Delmer Dodrill, Class of 1970

Posted Jun 18, 2020

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Delmer Dodrill ’70 died June 1, 2020. Del was born on Nov. 3, 1944, in Westerville, Ohio, to Donald Everett and Dorcas Orlena (Hash) Dodrill.

Del graduated from Miffin High School in Columbus in 1962. Del studied at Asbury College and then graduated from Otterbein University with a BS in Education in 1970. He went on to receive a MS in Education at the College of Mt. Saint Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, in May of 1987. In August of 1997, he graduated from the North Central Jurisdictional Course of Study School held at Garrett Evangelical United Methodist Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He was ordained in June of 1997 at the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church as a deacon.

Del taught science at the junior high and middle school of Teays Valley Local School in Ashville, Ohio, for 30 years.

He loved working with young people, both teaching and coaching football, basketball, volleyball and track. He retired from teaching, at the same time as wife Phyllis, in 1998. Del also enjoyed summer and part-time employment as a professor at the Ohio Christian University in Circleville for 12 years and as a park ranger for the Columbus Metro Park System for two summers.

Del was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Dodrill, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Ogilvie Dodrill, their son, Craig (Lisa) Dodrill; grandsons Wesley Garrett Dodrill and Wyatt Ogilvie Dodrill; granddaughter Wynne Elizabeth Dodrill; brother, Rev. Denver (Marilyn) Dodrill; and sisters: Ethel Armstrong and Esther Huddle of Westerville, Ohio, and Etta Hammons of Gahanna, Ohio, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.