George Dodrill was a man of his word and always did what he said he was going to do, said Laurel Dodrill, his wife of 53 years.
“He was honest, and you could trust what he said,” she said. “If he said he would do something, he would do it.”
George Dodrill, 83, of Valparaiso, died Nov 16 in Palm Harbor, Fla. He had owned and operated Dodrill Electric for many years and was a member of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Valparaiso.
He was a 50-year member of the Porter County Fair Board and had served on the Airport board of directors and the Civil Air Patrol.
Laurel Dodrill said she met her husband through a friend, and the couple were married seven weeks after they first met.
It was the second marriage for both. He already had four children and she had two, so they raised the six children as a blended family.
He had been a pilot, and for a time enjoyed operating a model helicopter. He also enjoyed the county fair and serving on its board.
Dodrill enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers, uncles and friends, and had been elk hunting in Colorado.
Laurel Dodrill said her husband was a good man who worked hard to provide for his family.
“He was a good guy,” she said. “He was a hard worker, and never stopped working, even after he retired.”