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Pudge Dodd, 85, of Shelbyville, passed away peacefully at Macon Healthcare Center surrounded by family Saturday, December 18, 2021.
Pudge was born Leland Dwain Dodd on February 10, 1936, to Claude and Nellie Irene Haffner Dodd. He was married to Mary Alice Yost on June 8, 1983. She survives.
In addition to his wife, Pudge is survived by six children, Kenny Hedges (Nancy), Donnie Dodd, Paula Wilson (Mick), Lance Yost (Shelly), Georgia Ives (John) and Shane Yost (Christy); 13 grandchildren, Cale, Garrett, Daniel, Dennis, Aaron, Cody, Blaine, Nathan, Brittany, Tasha, Sean, Dillon and Jarron; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann Geisendorfer; one sister-in-law, Leda Dodd; and many nieces and nephews.
Pudge was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, George Dodd and Gene Dodd.
Growing up, Pudge loved playing baseball and played for the American Legion team in Bethel. He graduated from Bethel High School in 1953. Pudge served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Shelbyville Baptist Church. Pudge was an over the road truck driver for many years and also worked at the Shelbyville Elevator.
In 1989, Pudge and Mary opened Pudge’s Pub in Bethel. During the 18 years the Pub was open, many friends were made and good times were had. Those years were some of Pudge’s favorite times. Pudge loved sports, especially NFL football and Nascar. He also enjoyed fishing and going dancing on Saturday nights at the American Legion with Mary. Most of all, Pudge loved his family and enjoyed his children and grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 22, at 11 a.m. at Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina.
Visitation was held Tuesday, December 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial was held in Pleasant Prairie Cemetery, north of Bethel, following the service.
Memorials may be made to Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Shelbyville Baptist Church.