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Michael J. Dulkiewicz Sr., tool and die maker, decorated veteran of World War II

July 19, 1919 – Feb. 27, 2016

Michael J. Dulkiewicz Sr., of Basom, a retired tool and die maker and a decorated veteran of World War II, died Saturday in the New York State Veterans’ Home in Batavia after a brief illness. He was 96.

Born in Donora, Pa., he came to Buffalo with his family as a child and was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. He worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps and served in the National Guard before he was drafted into the Army in 1944. He served in the 104th Infantry Division in the Rhineland and the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

After returning to civilian life, he changed his surname to Dulkevich. He worked for American Machine and Foundry and had a farm in Alden. Later he joined the Merchant Marine, then moved to California in the late 1950s, where he was a tool and die maker and a machinist for Peterbilt Trucks. He retired in the mid-1980s.

In California, he was a district deputy grand master for the International Organization of Odd Fellows, volunteer dispatcher for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and a member of the board of directors of the Valley Churches in Santa Cruz. An amateur radio enthusiast, his call letters were KF6KHG.

He returned to this area in 2000 and lived in Basom until last year. He was a life member of Twin Village Post 463, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Depew, and a member of Hiram G. Luhman Post 626, American Legion, in Basom.

Survivors include four daughters, Agnes Lindsley, Marian Morrison, Elena Christi and Diane Dulkevich; two sons, Michael J. Jr. and Steven; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at Paul A. Kloc Blossom Chapels, 4680 Clinton St., West Seneca, following visitation there at 6 p.m.

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