Thomas J. Dosch, an Army veteran of World War II and retired electrical engineer, died Monday in his Orchard Park home. He was 80.
Born in the Bronx, he was a graduate of Bronx Technical High School and attended the School of Forestry at Syracuse University.
Mr. Dosch, a resident of Orchard Park since 1973, served in the 104th Infantry Division during World War II and was captured by the German army and held as a prisoner of war in Parchem, Germany, for more than nine months. He was a corporal at the time of his discharge in 1945.
After the war, Mr. Dosch earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College, then a master's degree in electrical engineering from New York University.
As an electrical engineer, he worked for Reeves Instrument Corp. in Long Island and Florida, where he was director of engineering. He joined Sierra Research in 1972 and retired in 1987 as vice president of research and development.
Mr. Dosch held numerous patents in the field of radar tracking and detection systems.
In 1950, he married Constance Hurley of Bayport, and together they raised 11 children, teaching them a love of outdoor activity and a respect for nature. Connie Dosch died in 1982, after 32 years of marriage.
After the death of his wife, Mr. Dosch led a group of 11 family members on a six-week bicycle tour of France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
In 1984, he married Joan Kerr, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland. Avid travelers, they frequently traveled to Scotland and Germany.
Mr. Dosch continued an active lifestyle and enjoyed hiking or skiing at parks throughout Erie County, as well as family camping and canoe trips to the Adirondacks.
He also helped design and build exhibits for Explore & More, the East Aurora children's museum, and was a longtime volunteer for the Food Shuttle of Western New York.
In addition to his wife, survivors include nine children, Claudia Newton of East Aurora, Thomas K. of Shreveport, La., Diana of El Sobrante, Calif., Joseph of Alfred, William of Niskayuna, Daniel of Hamburg, Jeffrey of Amherst, Aimee of West Falls and Stacie of East Aurora, and 14 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial, followed by military honors, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, South Buffalo Street and Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park. Prayers will be said at 8:45 in F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, 6575 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Orchard Park.