Keith's dad died this morning.
Last Saturday morning he rode in the Veteran's Day parade in Alamogordo. Keith delivered him to the parade starting point, and said he thinks he was the oldest living veteran in Alamogordo. During WWII, Ken was a Navy reconn pilot in the Pacific. Before and after, he trained pilots in Florida. For many years while Keith was growing up, he was the range controller at White Sands Missile Range.
Here's a photo Holly took of her grandfather last Spring, and her caption:
Smiling and chatting over a nighttime snack
When Keith got home late Sunday, there were stories of a fall up at Gerry and Barb's, with seven hours in the emergency room, and then an EMT visit and transport after he fell in the dining room at the house sometime during the night. He had broken his hip. In preparation for a scheduled Thursday surgery, they took him off his blood thinners, his blood count was low, and they gave him a transfusion. The new thicker blood didn't agree with his heart problem.
Although he died at 4:00 a.m, we didn't know until evening because they called his house in Alamogordo and left a message. Gerry went by there after work and heard the answering machine message to call the hospital. Gerry went to the hospital, talked to people and then called Keith with the information. Marty and Holly and I were all here and Keith told us all what he knew. I called Kirby, who was out to dinner in Austin, with Sarah and Rebecca Tynker.
Came back March 20, 2017. Marty is looking at some family history for a geography-class project. I've come to quote the obituary that was in the Almogordo paper, in case the webpage disappears.
Kendall Sherman Dodd, 96, passed away from heart failure on Nov. 14, 2012 in Alamogordo. He was born in 1916 in Massachusetts to Sherman W. and Ella G. Dodd. He graduated from Fordson High School in Dearborn, Mich. in 1933 and Wayne State College in 1939 in Detroit, Mich. He was a naval pilot during World War II and a retired naval reservist. He worked as a civil engineer for the city of Dearborn from 1948-59, the Federal Aviation Agency as a air traffic controller in Albuquerque from 1959-1961 and at White Sands Missile Range as a range controller 1961-81. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Alamogordo.
He is proceeded in death by his wife of 64 year, Corine Dodd (2009) and his son Dennis Dodd (2007).
He is survived by his sons Gerald Dodd, of Alamogordo and Keith Dodd of Albuquerque; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He has been cremated and will be buried a the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 14th Street at Oregon at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church Flower Fund, 1318 14th St., 88310.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6, 2012