PIERRE, SD – Willard “Bill” Dodge, 97, of Pierre, SD passed away July 13, 2018 at Avera-Maryhouse Long Term Care Facility. Bill was born in Pierpont, South Dakota, to Henry and Esther Dodge. He graduated from Groton High School, then attended college in both Huron and Madison. His natural athleticism allowed him to enjoy and excel at basketball, track and football. When World War II began, he enlisted in the US Navy. He served his country from 1942 to 1946 on the USS Washington battleship.
Upon his return home from military duty, he met the love of his life, Gladys (Hap) Rilling. The two were married in September of 1947, sharing 70 wonderful years together. Honored to share their lives with them were their three children; Connie (Ron) Brown, Pat (Rosie) Dodge, and Bill Jr. (Julie) Dodge. Blessed to call them Grandpa and Grandma were six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. You will be missed along life’s way, fondly remembered every day; No longer in our lives to share, but in our hearts you’re always there. Graveside services will take place at a later date. Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.feigumfh.com.