Ronald M. Dodd, age 69, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013. Let me tell you about my best friend. Ron was born May 12, 1944 in Prairie du Chien. At a young age Ron learned to love fishing and hunting and teasing his younger sisters, Kathy and Nancy. That special brother and sister bond remains today. Ron enlisted in the Army in 1961, served until 1964, and was honorably discharged in 1967. Ron then started his sheet metal apprenticeship in 1967, finished in 1973, and enjoyed being a union sheet metal worker for over 30 years. Over the years Ron appreciated and enjoyed the outdoors. Favorite times were teaching his children, Kevin and Robyn, to fish and enjoying their camping trips, many, many fishing trips to Canada with family and friends, Ron and Mary's get-away home in beautiful Cassville, pontooning and fishing on the Mississippi River. Ron enjoyed sports, especially the Packers, UW Men's Basketball, and home talent baseball. You could hear Ron say many times that the Mazomanie Mustangs were the real winners in sportsmanship. Life is really a dream come true!

Ron is survived by his wife, Mary and special step daughter, Becki (Ben); his children, Kevin and Robyn (Al) Wilson; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Kathy (Jerry) Majewski and Nancy (Greg) Anderson; special brothers and sisters-in-law; extra special nieces and nephews; cousins and many dear friends.

Special thanks and appreciation to Dr. Trier and staff at St. Mary's Hospital, Dr. Applegate and staff at St. Clare Hospital, Dr. Heun (what a guy!) and his Dean Oncology staff in Middleton and here at Sauk-Prairie Hospital, Prairie Clinic and Ron's favorite doctor and friend, Dr. McAuliffe. To the "Powerful 20", family and friends, words cannot express what a difference you made in our lives. Thank you Eanneli Pharmacy, Home Health United Pallative Care and Hospice Care, as you made Ron feel that everything would be okay in his final days.

At Ron's request there will be no services or visitation, just a private burial. In Ron's memory , please teach a child to fish. Memorials may be made to Sauk Prairie Food Pantry, Home Health United Hospice Care, or Prairie du Sac Fire Department.

"God knew you would never get well on earth again. He saw the road was getting rough and hills were hard to climb, so He closed your weary eyelids and whispered "Peace Be Thine".