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Donald B. Dedrick

Dover Plains, N.Y.

August 15, 1921 - February 24, 2012

Donald B. Dedrick, of Dover Plains, N.Y., passed away at Sharon Hospital, Sharon, Conn., on Feb. 24, 2012.
Born Aug. 15, 1921, in Putnam, Mr. Dedrick was the son of the late Clarence and Alice (Ottenburgh) Dedrick. He graduated from Ticonderoga High School in 1939 and attended SUNY Plattsburgh.
He enlisted as a naval aviator cadet in 1943 and graduated from Pensacola Naval Air Station where he continued as a flight instructor. He also flew transports in the Pacific Theater. In 1952, during the Korean War, Mr. Dedrick was recalled to active duty. He transferred to the U. S. Coast Guard and flew fixed wing airplanes and helicopters on search and rescue. He remained in the active reserve program until he retired as a commander in 1981.
Mr. Dedrick joined Prudential Insurance Company in 1947 as a sales representative. He started the Donald B. Dedrick Agency, a general insurance agency in 1957. Mr. Dedrick served as a director and chairman of the board of Pawling Savings Bank as well as a director of Progressive Bank, Inc. He was also a trustee and chairman of the Board of Trustees for Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn. Active in the community, Mr. Dedrick as a life member and past president of the J. H. Ketcham Hose Company and past president and charter member of the Dover Rescue Squad which he helped organize. He was also a charter member, life member, and past president of the Town of Dover Lions Club, a life member and past commander of American Legion Post #1949, a life member of the V. F. W. Post #5444, a life member of the Dover PTSA and a charter member and past president of the Town of Dover Historical Society. Mr. Dedrick was also chairman of the Town of Dover Bicentennial Committee, a member of the Dover Masonic Lodge, a life member of the Elks Club, and a member and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Second Baptist Church in Dover Plains.
On Jan. 23, 1944, in Dover Plains, Mr. Dedrick married the former Doris Hufcut who survives at home. He is also survived by his daughters, Donna Reimer and Betsy Humeston, both of Dover Plains; a son, Jay Dedrick of Wassaic; five granddaughters, seven great grandchildren, his sisters, Joyce Barker of Crown Point and Norma Carrier of Dacula, Ga., and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert.
Calling hours were held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at the Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains. The J. H. Ketcham Hose Company conducted services at 7 p.m. Funeral services took place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at the Second Baptist Church, 29 Mill St., Dover Plains, with Rev. Jon Carter officiating. Burial followed at Valley View Cemetery, Dover Plains. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Second Baptist Church, P.O. Box 646, Dover Plains, NY 12522. To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.hufcutfuneralhome.com.