FULTON, NY – It is with great sorrow that the family of Meldon “Mel” Dodge, of Oswego, announces his passing on Thursday October 1, 2015, after a long illness.
He was born in Bundyville, NY, on April 22, 1929, to the late Frederick and Marion Baker Dodge.
Mel had many interests and business endeavors throughout his life.
He was employed with Osborne Paper Mill, Columbia Mills as a machinist and Nestles as a mechanic in his early years.
He had owned several businesses of his own with his wife, Georgia, including Gold Crown Billards, The Sandwich Truck, Coin-Op Amusements and Putman & O’Brien Corporation.
Mel was the quartermaster for Scriba V.F.W. for many years.
He was also a stock car driver and began racing in 1949.
It was Mel and Dante Raponie who first talked Harry Caruso to go and see a race.
Harry became so enthused with racing he decided to sponsor Mel’s car.
In 1951, Harry opened The Oswego Speedway and Mel ran most of the decade missing only 1952-1953 season to serve in the US Navy.
In 1965, Mel decided to retire from racing to work full-time in his business Coin-Op Amusements.
In 1987, they bought out the Putman & O’Brien Corporation and merged it with Coin-Op which is still running today under the name Putman & O’Brien.
Mel was an intelligent businessman, beloved husband and a loving father and grandfather.
He will be missed by many but has left an incredible legacy that will live on.
Mel was predeceased by his daughter, Laurie Dodge, in 1988; brother, Gordon (Barbara) Dodge; two sisters, Elizabeth (Cyril) Edmunds and Edith (Hubert) Abbott.
He will be greatly missed and forever loved by his wife, Georgia Bellinger Dodge; seven children, Joseph (Patricia) Dodge, Barry Dodge, Valorie (Edward) Oleyourryk, Rebecca (Robert Gilmore) Dodge, Brenda (Thomas) Fletcher, Frederick Dodge and Melanie (Scott) Dodge-Stafford; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Doris (Joseph) Welch; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be on Monday, October 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Volney.
Foster Funeral Home, Inc.