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Timothy T. Dodge

Published December 29,2020

Obituary's Biography:

Timothy Dodge, 72, of Lindenhurst, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, December 27, 2020. He was born in Dubuque, Iowa on September 6, 1948 to Nathan & Margery Dodge who preceded him in death. Tim is survived by his wife, Cherie, and children Kelley Dodge of Longmont, CO and Nate Dodge of Boulder, CO; two sisters, Jennifer (Mike) Weibel of West Redding, CT and Sarah (Bob) Randecker of Dickinson, TX; and two brothers, Jonathan (Karen) Dodge of Estero, FL and Chris (Martha) Dodge of Kalispell, MT.

Tim received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, where he was Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for many years. He later earned a master’s degree from Western Illinois University and co-founded a successful market research firm. Tim and Cherie were married for 35 years and enjoyed traveling along with a variety of outdoor activities. Tim was a devoted father, coaching many youth sports, and was present for each of his children’s life events. He especially enjoyed annual Canada fishing trips with lifelong buddies. After being recognized as an All American collegiate wrestler, he went on to coach at the college level. For more than 25 years, Tim was a highly respected high school wrestling official throughout the state of Illinois. Tim was an advocate for the outdoors and enjoyed spending time in nature canoeing, fishing, hiking, and birdwatching. Memorial gifts can be made to The Sierra Club Foundation in Tim’s name.  All funeral services were held privately. All services were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear that Tim has passed. I am reminded of growing up as neighbors on Chestnut street. I loved playing baseball with Tim and Jon in the Dodge backyard. I really idolized the boys because they were always doing fun and interesting things like netting and mounting butterflies and building boobie traps. I know Tim must have been a wonderful husband and father. His models were the best. I send my heartfelt sympathy to Cherie and all the Dodges.

    1. Hi Linda…Very nice comments about Tim..Thanks..Our family all loved growing up in the neighborhood
      that included you and your family…Great times…Great memories…Take care and stay safe..
      Jon

  2. Cherie, I am so, so sorry. I’ll be praying for you and the kids. I pray the wonderful life, filled with great memories, carry you through this difficult journey. Sending you hugs and prayers my friend.

  3. I have many wonderful memories of working with Tim at Augustana… prayers and blessings to your family Cherie

    1. Thanks so much for your card and condolences Wendy. Tim and I had so many fun memories of our times at Augie.

  4. Dear Cherie and Tim’s family,
    I worked with Tim when I was an Admissions Counselor for Augie in 1979-81, and later as Assistant Director of Financial Aid in 1982-84. What a great guy! Tim was a supportive and encouraging supervisor; I learned so much from him. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. I have valued and looked forward to yearly contact with Tim and Cherie through Christmas cards. I enjoyed watching Kelley and Nate grow up. How very proud he was of you.

    It was such shocking and sad news to hear of Tim’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Tim is certainly remembered so very warmly.

    May you eventually find peace and smiles again in your memories of Tim.
    Thinking of you, Cherie.

    1. Thank you for your card and condolences Sarah! Tim had so many great memories of fun times during his Augie days.

  5. For many of us, Tim was the first person we met when we arrived at Augustana, and after a few minutes with him, you knew this is the place, this is home. Tim had tremendous class, and set a standard for many to follow. God rest your soul.

  6. Tim was my mentor at augie when I first stepped on campus. I always looked up to him for guidance on the wrestling mat.Tim was an unbelievable athlete and challenged me for many years to be the best wrestler as I could achieve! After he graduated he coached me to become a 3time all conference champion! Tim was my idol, I tried to be like him but he was too good. The years after college led us to reconnect on annual fishing trips to canada! 40 to be exact!!! With our other great friends we experienced numerous remarkable canooe trips and other great outfitters fly in cabin fishing trips in numerous lakes in Ontario and manitoba!! We all agreed that these annual trips kept us optimistic and alive. Tim had a great sense of humor and my times spent with him as a boat partner gave us hrs of time to talk about life goals family and how these annual trips kept us together in brotherhood! I now have a deep hole in my heart because his passing, we all thought Tim would love forever!!!!! Come on, he was mr. Universe!!!! So healthy so wise so successful in business!! It was and still is a shock that Tim is no longer here! I grieve daily. But tims heart is in my soul ,and I will always honor the opportunity to have shared his life with me, and the love and confidence he instilled in my heart! Tim,! I love you, and thank you for entering my life. Mooskie

    1. Thanks for sharing your memories Dave. I know those experiences, especially the canoe and fishing trips, meant a lot to Tim.

  7. We weren’t at war or in combat, but clearly our Canadian fishing trips forged us into a “Band of Brothers”.
    We relied on each other and could always count on Tim when the going got rough. My memories of those days
    will be with me always.

    1. Ken, I know Tim so valued your friendship and especially all the canoe and fishing trips over the years. They were the highlight of his summers!

  8. Cherie and family. I’m sorry for your loss. Tim helped me with financial aid as a student and then we worked together for several years in the admissions office. Those were great times-with Ralph Starenko and the gang. He always kept me in balance and was fair to all. There are countless Augie grads who were able to make their way through his help…many not even knowing who the man was that helped them along the way. Bless you all.

  9. Tim was my college coach, and was very intense, knowledgeable, and cared. I didn’t realize until now, that I had patterned my coaching after him. I ran in to him from time to time, and it was like we were old friends. God, be with you all, and know we were blessed to have him in our life.

  10. This is such a shock. About two weeks ago Tim and I had a long telephone conversation, and teased each other about our old age ailments. I met Tim during the first week of our freshman year at Augie. We were in the courtyard throwing the football around and became instant friends for the next four years on the wrestling team and as PUG fraternity brothers. Our senior year we lived in the first “PUG” house and he made me organize my study and reading time so I would pass my classes. After graduation we completed over 40 canoe adventures and fishing trips together. Later Tim became a wrestling official and worked several of the meets that I was coaching at for Warren High School. Tim was always a perfectionist in everything he did. I will miss him greatly, as the PUGs and Augie wrestling have recently also lost Dennis Splawski and Russ Munch. Love you guys, Pete Campbell

    1. Pete, a wave and respect across the many decades from Dodger the younger. I’ll always remember trips from Dubuque to Rock Island for Augie wrestling meets. I was (and still am) one proud brother.

    2. Pete…Glad I was able to see you…You were part of many of Tim’s crazy and
      great stories…Take care and stay safe..
      Jon

    3. Pete, thanks for sharing your stories with Tim. I am so glad the two of you had the opportunity to speak recently. I know he valued your lifelong friendship.

  11. Sympathy to you – Tim’s family – for your loss of such a great guy. He was an awsome classmate, teammate and friend at Augustana. I have lots of fond memories of the many wrestling meets and tournaments from 1966 through 1970 I experienced with Tim. No doubt he was a great husband and father and will be sorely missed. Anyone who knew him was better for it. Those of us who had more time with him were the lucky ones.

  12. Tim Dodge was a wonderful member of the Augustana community and a personal friend to many of us. His sense of humor, his competitiveness, his intelligence, and his concern for students and colleagues alike were exemplary. I enjoyed playing tennis with him (though I usually lost), biking with him (though he always left me behind), and thought myself fortunate to be at the school when Tim was.

    1. Tom, thank you for sharing these memories of Tim. Made me smile. Hope all is well with you and your family.

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