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Robert T. Dodder Council Bluffs

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 8:23 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 8:41 a.m. CDT

Robert T. Dodder, 84, of Council Bluffs died Aug. 10, 2013, at Hospice With Heart in Glenwood.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Broadway United Methodist Church in Council Bluffs. Internment was in Ridgewood Cemetery in Council Bluffs. Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be given to Iowa Wesleyan College in care of Robert T. Dodder Scholarship fund and Broadway United Methodist Church.

Robert T. Dodder was born March 24, 1929, in Washington.

Robert graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant in 1951, then earned a Master of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1955. He also received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from IWC in 1972.

Robert was a United Methodist minister in Iowa since beginning as a student pastor in 1950. He served in churches in Morning Sun, Wilton-Moscow, Guthrie Center-Bowman Chapel, Wapello, Creston, Ankeny, Burlington First Methodist and Hazel Dell. He was superintendent of the Council Bluffs District from 1970 to 1976, and served as dean of the Cabinet of the Iowa Annual Conference under Bishop James S. Thomas.

Robert served in many positions of the United Methodist Church, including chairperson of the conference and north central conference finance and administration, member of the General Board of Publications, investment and finance subcommittees, Conference Board of Pensions, World Methodist Council, Board of Higher Education and secretary of the IWC Board of Trustees. He also was a delegate to the General Conference of 1968, North Central Jurisdictional Conference and World Methodist Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. He volunteered at Jennie Edmundson and Mercy hospitals in Council Bluffs and the Iowa Democratic Party.

Robert is survived by his wife Irene Brucker Dodder, whom he married in 1998; daughters, Sara Dodder Furr (KC) of Lincoln, Neb., and Joanna Dodder Nellans (Bruce) of Prescott, Ariz.; and grandchildren, Robert Alcorta, Johnathan and Jaakobah Hartman, Elizabeth Larson, Michaela Ginn, Lindsay Fulkerson and Nathaniel, Abigail and Eleanor Furr; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Harrison and Leora (Taylor) Dodder; first wife Patricia (Hamlin) Dodder; daughters, Rebecca (Dodder) Hartman and Debra Dodder; and brothers, Daryl, Paul  and twin Richard Dodder.

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