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Allen N. Dolph

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Allen N. Dolph
of Kokomo, Indiana
Allen Nelson Dolph, 89, of Kokomo, Indiana, formerly of New York, died at 10:10 p.m., Monday, February 28, 2005, at Waterford Place Health Campus, Kokomo. He was born September 17, 1915 in Nesbit, Nebraska, the son of John A. and Nora (Collins) Dolph. He married Sophie Alice Bajkowski on September 1, 1939 in Montrose, Pennsylvania, by Harold Tiffany Hinds, witnessed by Ida Bajkowski and Roland Koeb. He was a 1933 graduate of Brooklyn Pennsylvania High School, lettering in track and basketball. He joined Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial Methodist Church on January 14, 1951 and is still a member, attested to by Pastor Francis Freeman. He was employed at Felters Co., Inc., in Johnson City, New York, from January 1935 until September 27, 1943. He was inducted in the U.S. Navy on September 27, 1943, and honorably discharged on December 12, 1945 as an Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class. He was awarded the Victory Medal American Campaign. After being discharged, he returned to work at Felters Co. until the plant closed in 1951. He was hired at Link Aviation in Binghamton, NY, on June 2, 1952, retiring as boss of production on August 29, 1980. He was a member of the Indiana Department, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. His hobbies include gardening, beekeeping, and making wool hand-braided rugs. Surviving, in addition to his wife, is one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Gary E. Dolph, Professor of Botany at Indiana University Kokomo, Debra Doris Dolph, RN, BSN, honors graduate of Indiana University; granddaughters, Laura Lee Dolph Bosley, doctoral candidate at Ohio State University, and her husband, Eric Bosley, Ph.D. candidate at Ohio State University, Brenda Leigh Ann Dolph Betsinger, Parker Industries, Warsaw, Ind., and her husband, James Betsinger, engineer at Medtronic, Warsaw, Ind., Bethany Leah Dolph, student at IUK; and one great-granddaughter, Adia Betsinger, Brenda's daughter. He also leaves behind Abner, his favorite Scottish Terrier, as well as Annie. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harold Dolph; and one sister, Hazel Dolph.
Private family services were held Saturday at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 East Main, Russiaville, Ind., with Rev. Steve Sherwood officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Brooklyn, Pa. No public calling is planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Indiana University at Kokomo General Scholarship Fund. Arrangements are by the Barber Memorial Home, Inc., 428 Main St., Johnson City.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on Mar. 9, 2005
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