Roger E. Ackley Sr.
ONEONTA — Roger E. Ackley Sr., 71, passed away suddenly on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta, with his family at his side.
He was born Oct. 3, 1942, in Utica, the son of Harry and Leona (Johnson) Ackley.
Roger married Carol Ann Dimmick on July 21, 1962, at the Main Street Baptist Church in Oneonta.
He was employed by Scintilla (Amphenol) and the D&H Railroad for many years, after which he moved on to become an employee of our local phone company. He retired as the Head of Corporate Real Estate at Verizon Telephone Co., Oneonta, after 37 ½ years of employment. Roger was a very dedicated man.
Roger was a member of the 6th Ward Athletic Club, the Oneonta Moose Lodge, and the Telephone Pioneers. He was formerly a coach for Little League baseball, Pee Wee Football, and a volunteer for the Boys Scouts of America.
He was an avid outdoorsman; enjoying hunting, fishing, gardening, making maple syrup and loved all animals, especially his dogs and chickens. Roger, better known as Grampa Dot, was a true family man always wanting to be involved when he could. He also enjoyed his many vacations with his family.
He is survived by his beloved family; his wife of 51 years, Carol Ann Ackley; their children, Roger Ackley II and his wife, Maryellen of Oneonta, Patricia Ann and her husband, Richard Rock of Oneonta, and Rodney Ackley and his wife, Lara of Oneonta. He also has seven grandchildren, Raven, Devin, Roger, Ryan, Riley, Mel, Jade; and two great-grandchildren, Brandon and Alexia. He also has several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother, Dennis Ackley.
Calling hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta. The funeral service will be at 5 p.m. with the Rev. T. Norman Moran, retired, officiating. There will be a gathering after the service at 6 p.m. at the 6th Ward Athletic Club on West Broadway, Oneonta.
A private burial will take place in the Oneonta Plains Cemetery later in the spring.
Donations may be made to Oneonta Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 1083, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Expressions of sympathy made be sent to www.lhpfuneralhome.com.