THOMPSON FALLS - Clarence Wayland "Wade" Dodge, 92, fell asleep in death Tuesday, July 24, 2007. A lifetime resident of Sanders County, Wade was born, as he always said, "somewhere between Noxon and Heron" on Nov. 21, 1914, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Dodge.
He graduated from Noxon High School in 1935, manned various fire lookouts throughout the Cabinets and the Lolo National Forest in the summers, and pursued his radio technician training, also working in the Civilian Conservation Corps out of Missoula.
He married Lola Elliott of Whitepine around 1938 and had two children, [names omitted]. They moved to Vancouver, Wash., for work in the shipyards, where his marriage with Lola ended, and his enlistment in the Army began. After World War II, he came home to Noxon, working as a radio repair technician.
In 1947, Wade met Ruth Hart engaged in street corner witnessing in Thompson Falls, where they were soon to be married and make their home.
Wade and Ruth raised six boys as he worked 30 years or so for lumber mills retiring from WI Forest Products in 1979.
He loved the woods, whether fishing, berry picking, hunting, camping, hiking into lakes, or rounding up firewood for the winter. His old '47 Willys hauled him and the boys into a lot of places and back out (most of the time).
In 1997, Wade and Ruth celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. After losing Ruth the following year, he spent his remaining years visiting his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Wade never missed many opportunities to share the truth about God's Kingdom, mankind's only hope for the future. For this he felt obligated, through this he showed his love for those around him. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his youngest brother; [his] son and family; [his] daughter and family. [Survivors names omitted.]
Wade was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth; two brothers; three sisters; one son; and two grandsons.
Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28, at Bunch Toews Funeral Home in Thompson Falls. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses three miles west of Noxon, officated by Brother Stephen Dodge. Burial proceedings will follow at the Noxon Cemetery. From there visitation for family and friends will be held at the pavillion at the mouth of the Bull River.—Missoulian, July 27, 2007
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