Charles W. Lodge of Charlton, MA, formerly of Walpole, MA, passed away peacefully on March 22nd in Okatie, South Carolina. He was 97 years old. He was predeceased by Patricia Lodge, his loving wife of 70 years. He was born in Scio, Ohio on February 8, 1924 to Harry and Marguerite Lodge. He was predeceased by his brother Harry Lodge and his wife Betty, sisters Marguerite Lodge, June Lodge and Martha Freese and her husband Robert and his sister-in-law Ann Zeigler and her husband Ned Zeigler. Charles served his country in World War II with the 1056th Port Construction and Recovery group. After the war, Charles earned a B.A. from Miami University and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin. He spent most of his career as a writer for the Foxboro Company, Creamer, Inc. (formerly Horton, Church & Goff), and Cahners Publishing. A man of deep faith, he was an active member of Epiphany Parish of Walpole for many years, where he served on the vestry, as an usher, and in several officer positions. Later he worshipped at St. Paul’s Church, Millis and Christ Church, Rochdale. He was a Master Mason and member of Azure Lodge Walpole for 63 years. He enjoyed golf, baseball, attending Walpole High football games and any number of his children’s and grandchildren’s school and sporting events.
He is survived by his children, David Lodge of Lakeville, MA, Thomas & Terri Lodge of Okatie, SC, James & Susan Lodge of Treasure Island, FL, Anne Lodge & Polly Irish-Lodge of Everett, WA and Mary & Greg Pratt of Laguna Niguel, CA. He cherished and was cherished by his grandchildren David & Laura Lodge, Mary & TJ Becker, Susan & Connor Smart, Sarah Lodge, Allison & Ryan Forsman, Jonathan Lodge, Lauren & Henri Floris, Kellie & Joseph Frissora, Melissa Lodge, Carrie Pratt, John Pratt, Joseph Pratt and Samson Irish-Lodge and great-grandchildren Anna Becker, Jillian Forsman, Lavinia Floris, Marigold Floris and Thompson Lodge. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the Fieldstone staff at the Overlook Communities in Charlton for their care of their father as well as the Friends of Caroline Hospice for the comfort they provided in his final days.
A wake will be held at Alexander F. Thomas & Sons Funeral Home, 45 Common Street, Walpole, MA from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 15th, followed by burial at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton, MA. A memorial service will be held at Epiphany Parish Walpole, MA at a later date.
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