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  • Wilson 'Dodgie' G. Dodge, Jr.

  • Wilson "Dodgie" G. Dodge, Jr., 76, of Oppenheim and Dolgeville areas, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, May 13, 2012, at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York.

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  • Wilson "Dodgie" G. Dodge, Jr., 76, of Oppenheim and Dolgeville areas, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, May 13, 2012, at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York.
    Wilson was born on February 8, 1936, in Little Falls, NY, the son of the late Wilson and Helen Dodge. He attended Dolgeville Central School and graduated with the Class of 1955. Wilson also played football for the Dolgeville Semi-Pro Team after his graduation.
    Wilson lived on the Spencer Street family farm until the farm was sold in May of 1957. He worked all his life on construction. Wilson worked on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Massena, as well as in Old Forge, Fort Drum, Rochester, and West Virginia. He spent six months in Greenland and two years in Khartoum, Sudan, Africa.
    On February 19, 1965, he was united in marriage to his beloved wife, Muriel Hanno Dodge, in Khartoum, Africa. It was a blessed union of 43 years until her passing on December 31, 2008.
    Upon his return to Dolgeville in April of 1965, Wilson and his wife purchased their home on Lotville Road in Oppenheim. They also started their own excavating business and operated it for many years. He then went onto work for the Town of Oppenheim for several years. Wilson and Muriel owned several camps at Brantingham Lake, where they spent their weekends for many years. He always enjoyed having their many friends and families visit their camps.
    Wilson was an active member of the Dolgeville Athletic Association and served as president for many years, was a member of the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, and a 50 year member of the Dolgeville Masonic Lodge and the Dolgeville United Methodist Church. He was in charge of the airport at Hilltop and always kept busy mowing the field. He also enjoyed Dolgeville Central School football and attended the games whenever possible. Wilson was inducted into the Dolgeville Football Hall of Fame in 2006. For several years, Wilson was an airplane pilot and flew airplanes as a hobby. He was a NASCAR fan as well.
    He is survived by his loving family, a sister, Ruth Thompson and her husband, Gerald, of Dolgeville; two brothers, Robert Dodge and his wife, Judy, of Dolgeville, and William Dodge and his wife, Linda, of Clifton Springs, NY; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Penner and her husband, Ralph, of Chittenango, NY; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins; and his loving dog, Snooper, and his cat.
    Calling hours for Wilson will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, from 4-8 p.m. at Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York. Members of the Dolgeville Masonic Lodge will hold a service at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. to conduct their service. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday morning, May 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gertrude Ortlieb, pastor of Ingham's Mills Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow the service in Dolgeville Cemetery.
    Page 2 of 2 - The family has asked in lieu of floral offerings, that memorial contributions be considered to the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, 7770 State Highway 29, Dolgeville, New York 13329. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
    To leave a message of sympathy for Wilson's family, please visit www.millerplonkafuneralhome.com and sign the guest book.