RANDOLPH - Donald L. Dexter, 91, formerly of 4 Dean St., Randolph, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing in Gerry.
He was born March 23, 1922, in Randolph, the son of the late Ralph and Margaret Sullivan Dexter.
Don was a 1940 graduate of Randolph Central School, after which he went on to apprentice at Buxton Machine in Buffalo, and while there he was involved with the Manhattan Project during World War II and helped manufacture switches for the atomic bomb. Returning to Randolph, he and his brother Francis owned and operated the Randolph Register, and later the Metallic Ladder Corporation in Randolph. Following the death of his brother, after the sale of the businesses, Don began working for Borden Inc. as a draftsman and was also the international sales manager. Upon his retirement, he worked for Potter Supply Company in Hamburg, as a salesman and also a furniture building business out of his home and was a bingo inspector.
Mr. Dexter was a communicant of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Randolph, served with the Knights of Columbus and was the longtime secretary/treasurer for the church cemetery, served as a board member for the Randolph Central School Board of Education, and trustee at the Randolph Children's Home. His interests were golf, woodworking and caring for his spectacular lawn and gardens. Don was a member of Cardinal Hills Golf Course and was a club champion when it was known as Conewango Folks Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen Lieber Dexter, whom he married on June 23, 1944; three sons: Thomas Dexter and wife, Norma, of Akron, Ohio, Francis (Paula) Dexter of Randolph, and Larry Dexter and wife, Barbara, of Randolph; two daughters: Linda Ferrucci and husband, Nunzio, of Allegany, and Sharon Lerow and husband, Dave, of Tega Cay, N.C.; 15 grandchildren: Jeff Zink and wife, Teresa, of Olean, Jim Zink and wife, Niki, of Allegany, Lisa Fries of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Chris Dexter and wife, Amy, of Asheville, N.C., Ryan Dexter and wife, Jessica, of Providence, R.I., Curtis Dexter and wife, Rena, of Austin, Texas, Randy Dexter of Randolph, Bill Dexter of Akron, Wendy Violette and husband, John, of Akron, Thomas Lerow and wife, Emily, of Tega Cay, Nick Lerow and wife, Jeannie, of Tega Cay, Heather Pecarro of Tega Cay, Cassie Taber and husband, Paul, of Lakewood, N.Y., Amanada Carlson of Salamanca. and Jacquie Dexter of Jamestown, N.Y.; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Francis and Mortimer.
The family will receive friends on Friday, April 26, 2013, from 4-7 p.m., in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Saturday, April 27, 2013, in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Randolph, with the Rev. Joseph Janaczek as the celebrant. Inurnment will be In St. Patrick's Cemetery, Randolph.
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Memorials may be sent to the Randolph Fire Company, 70 Main St., Randolph, NY 14772.