Sadly, the Southeast District’s MoDOT family recently lost two team members within a month of each other.
Senior Maintenance Worker Rick Davis from the Ellsinore shed and Information Systems Manager Bob Dodd passed on July 11 and Aug. 14, respectively. Both Rick and Bob inspired so many of their coworkers and friends with their optimism throughout their battles with cancer.
“Both Rick and Bob were brave and inspiring. They were so upbeat and had positive attitudes when it came to their treatment and doctor visits,” said Roxy Baldridge, SE Financial Services Manager. “I never heard these two men complain about their discomfort or inconvenience caused by their diagnoses.”
While it is a difficult time and Rick and Bob’s absences are already noticed, their legacies continue to live on in the memories and hearts of their friends and fellow coworkers. To celebrate their lives, their coworkers have shared their favorite memories, stories and thoughts. Click the links below to the read the tributes to Rick and Bob.
~ Tribute to Rick Davis ~
~ Tribute to Bob Dodd ~
Top right: Rick Davis (right) hopped on stage at Ryman Auditorium with Dewayne "Catfish" Ligons (left). The pair turned the stage set up for photo opps into a chance to perform! Never bashful, Rick continued to play the out-of-tune prop guitar and sing as tourists passed by.
Bottom left: Bob Dodd usually stayed behind the scenes, but in 2008 he stepped on stage to sing Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy. The karaoke performance was part of that year's effort to raise money for the Missouri State Employees Charitable Campaign. Click the image to the left or visit https://youtu.be/UD9J8OAnqsM to watch his performance!