TILTON — James (Jim) Wiley Dodge, 86, died Sunday September 15, 2013.
The Son of James Barrett and Elizabeth (Wiley) Dodge, he was born on August 18, 1928, in Laconia, NH.
Jim was a longtime resident of the Lakes Region and in later years, Naples, Fla. He was a partner in his family's resort hotels, The Inn at Steele Hill, The Squam Lakes Club & Inn and others, he oversaw the management and preservation of the Dodge Woodlands. In the 1960's formed the excavating contracting business of J.W. Dodge and Son, with son John T. Dodge III. Later, Jim and his wife Janet, established the J.W. Dodge Restaurant Equipment supply store in Lochmere.
He was active in local and state politics; serving for close to two decades as selectman of Tilton, a member of the State of New Hampshire Constitutional Convention and numerous local committees and boards. A recipient of the Lakes Region Mental Health Center Community Service Award. As an avid ox- and horse-man, and collector of antique vehicles, wagons and steam engines, he was a regular participant in local parades and celebrations.
James was predeceased by his parents, bother John T. Dodge II, son Stephen E. Dodge, Father in-law Byron Hedblom, Son in-law Mark Dawson and first wife Arlene A. Lawrence.
He is survived by his wife Janet Hedblom Dodge of Naples, Fla, his children Sheila Dodge Guillette of Plainfield, Vt., John T. Dodge III and his wife, Sheila, of Sanbornton, Katherine Dodge Dawson of Tilton, James B. Dodge II of San Francisco, Calf., Daniel R. Dodge of Hillsboro Beach, Fla. and Campton, Wendy L. Obara and her husband Gerry of Genève, Switzerland, Byron L. Minor and his wife Carrie of Sanbornton, Michael P. Dodge of Naples Fla, Kelly Dodge of Naples, Fla, mother-in-law Doris Hedblom of Naples, Fla., daughters-in-laws Charlotte Dodge of Fulton, N.Y., and Ella Bucklin Dodge of Hill, nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
There will be a private family service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations can be made to NH Hospice & Palliative Care Org, 125 Airport Road, Concord, NH 03331