Catherine E. “Katie” Dodrill

December 21, 1930 ‒ April 17, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Catherine E. “Katie” Dodrill, age 90, passed peacefully on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Kobacker House in Columbus, with her loving family by her side, following a brief illness.

Katie was born December 21, 1930, in Marion, Ohio, the youngest of five children, to the late Eugene “Doc” and Leno (Oiler) Phillips.

One fateful day in Marion’s downtown, Katie met a dashing young man and veteran of the Korean War, Robert E. “Bob” Dodrill.  They quickly fell in love and married on January 25, 1948.  They shared fifty-three wonderful years of marriage and lovingly raised two children, Linda and Thomas.  Robert preceded her in death on June 24, 2001.

While her children were growing up, Katie took pride in caring for her family and was employed at Sears Department store as a sales representative for over twenty-five years.

Katie was a faithful member of the Prospect United Methodist Church until she and Bob moved from Prospect to Marion in the early 1990’s.  She then became a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, which now is the Crosswood United Methodist Church.  She also was a member of the Marion Country Club, the Artisan’s Guild, and the Blue Thong Society.

Throughout her life, Katie loved fashion. No matter the occasion, she was always dressed to impress and loved compliments.  She especially loved shopping at her favorite store, Jeffrey Thomas, owned by her son and his partner.

Katie loved to travel and over the years made her way to places that were warm and sunny but also enjoyed the nightlife of dining and dancing.  Later in life, she enjoyed trips to New York to see Broadway shows and many vacations to Florida with family and friends, all to be cherished forever.

Katie was simply a delightful person in every way. She was fun-loving and had a way of lighting up the room with her warmth and charisma.

Left to cherish her memory are her two children: Linda Clingenpeel (David Palmer), and Thomas Dodrill (Jeffrey Ross), all of Columbus; two grandchildren: Kelli Rhyan and Chad (Jennifer) Clingenpeel; four grandchildren: Abby Rhyan, Matthew and Audry Clingenpeel, and Megan Douglas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Katie was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Daniel Clingenpeel; a special friend, Dale Bartow; two brothers: Carl & Herbert Phillips; and two sisters: Virgie Gray Shearer and Marey Prettyman.

Her family will greet friends from 10:30 – 11:30 AM on Friday, April 23, 2021, at the Crosswood United Methodist Church (address below).  Services honoring her life well lived, will follow there at 11:30 am, with Rev. Jennifer Bass officiating.  Masks will be required for anyone attending services at the church.  For those unable to attend, you can watch the livestream of her services via the Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel Facebook page, ( Entombment will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Her family would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to the wonderful staff at The Inn at Bear Trail; the loving care given by Linda Oehler of Joyce’s Angels; and the amazing staff of the Kobacker House for their tender care of Mom during her final days.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to serve Katie’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Linda and Tom, I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She is with the LORD now. We do not mourn as those who have no hope, because you will see her again. Be Blessed. Jon D Eager

  • Linda and Tom,
    I send my thoughts and prayers to you as you mourn the loss of your mother. Peggy and Tom spent many good times with your mother and father. I know they are all dancing together today. May your memories of the good times live forever in your hearts.

    Pauline Oehler

  • Linda, Tom and family, Gary and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of Katie. She has always been a very special person and everyone that knew, her loved her. She will be missed. You have our thoughts and prayers.

  • Linda and family Will be with you in spirit on Friday. Remember the good
    times. Happy Memories Love Ya Becky

  • Linda, Tom and Family, Katie was a wonderful friend and loved our many conversations! I met Katie and your Dad through my parents ! I then worked with Katie at Sears and what a fun time that was ! I will never forget the time a number of us flew to Chicago shopping/ there was never a dull moment! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Family!

  • Tom, I am so sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose a parent. My condolences to you and your family.

  • Dear Dodrill Family:

    Sincere condolences in the passing of your precious mother. Of course Jacqui and her mother were farm neighbors, I worked with Katie at Sears in the very early 80’s and we became friends. Our paths continued to cross throughout life and with mutual friends. She will forever be remembered for her engaging eyes, and most precious smile. Unfortunately schedules will prevent us from attending, but trust that she and you will be in our hearts tomorrow. She was a true gem, may her wisdom, and endearing smile forever rest upon your shoulders and forever in all of our hearts.
    Courage and Strength

    Clay and Jacqui Snyder

  • Linda and Tom – I will miss talking to my friend and next door neighbor, Katie. She was a special person and I always liked to see her – she was always dressed to the “nine’s”! Especially in the summer, we would sit either in her garage door or mine and discuss the world affairs.
    She was loved by a lot of people and will be missed for sure.

  • Sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful lady loved by all. Sending hugs and prayers.
    Ned & Terry Bumgarner