Frederick W. Dobbertin, age 78, of Otto, died Dec. 24, 2013.
A retired DOCS Sergeant, he worked at Green Haven, Bedford Hills and Collins Correctional Facilities. His last capacity as Outside Sergeant was fulfilling for him, giving him an opportunity to help communities accomplish needed work through inmate gangs. He received many letters of gratitude for the services performed.
Mr. Dobbertin was very proud of his service to his country, stationed in Germany with the 7th Army and 7822 European. He went on to join the NYS National Guard 156th field battery unit serving with his two sons.
He was an active Webelos Den Leader for the Boy Scouts of America and en-joyed sharing his experiences with his sons and their friends.
When he came to Western New York, he was part of the 243rd Medical Detachment in Buffalo. When he retired in 1990, he was a well-decorated Sergeant with over 30 hears of service.
He was a member of the Little Valley American Legion, VFW and AMVETS posts, serving many years on the Honor Guard. His community service also included seven years as Town of Otto Code Enforcement Officer; a term as a Town Councilman; volunteer with Loaves and Fishes in Buffalo; cook for Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department SRO Camp; and provider of vehicle support to the yearly Cattaraugus/Little Valley CROP Walk.
His memberships includ-ed the Western PA Conservancy, Slovenian Club, various nature organiza-tions, Masonic Lodge #620, East Otto UMC where he served on multiple committees, AARP and Ellicottville Sportsmen's Club. Among his hobbies were oil painting, golf, camping, fishing and wood-crafts.
He was the husband of Kay Ross-Dobbertin; son of the late William Dobbertin and Agnes Etta (Riker); fa-ther of Kathleen (Michael) Slattery of Springville, Frederick G. (Teresa) Dobbertin of Newburgh and Kenneth (Branka) Dobber-tin of Arlington, VA.
Predeceased by a daughter, Barbara; brother of Sue (predeceased Robert) Howard of Rural Hall, N.C., Marlene (John) Terracina of Newburgh and June (predeceased Richard Crawford) of Post Halls, ID.
Also survived by five grandchildren, one great grandson and many nieces and nephews and beloved pets.
Friends may call at the Mentley Funeral Home Inc., 411 Rock City St. in Little Valley, NY today from 7-9 p.m.
Funeral service and military honors will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. from the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to any charity concerned with nature or animals.