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Calvin G. Dommke

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BENNINGTON Calvin G. Dommke, 80, a resident of Gore Road, died Saturday, July 10, 2004 at the Vermont Veterans Home in following a long illness.

Born in Bay City, Mich., Oct. 28, 1923, he was the son of the late George F. Dommke and Marcella (Swift) Dommke. He received his early education in Bay City and later attended Michigan State University before graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in science and physical education.

Mr. Dommke served as a paratrooper with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, from 1942 until 1945. Injured in action, he met his future wife, the former Elizabeth Utley, while recovering in a U.S. Naval Hospital where she was serving as a Navy nurse. They were married in Forrest Hills, Calif. Mrs. Dommke died Feb. 14, 1982.

Mr. Dommke taught science in various high schools and junior high schools in both Vermont and New Hampshire during his career. He also was a long-time coach of both girl’s basketball and softball and was the coach of a girl’s basketball team from Stevens High that won the New Hampshire state championship.

He was a member of DAV Chapter 4, American Legion Post 13 and a life member of VFW Post 1332, all of Bennington.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Dommke enjoyed hunting and fishing and was happiest when teaching these skills to his oldest grandson, Brian. Spending time with family and friends was his main interest.

He will be sadly missed by his twin sons and their wives, Ronald and Barbara Dommke and Ross and Janine Dommke, all of Bennington. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Brian, Sarah, Rebecca, Ross Jr. and Johanna and by seven great-grandchildren, Logan, Jason, Katie, Haley, Tristin, Tyler and Phoebe; a sister, Sharon Harrell.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

At Mr. Dommke’s request there will be no calling hours.

Burial will take place in the family lot in Union Cemetery, Claremont, N.H.

Should friends desire, contributions in Calvin G. Dommke’s memory may be made to either the activities fund at the Vermont Veterans Home or the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 12, 2004
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