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Kenneth E. Dodge

Ken passed away Friday, November 8, 2019 at Life Care Center in Plainwell.

He was born August 3, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Lawrence and Thelma Dodge. Ken attended Penn State and Michigan State University and was a fisheries biologist for the Department of Natural Resources for 32 years until his retirement.

In his spare time Ken loved to hunt anything with feathers, fish, collect hunting decoys, go canoeing, antiquing, traveling and following Penn State, Michigan State and the Cleveland Indians. On June 18, 1971 he married Hazel Sharkey who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Dwane (Pam) Enos of Kalamazoo, Sue (Ray) Hoyt of Otsego and Terri Enos of Allegan; 2 grandchildren, Josh (Bri) Enos and Christopher Dalrymple; 2 great-grandchildren, Caleb Enos and Dakota Dalrymple; his brother, Carl Dodge; sister-in-law, Eileen (Joe) Hodges; brothers-in-law, David (Mary) Sharkey and Art Sharkey and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister and brother-in-law, Elinor (Tom) Eberhardt.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Ken’s family from 2-4 P.M., Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Ken may be made to

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan

or the charity of choice.

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Jeannie Wood

November 8, 2019 at 12:25 pm

Susie and Terri so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad was shocked when I seen this on facebook prayers to you both your mom and your whole family.


Paul Dodge Eberhardt

November 8, 2019 at 2:06 pm

So sorry to hear. He was a great guy. Always witty and able to laugh at himself.

I can’t tell you how many times Mom accidentally called me Ken in my childhood. He must have been the perfect big brother.


Jacquie Fillmore

November 8, 2019 at 4:16 pm

Hazel, Susie and Terri – So sorry to hear of the death of your husband and father. Keep the memories alive.

Love to you all

Jacquie Fillmore


Bob and Jo Chamberlin

November 8, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Hazel – Bob and I want to extend our sympathy on the loss of Ken. He was a super person. I will never forget the time I was driving home from work in my Checker car when a guy was walking along the road carrying a gun and was flagging me down. Of course it was Ken. He had floated the Gun River and wanted a ride back to his car. Of course everyone knew who I was driving the Checker. Please extend our sympathy to your entire family.

Bob and Jo Chamberlin


Joe and Eileen Hodges

November 9, 2019 at 3:18 pm

Ken was a wonderful guy and brother in law. We have many wonderful memories of family get togethers in the UP and when he and Hazel came to Gulf Shores in the winter. He was definitely a lover of the outdoors and any dog or cat he came in contact with. We will miss him .


Jeff Greene

November 9, 2019 at 7:51 pm

I worked with Ken in the Jackson District. He was a great back porch philosopher. Earlier in the week I was just sharing with another DNR retiree Ken’s definition of what a “jerk” was. He was always upbeat and positive.



November 11, 2019 at 2:47 am

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to you all. He was a great man and like d by many i am sure.

Hazel, Dewayne and Terri and Sue. My thoughts are always with you … My prayers begin!

Love u All!


Jim Peck

November 11, 2019 at 8:32 am

Ken and I shared our formative years in the DNR Fish Division at the Marquette Fisheries Station, shared many a beer at the Harvey Inn, shared many a day hunting and fishing, shared a cabin at Deertrack Village for a couple of years, and in later years shared our goings-on via an annual Christmas card. Ken was a great friend and will be missed. My condolences to Hazel and the family.


Bill Deephouse

November 11, 2019 at 11:42 am

Ken was always a pleasure to be around. Lots of laughs and stories and even a few beers. I enjoyed his company when we had Fisheries Regional staff meetings in Lansing or at In-Service Training at Roscommon. We even had enjoyable times working at “dead fish pick ups” at Lake Macatawa or the Columbia Reservoir. I considered him a wonderful friend and I think the world is a much poorer place without Ken in it. My sympathies to Hazel and family


Bruce Snyder

November 12, 2019 at 4:50 pm

So sorry to hear of the passing of Ken. My condolences to the family.

I was in DNR Law and I enjoyed working with Ken. He always had time to talk to you and was interested in what you were doing. Sometime in the converstations, we would always talkabout hunting.

Ken would always try to attend some of the DNR retiree luncheons that I would organize. He enjoyed conversing with those in the different divisions of the DNR. We all liked him!!

He will be missed.


Bill Gruhn

November 12, 2019 at 5:01 pm

I was very sad to hear of the passing of my good friend and occasional hunting partner Kenneth Dodge. my prayers are with you Hazel. He will be missed!

In Christ,

Bill Gruhn


Carol & Russ Hover

November 12, 2019 at 11:25 pm

Dearest Sue and Terri, Our deepest sympathy to both of you and your families. You both have played a special part in our lives and we pray God will give you peace and comfort during this challenging time. Hugs and Prayers, Carol & Russ Hover (aka Mom & Dad on Allegan St)


Jim Aho

November 13, 2019 at 12:57 pm

My heartfelt sympathies to Hazel and family. I will remember Ken as a supervisor and friend. A person that has changed my track in life for the better, both personal and career. He has made his good mark in this world for many others and in more ways then one.

Best Regards to All


Timothy Bureau

November 14, 2019 at 4:22 pm

Very sorry to hear about Ken passing. Sympathy and comfort to you Hazel. Ken befriended me when I first started at DNR in Plainwell. Always available to answer my questions with a smile, he helped me a lot. May the force be with you and may everyone have a friend and mentor like you.


Scott & Kathy Rex

November 14, 2019 at 11:50 pm

Our sincere and deepest sympathy for you and your family. May your memories Give you comfort during this difficult time.


Penny Dapser

November 18, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Hazel. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Dan Sherry

November 27, 2019 at 1:44 pm

Ken and I were classmates at MSU and co-aid workers in the UP during the summer of ’67. He was one of my favorites up in MI as we shared many school/work activities. My then-wife and I still use a word we’d never heard before when we’d hear him characterize things he considered great as ‘Godlike’ – he always seemed to say it with a special energy.

I moved to Tennessee after MSU (’68) and never communicated with Ken again. This past couple of years I’ve been trying to get contact information on him only to just now sadly learn of his passing. So sorry for this – wish I could have reconnected with Ken.


Kenn Holec

December 8, 2019 at 1:32 pm

I grew up accords the street from KEN. We shared time together fishing, bowling, playing softball, and just hanging out. I attended The Ohio State University so there was much conservation between us about college athletics. He was a special friend and my best man in our wedding. Hazel we are truly sorry for your loss. May God be with you and bless you


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