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Kevin Patrick Dodd
September 27, 2023
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Fair Winds and Following Seas to SK1 (SW/SWCC) Kevin Patrick Dodd, age 58, formerly of Columbus, Ohio. Kevin passed peacefully on September 27, 2023, in Vero Beach, FL, following a brief illness.
Kevin grew up in Columbus and attended St. Timothy Elementary, Bishop Watterson HS, and Centennial HS. After graduating from Centennial HS, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he had a very successful twenty-one-year career. He retired from the Navy in 2005.
During his time in the Navy, he served with nine commands, was stationed in Sicily for two years, and deployed onboard four different ships: USS Kalamazoo (84-88), USS Sumter (92-93 as part of the decommissioning crew), USS Ticonderoga (93-95) and USS Detroit (02-05 traveling through the Suez Canal).
Kevin had the privilege of crossing both the Arctic Circle and the Equator, gaining distinction in the Navy as a bluenose and a shellback. Kevin’s commendations included numerous Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, multiple Navy Unit Commendation Medals along with earning three prominent warfare pins: Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist (EAWS), Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS), and Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC). Kevin truly embodied the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
In retirement, Kevin enjoyed spending time outside watching his dog Charlie try to catch wild animal friends, sharing photos of his air fryer delicacies, reading Stephen King novels, and completing his large print crossword puzzles. He had fun fishing, playing and watching golf, loudly cheering for his favorite sports teams, including the Fighting Irish, the Buckeyes, and the Cleveland Browns, and watching NASCAR races.
Kevin’s greatest joy came from family. He cherished being a father and grandfather. He was the first to acknowledge a birthday or special milestone and he would often brag about the successes of his daughters and sons-in law, as well as his nieces and nephew. Our family will miss his booming laugh, his ineptitude at texting, and his fierce and protective love.
Kevin enjoyed making friends, laughing with and being around people. He leaves behind many friends and neighbors who will miss his laughter, corny jokes and friendly insults.
Kevin is survived by his wife, Jennifer Osinski Dodd, daughters, Samantha (Frank) Fluharty and Kacie (Hunter) Mastronardi, stepdaughter Rebecca Osinski, grandson, Wylie, father, Michael Dodd, Sr., siblings Paige (Brad) Ryan, Brian (Emily) Dodd, and Patrick (Briana) Dodd, nieces Sydney and Sarah Ryan, and the Queen niece, Charlotte Dodd, his beloved dog Charlie, many cousins, Navy brothers, and countless friends.
Many beloved family members will greet Kevin at the pearly gates, including older brother and often-times tormentor, Michael Dodd, Jr., nephew, Bryson Dodd, Uncles Tom, Jim and John Dodd, Mother, Sue (Diltz) Dodd, Mother, Judy (McGreevey) Dodd, and other cherished relatives and brothers in arms.
The family will receive visitors at Egan-Ryan Funeral Home, 4661 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 4:30 to 6:30. We invite you to join us for a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, October 13, 2023, Saint Timothy Catholic Church, 1088 Thomas Lane, Columbus, 43220 where we will share Kevin stories. Following mass, Kevin’s ashes will be interred with military honors at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, 6440 S. High Street, Lockbourne, Oh, 43137.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, those who wish to express sympathy follow Kevin’s example by supporting a charity close to his heart. Kevin had personal connections with the United States military service members and their families, the VFW, AFSP, national parks, and animal rescues.