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Fredrick Levy Dodson
1939 - 2018

Fredrick L. Dodson, 78, of Decatur passed away Monday, March 12th, 2018 at DMH
surrounded by his family.

Fred was born in October of 1939 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of James and Mildred
Dodson. He was an avid Cubs fan, never met a stranger and enjoyed sharing old stories
while visiting with family and friends.

He is survived by his brothers Jim and Ron Dodson; children: Jacina (Scott) Cookson,
Rick (Sherry) Dodson, Tony (Lisa) Dodson, Troy (Jill) Dodson, Chad Dodson and
Chassity (Paul) Foster; his companion of  23 years Diane Nihiser and her children Gina
(Mike) Ellis and Bobby (Nicole) Tussing; also a ton of grandkids and half ton of great

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marilyn, two wives and grandson
Mitchell Dodson.

Per his direction, he wishes to be cremated and in lieu of a memorial service he asked
that family and friends gather to swap memories and enjoy a fried chicken dinner in his

The family would like to thank the SIU Medical team at DMH for their compassion and
care, and send a special thanks to Dr. Charles Ellington – Your cowboy boots always
made our dad smile.

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