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Clarence Wayland (Wade) Dodge, 92

| August 1, 2007 12:00 AM

Clarence Wayland (Wade) Dodge, 92, fell asleep in death July 24, 2007. A lifetime resident of Sanders County, Wade was born, as he always said, "Somewhere between Noxon and Heron, on Nov. 21, 1914 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dodge.

He graduated from Noxon High School in 1935, manned various fire lookouts throughout the Cabinets and Lolo National forests in the summers, and pursued his radio technician training and worked in the CCC's out of Missoula.

Wade married Lola Elliott of Whitepine, around 1938 and they had two children, Fred and Sharon. They moved to Vancouver, Wash., for work in the shipyards and the marriage ended. He enlisted in the Army and after WWII he came home to Noxon, working as a radio repair technician.

He married Ruth Hart in Thompson Falls in 1947 where they raised six boys.

He worked over 30 years for lumber mills and retired from WI Forest Products in 1979. He loved the woods, whether fishing, berry picking, hunting, camping, hiking into lakes, or rounding up firewood for the winter.

His old '47 Willys hauled him and the boys into a lot of places and back out, (most of the time).

Ruth and Wade celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in 1997 and he spent his remaining years visiting his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wade never missed many opportunities to share the truth about God's Kingdom, mankind's only hope for the future. For this he felt obligated, through this he showed his love for those around him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his youngest brother, Maurice Dodge of Spokane, Wash.; children, Fred Dodge and family of Vancouver, Wash.; Sharon Dodge (Finney) and family of Sandpoint, Idaho; Larry Dodge and Family of Hay, Wash.; Mark Dodge and family, Nathan Dodge, Loren Dodge and family, all of Libby; Ron Dodge and family of Thompson Falls.

Wade was proceeded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; two brothers; three sisters; one son; and two grandsons.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, July 28 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, three miles west of Noxon and were officiated by Bro. Stephen Dodge. Burial followed at the Noxon Cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends was held at the Pavilion at the mouth of Bull River.