Danvers — Philip Dodge, 85, of Danvers, died peacefully, with his family at his side, on Thursday afternoon, May 8, 2014, at the Kaplan Family House in Danvers. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Smith) Dodge, with whom he had shared 61 years of marriage.
Born in Beverly, he was the son of the late Philip and Etta (Elwell) Dodge. He graduated from Beverly High School in 1946, and Bentley College in 1951, where he received his degree in accounting. He retired as an accountant in 1994.
Phil was a veteran of WWII, who served with the United States Army as a Military Policeman OCC TERR 669, and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal Japan. He loved serving his country, and was a proud patriot all his life.
Phil was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Red Sox and Bruins, unless they were losing, then he would just listen. He enjoyed bowling, softball and golf. He was an active member of his church, and as he proudly stated “moderator 6 times.” Phil loved his country, church and family.
In addition to his loving wife, Phil is survived by his children, Robin Raymond of Sanford, Maine, Kimberly Suther and her husband, Chip, of Danvers, Philip Dodge and his wife, Amy, formerly of Danvers, and Lisa Simmons and her husband, Thomas, of Georgetown; his sister-in-law, Margie Dodge of Seabrook, N.H.; his grandchildren, Matt Raymond and his wife, Katie, Andrew Raymond and girlfriend, Deanna, Michael Raymond and his wife, Chelsea, Nathaniel Raymond and his wife, Kirsten, Emily Suther and her fiancé, Mike, Eric Suther, Cameron Lessard, Kelsey Lessard, Elizabeth Simmons, Jaclyn Simmons, and Steven Dodge; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Roland Dodge.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 11 a.m., at the Immanuel Congregation Church, 140 Bridge St., Beverly, Mass., to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, prior to the service, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Danvers. Contributions in his name may be made to Immanuel Congregational Church, 140 Bridge Street, Beverly, MA, or the Kaplan House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.