May 20, 2024

Joe Dodd (1946-2024)

Posted May 20, 2024 6:20 PM
Joe Dodd
Joe Dodd

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May 20, 2024, at 10:30 AM at the Sumner Community Church East Campus in Sumner, NE. The Burial will be held at 2:00 PM at the Ansley Cemetery in Ansley, NE with Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to Wounded Warrior, Sumner Commercial Club, or Sumner Saddle Club. A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 19th from 3:00 to 6:00 PM with family greeting from 5:00 to 6:00 at Govier Brother Mortuary in Broken Bow, NE. Govier Brothers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Joseph Burnell Dodd, known affectionately as Joe, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2024, in Kearney, Nebraska. Born on November 18, 1946, in La Junta, Colorado to Jake (Roy) and Irene Dodd (Getman),  Joe graduated from Kit Carson High School in 1965.

 Joe Dodd, a faithful husband, a loving father, a proud grandpa, and a cherished friend, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and warmth. He first found joy in his marriage to Diana Brown, with whom he welcomed two wonderful children, Michelle (Pearson) and Jake Dodd. Though their paths eventually diverged, Joe's commitment to family remained unwavering. He later found renewed happiness with Jeannie (Scott) Dodd, who stood by his side with love and support until the moment he passed. Joe's life was marked by his enduring love for his children and grandchildren and the cherished moments spent with family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

 Joe served in the Navy in the Vietnam War as a River Rat; he went up the river to take in supplies and ferry back wounded soldiers.  He returned to Kit Carson, CO, and then eventually moved to Eddyville, NE where he worked for Tom Ferguson and Homer Rhode and then for CO-OP.  He eventually went to work for Dawson County Roads, where he retired.  On the weekends and evenings, he would help Dwayne at Steven’s Welding Shop as well as fixing fence for local farmers.

 Joe loved the Sumner community.  He was a part of the Sumner Saddle Club, Sumner Commercial Club, and the American Legion.  He was best known for announcing the Fourth of July Parade and hiding the eggs for the Sumner’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt.  He loved to fish, spend time with his friends at the Burwell campground and in Mesa, Arizona where Joe and Jeannie spent the winters.  He never knew a stranger and everyone he met was a friend.  

 Surviving family members include wife, Jeannie Dodd, daughter, Michelle Pearson, son Jake (Shavonne) Dodd, stepson Scott (Tiff) Moore, grandchildren: Jericca (Ashton) Makovicka, Alexis (Sam) Folkers, Bailey (Dakota) Reinert, Cassie Dodd, Wyatt Dodd, Tatum and Keely Moore; great-grandchildren Declynn and Alijah Makovicka, Hayden Folkers; nephews: Trevor and Trent Scott; brother-in-law, Dale (Kathy) Scott; step brothers-in-law: Don (Sandy) Kraus, Tom (Dian) Kraus; step sisters-in-law: Janet (Randy) Loughran, Deb (Dallas) Burroughs, Rhonda Greene, the Carol Schroeder Family and the Trotter Family.  

 Preceded in death by dad Jake (Roy) Dodd, mom Irene Getman, stepdad Frank Getman, brother Cub (Clyde) Dodd, in-laws Wayne Scott, Helen Scott, and Eleanor Scott, step sister-in-law, Cheryl Davidson, step brothers-in-law: Herbie Heckman, Jim Davidson, and John Greene, and his beloved dog Misty.