03-16-2017
I new Bill my whole life. Never did I hear a bad word from him. When my mother passed away Bill went out of his way to do what he could to show the appreciation of the church and of the town. Even though I haven't spoken to him or Linda for some time I know that he was a kind and gentle person right up to the end. My entire family thanks and offers our sympathy to the Dodds' family. They can rest assure that Bill has his place reserved.
entry posted by Eric Cole on 03-16-2017
Bill was truly a great man and will be missed by many, I worked with Bill in Chamberlain, as well as him being our mail man, we visited often as time allowed when he would bring ourail always taking time to stop for a quick hello, to myself or my son if we were outside when he came by , sometimes it was even a blow of the horn a smile and wave of the hand.Rip my friend
entry posted by Dan Fritz on 03-16-2017
I had Bill and Linda for teachers in Howard the few years they were there. Very good educators. I'm sure Bill will be missed. Condolences to you, Linda.
entry posted by Dan Cudmore on 03-15-2017
Bill was always such a light hearted person. Haven't seen him for a long time but WL and the world will miss him. RIP
entry posted by Julie on 03-15-2017
so sorry to hear of Billl passing. He was a great person always enjoyed chatting with him and Diane at the pukwaba office rest in pease Bill you will be missed ❤️
entry posted by Delesa Bosworth on 03-15-2017
My condolences to the family now in this time of loss.
entry posted by Ryan Van Genderen on 03-15-2017
Sorry for your loss. I worked with Mr Dodds at CA and filled in some overnight shifts. I enjoyed playing cards and visiting with him. Truly a stand up man.
entry posted by Margaret Hebert on 03-15-2017
Linda, Brent and Ellen, I am so sorry to hear about my cousin, Bill. His love of family and church was unparalleled. You have my deepest sympathy. Much love I send your way.
entry posted by Pat Helgeland on 03-15-2017
Linda, I was sorry to hear about Bill. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
entry posted by Anne Dodds on 03-15-2017
to Linda, Brent and Ellen. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. May the Lord bring you comfort and solace. my best childhood memories are wit you all out in White Lake and I wish I could be there now. may God bless you.
entry posted by Britt Bruner on 03-15-2017
Bill was one of the "Good guys!" Always a smile and always willing to offer a helping hand. What a great guy... I haven't seen him in years but will miss him.
entry posted by Jim and Ginny Toft on 03-15-2017
Linda, so sorry to hear of your loss. Just enjoyed being with you at the Larson family reunion. Thinking of you with prayers and love to the family.
entry posted by Joe Anderson on 03-15-2017
Bill was one of the first to welcome us to White Lake when we moved here, he was always kind and a joy to share a story with. The town will be a lesser place without him.
entry posted by Jacque Dodds Gilbert on 03-15-2017
So sorry to hear about Uncle Bill! Wish I could be with you all! Prayers and love..
entry posted by Sarah Naranjo on 03-15-2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Ellen your dad was always so nice to me in the few times I met him. Had a good sense of humor, like you. Thinking of you and your family.
entry posted by Donna (Steele)Korus on 03-15-2017
So very sorry for you loss Linda, Brent, and Ellen. My prayers are with you. I always think of the good times we enjoyed in 4-H. Especially Brent and my Gayle with their dogs.
entry posted by Joan Davis on 03-15-2017
Ellen, please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family. My dad gained his wings 10 years ago so I have an idea of what you might be experiencing right now. I am so sorry for your loss.
entry posted by Shalley and Steve Kappenman on 03-14-2017
May the prayers and love of family and friends surround you and your family and bring you peace.
entry posted by David Markhardt on 03-14-2017
Bill was a neighbor and a fellow student at White Lake HS. I remember playing basketball at Pukwana, and Bill shot a free throw that hit the ceiling (a very small gym). My condolences to the family. I will remember Bill as a fellow student and friend.