Ralph "Bud" Dodd, 89, of Belle Plaine, formerly of Geneva, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019, at Belle Plaine Specialty Care in Belle Plaine. He was born August 4, 1929, in Franklin County to Victor and Marie Dodd.
Bud graduated from Geneva High School. He was united in marriage to Bonnie Lou Thies on September 21, 1950, in Hampton, Iowa. Bud served his country in the U.S. National Guard for 14 years. He attended Barber School in Des Moines and worked as a barber in Geneva and Hampton for 50 years. Bud was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton, First Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine, Lions Club in Hampton and the Ackley Country Club. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, dancing and roller-skating. Bud also enjoyed playing cards and fishing. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and loved attending his grandchildren's activities.
Bud is survived by his sons Rick (Jayne) Dodd of Waseca, Minnesota, Randy (Karen) Dodd of Dike, Ron (Mary) Dodd of Northwood, Reggie (Jan) Dodd of Oskaloosa, Reece (Trena) Dodd of Belle Plaine; grandchildren Jennifer, Lindsay, Billie, Dusty, Blake, Josh, Jackie, Jill, Ryan, Julie, Shaylee, Macy and Brock; 23 great-grandchildren; brother Dan (Carolyn) Dodd of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and sisters-in-laws Teresa Dodd, Shirley Sprain and Donna Schachterle.
He was preceded in death by his parents Victor and Marie Dodd, wife Bonnie Dodd, and siblings Vaneta Norman, Don Dodd and Donna Roegner.
Memorials may be directed to Essence of Life Hospice in Amana, Iowa, or Trinity Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa.
"I'm so sorry for the loss of Ralph "Bud" Dodd. Although your grief may seem unbearable, know that God wants to comfort you. Pour out your heart to him in prayer and experience the peace that only he can give.
Jeremiah 29:11 says ??For I well know the thoughts that I am thinking toward you,? declares Jehovah, ?thoughts of peace, and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope.
"I was sorry to read about the passing of Ralph Dodd. Death was never part of God's plan for mankind. Please accept my deepest sympathies. May the God of comfort give you peace during this most difficult time. Ps 116:15.
"I enjoyed playing cards with Bud. He loved to go see his grandkids play in games. We will be missed."
"I remember getting my hair cut at Hampton; Bud did a great job! Bud was a fantastic person! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Nancy Hofmeister"
"So sorry to hear of Bud's passing, our sympathy goes out to all the family , I am unable to attend the service or visitation that day but I will be thinking about all of you, My condolences to all of you. "
"Bud gave me my first haircut on probably a Saturday night in Geneva about 70 years ago. I am told that my mother cried. I had many more of those hair cuts over the years in Geneva and Hampton. His barbershop was always a gathering place and the "news" of the day was topic of discussion. Bud always had a kind word and a great greeting. My condolences to the family ."
"I am so very sorry to hear this! Bud was a wonderful friend to all. Our prayers go to his family and many frirnds!........
Cindy and Dick"
"Great memories of waving to Bud every time I walked past the barber shop no matter if he was doing a hair cut or sitting in the barber chair reading the paper! Occasionally I gave him the privilege of trimming my long hair and he would tease me how he hoped I didn?t go bald like my Dad!
Bud loved people, loved his family and was very proud of them all, and could talk sports for hours, and he had a huge heart!
May you find peace with all the memories-"
"To the family of Bud Dodd: My sympathy to you! Bud was my barber for many years and also served in the National Guard with him at Hampton. Also played softball against him. pretty good pitcher! A good man--a good husband--a good Father & Grandfather. He knew Jesus as his Savior and now is safw in His arms. Al Janssen Waverly Iowa"
"So sorry to hear this. Will be thinking of the family."