Sherman Willis Dodge, 84

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 8:15am

Sherman Willis Dodge, Jr., 84, of Block Island, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 at South Kingstown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was the beloved husband of the late Edrie J. (Hall) Dodge. Born in Newport, he was the son of the late Sherman W. and Frances E. (Jaxien) Dodge.

Willis was a graduate of Block Island School and learned mechanics under the GI Bill from Fred Benson. He was employed as a road equipment operator with the R.I. Department of Transportation for many years. He also had many other jobs, including night watchman at the state beach, auto repair mechanic, contractor, house watch business, lawn mowing, and a lobster fisherman.

He was a Korean War Navy Veteran and was a Deacon at both the Methodist Church and Harbor Baptist Church.

Willis was a 32nd Degree Mason, Atlantic Lodge, a member of Eastern Star, American Legion, Block Island Post 36, Block Island Volunteer Fire Department and Block Island Ecumenical Choir. He enjoyed reading, surf casting, gardening, feeding birds and watching them.

He is survived by a son, Charlie Dodge and his wife, Clancy, of South Chatham, Mass.; four grandchildren, Josiah Dodge, Eddie Dodge, Joseph Dodge, and Amber White; five great grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon, Mikayla, Logan, and. Edrie; a sister, Barbara Hall of Block Island; and eight nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at 10:30 am in St. Andrew’s Church, Chapel Street, Block Island, followed by a service at 11 a.m. in the church. Interment with military honors in Island Cemetery, Block Island.  In lieu of flowers contributions to The Mary D. Fund, P.O. Box 323, Block Island, R.I. 02807 in his memory would be appreciated. Arrangements with Henault-Gallogly Funeral Home. For information and condolences, please visit: