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Lenox Time Table
Lenox, Iowa
Thursday September 10, 1997

OBITUARY ~ BENJAMIN CURTIS "BEN" DODGE

Benjamin Curtis Dodge entered this world in the early morning hours of Friday, February 26, 1982 in Creston, Iowa. He passed from this world in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 24, 1997, in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 15 years, five months and 29 days.

His most enjoyable times were spent with his parents, Karla Kay (Kniep) Hogue (husband Randy) and Darrell Curtis Dodge (wife Angela); his brothers Joshua Hancock and Nathan Hogue; his sisters Nicole Hogue, Annie Johnson, and Jentry Johnson; his grandparents Myrna Dodge and the late Benjamin Dodge, Donna Moore (husband Keith), and Ron Kniep (wife Becky); great grandparents Eileen Matheny and the late Earl Matheny, and Walt and Millie Kniep; and great-great grandmother Opal Freemyers; godparents Diane and Randy Long; cousins Jeremy and Heather Long; and step grandparents Bob and Neva Fisher and Beverly Hogue. ,p. Ben increased the size of his family on Thursday, April 13, 1995, when he chose Jesus Christ as his personal savior. On that date Ben and his dad were baptized together into the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, a decision of which both were quite proud.

He lived in Indianola, Des Moines, Bridgewater and Clearfield before finally settling in Mount Ayr.

Ben left this world doing what he enjoyed best-having fun with his friends. Unfortunately a tragic accident cut short the fun, but he will be fondly remembered by all those he leaves behind.

He was laid to rest under a large oak tree on a hill in the Oak Ridge Cemetery north of Mount Ayr on Wednesday, August 27, 1997. Laying him to rest were Jeremy Burmeister, Nolan Howie, Jeremy Long, B J. Poppe, Ryan Roe, Scott Rumple, teammates from the 1997 Mount Ayr Raider baseball team, and, of course, his beloved family and friends.

Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014

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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 30, 2007

IN LOVING MEMORY
Benjamin Curtis Dodge

February 26, 1982 ~ August 24, 1997

You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he has lived,
You can close your eyes
And pray that he'll come back,
Or you can open your eyes
And see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty
Because you can't see him,
Or you can be full of
The love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow
And live yesterday, or you
Can be happy for tomorrow
Because of yesterday.
And you can remember him
And only that's he's gone,
Or you can cherish
His memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind,
Be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he'd want;
Smile, open your eyes, love, and go on.

With love then, now, and forever,
Dad and Angi
Jentry, Daniel, and Dylan
Annie and Rick
Grandma Myrna
and Grandma Neva

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, August of 2012

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