Gary Lee Dodson

August 5, 1938 ~ December 27, 2020 (age 82)


Gary L. Dodson, 82, passed away on 12/27/2020.  He was the husband of Luanne Dodson for 46 years.  

Born in Smithville, MO, he was the son of R.W. And Kathleen Dodson.  He attended Northwest Missouri State, prior to enlisting and serving in the Navy, he was stationed on the USS Yorktown.  He graduated from Rockhurst University in 1970.  Following retirement from General Motors and Force America, he enjoyed working occasionally for Bolin Hydraulics in St. Joseph, MO.

He was a member of the Smithville American Legion.  He enjoyed boating on Smithville Lake, keeping his automobiles in tip top shape, Chiefs football, and mentoring his seven children on life.  He was an avid NASCAR fan and was blessed to have attended several NASCAR races around the country.  In spite of his fight with Parkinson’s for over 25 years he always maintained his quick wit and engaging personality.

He is survived by his wife and seven children: Pam Chambers (Chuck), Linda Hardin, Don Dodson (Jennifer), Nancy Holton (Lonnie), Kim Dodson Thoma (Jeff), Donna Salyer (Clay), Rachael Fair (Reggie) As well as 21 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren with one more on the way, and one great-great grandchild on the way!

The family observed a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research.  Please visit Gary's tribute page at https:://


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