‹ Return to Current Obituaries
Send FlowersHand delivered by a local florist
Send a Sympathy Card
Plant Memorial Trees
Send a Sympathy Gift


St. Richard Catholic Church
Sunday August 19th, 2018
2:00pm - 8:00pm

View Details

Funeral Service

Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
Monday August 20th, 2018

View Details

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Robert's visitation.

Robert Allen Dodson

Robert Allen Dodson, age 78, lost his 11+ year battle with Alzheimer’s disease surrounded by the love of his family on August 14, 2018 at The Lakes of Sylvania, Sylvania, Ohio.

He was born on November 23, 1939 to Virginia (Braatz) and George Dodson in Toledo, Ohio.  He married his loving wife, Joy Newton on January 21, 1961.

Bob was a graduate of Swanton High School and attended Austin Peay State College in Clarksville, TN.  Bob served his country in the U.S. Army and then worked in construction for George L. Freeman Company and OCP until retirement.  He is a retired member of Carpenters Union 1138.  

Bob retired in 1999 and traveled with Joy in their motor home for 7 years.  They subsequently split their time between Texas and Ohio before returning to Swanton permanently.  While in Texas Bob enjoyed playing shuffleboard and won many tournaments.  Bob enjoyed reading, playing cards, golf and traveling.   

Bob was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and served on many boards and committees.  He was active in the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and was a Past Master of Triad Lodge 708 and current member of the Barton Smith Lodge.  Bob served the Swanton community as a councilman for many years.  Everything Bob did, he did well.  He was a great husband, father, friend and employee.  

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Joy Dodson; daughter, Robyn (Sean) McGhee; and brother, Mike Dodson; and many nieces and nephews.  

He was preceded in death by his son Robert; parents Virginia and George Dodson; siblings James, William, George, Raymond and Nancy.

Special thanks to the employees of The Lakes of Sylvania, The Lakes of Monclova, Great Lakes Hospice, special aide Vincent and Promedica Hospice for their loving care.

A gathering will be held on Sunday, August 19th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631).  Visitation will continue Monday, August 20th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, where services celebrating his life will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor J.T. Bean officiating.  Interment will follow at East Swanton Township Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to either Bob Dodson Scholarship for Trade Skills via Swanton Rotary, PO Box 151, Swanton, OH  43558 or Trinity United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 210 N Main Street, Swanton, OH  43558.  

Dearest Bob,
Today I let go of your hand but you will be in my heart forever.

We are comforted knowing that Bob Dodson knows who Bob Dodson is.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Robert Dodson, please visit our flower store.


Joy, I just heard of Bobs passing from Tori. Please accept my condolences. Bob was a good friend and awesome gentleman. Sure you will miss him.

Monte McGowen Sep 16 2018 12:00 AM

I always remember Bob as being one of the friendliest and kindest person I've ever met. I'm sure he will be missed
greatly by everyone. Sorry for your loss. God Bless you and your family.


Mike and Cheryl Mann Aug 19 2018 12:00 AM

J oy! I am sorry to hear about Bob, he will be missed. I am the one that walk him when he attended Hands of Grace Adult Day Care Center. We are very sorry and our prayers go out to you and your family. In Christ Name Anna Mae and Steve Royal!!!!

Anna Mae Royal Aug 18 2018 12:00 AM

Joy,Robyn and Sean we are sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.

Brenda & Don Kaczmarek Aug 17 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Dodson

Lenette O'Brien " Sami" Aug 17 2018 12:00 AM

Joy and family, Bob was a wonderful man and as councilman he was thoughtful and represented our community with character. It was a pleasure to work with him and I'm grateful he voted to give me a chance to work as Director of Finance for the village.
Charlie & I hope your happy memories will comfort you in the days and weeks ahead.

Barb & Charlie Guess Aug 17 2018 12:00 AM

Joy, Robyn and Sean...I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a wonderful man. Sending you heartfelt prayers.

Rose Butler Aug 17 2018 12:00 AM

Joy, Robyn, Im deeply saddened by your loss. Bob made an impact on my life thats difficult to explain. The carpenter skills he shared with me while building Paulette and Rogers home are still fresh in my mind and I often think of him while doing home projects. You have my deepest sympathy and will be in my prayers nightly. God Bless.

Dave & Stephanie Kott Aug 16 2018 12:00 AM

Joy, Robyn & Sean,

We are sure Bob Dodson does now know who Bob Dodson is. What wonderful memories we have of our times together Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you

Tom & Carol

Tom & Carol Bilang Aug 15 2018 12:00 AM

Joy, Robyn,Sean,
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you. He now is in Gods hands. He was a very nice man.

Tom & Carol Walborn Aug 15 2018 12:00 AM