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OBITUARIES May 30, 2017

1/25/2017 12:52:00 PM
Bill Gene Dodds, 86, Port Charlotte, Florida
Bill Gene Dodds
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Bill Gene Dodds

Bill Gene Dodds, 86 was raised in NV

Bill Gene Dodds, 86, of Port Charlotte, Florida, is now at rest with the Lord. He passed from this world on January 19, 2017 with his loving family and friends at his bedside where he and his wife resided. Bill was a Christian and attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Port Charlotte, FL. He married Betty Mann Dodds on August 20, 1950 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Seymour, Indiana. She survives with their three sons, Steve (Terry Jean) Dodds of Bloomington, IN., Nicholas Dodds of Margate, FL., and Cary (Laura) Dodds of Boca Raton, FL. Other survivors are grandchildren: Eric Dodds, Jennifer Dodds, Samantha (Jonathan) Gainer, Lisa (Andy) Close and Tim Dodds. Great-Grandchildren: Emma Dodds, Rosalee Gainer, Austin Gainer, Kaelyn Close, and Dylan Close.

Bill was born June 24, 1930 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was raised in North Vernon, Indiana by Evelyn and Norman Ray Dodds. He enjoyed hunting and fishing while growing up in Jennings County Indiana. His mother, Evelyn, died at an early age and he was raised by his father during the depression. Norman, his father, was a conductor and had a life long career on the B&O railroad. He was once quoted saying, "I didn't even know there was a depression."

In 1964 he started his first business Bill's Bicycle Repair and became known as a bicycle doctor. Shortly after opening the Bloomington Bicycle Mart he expanded in Lexington, KY with the opening of Dodds's Schwinn Cyclery. In 1972 he had an urge to move to Florida and sold the above businesses and opened Bicycle Doctor in Margate, Florida. His son Steve Dodds opened Bicycle Doctor USA in Bloomington, IN. in 1974 and continues to this day with his son Eric. Bill's son, Cary, took over the Florida business in 1997 and continues running it today in Boca Raton, Florida with his son Tim. Bill's son, Nicholas Dodds, also operated Bicycle Doctor in Connecticut and now resides in Margate, Florida. Nick is a licensed Realtor in the state of Florida. In 1997 Bill retired and relocated to Port Charlotte, FL. He later toured the United States and Canada with his wife Betty in their R.V.

Bill was well liked and loved by all who knew him. He had a gift of growing beautiful and exotic plants and flowers. He created a scenic mural that was the focal point of a patio area draped in flowering vines and plants. He loved to win at a card game called Tiki. He and Betty had a special tree where they picnicked at Gilchrist Park, relaxing and watching sunsets. That was also their base camp where he rested while Betty took bike rides.

Bill attended North Vernon Elementary and North Vernon High School and was self taught in his many vocations. He was a supervisor at Muscatatuck State School in North Vernon, Indiana and Madison State Hospital in Madison, Indiana. He managed Frisch's Big Boy restaurants in Kokomo, Bloomington and Columbus, Indiana. Bill was in Food management at Indiana University before becoming a full time entrepreneur.

There will be a memorial at a later date to be announced with final resting in Dupont, Indiana and at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda, Florida.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017
Article comment by: Max Clerkin

I knew Bill many years ago. He was a good family friend.

Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017
Article comment by: Lisa MacNeil

Many prayers for Bill's very close-knit and wonderful family. I wish for you all peace and strength.


Posted: Friday, January 27, 2017
Article comment by: Ted Collins

I always have cherished Bill's friendship. He was a soft-spoken, kind-hearted friend.. I will surely miss him.R.I.P. Bill. Looking forward to seeing him again on that resurrection morning



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