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The Telegram
  • Richard L. Dager

  • Richard L. Dager, 81, of State Route 29, died unexpectedly on Feb. 5, 2013, at his residence.

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  • Richard L. Dager, 81, of State Route 29, died unexpectedly on Feb. 5, 2013, at his residence.
    Mr. Dager was born on April 5, 1931, in Herkimer, a son of the late Andrew and Minnie (Lamphere) Dager. He received his education in local schools and entered the U.S. Army in 1952. Richard served with the 3rd Division 10th Engineer Combat Battalion during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1954 at the rank of sergeant. He was previously married to the former Barbara Cool and in his early years worked as a farmer and at local factories. On July 13, 1968, he was united in marriage with the former Lorraine E. Crossett at the Newport United Methodist Church. For over 20 years he was employed at Remington Arms in Ilion from where he retired as a supervisor in 1994. Lorraine preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 2004.
    Richard was a member and past-commander of the Middleville Memorial Post No. 7220 V.F.W. and a member of West Canada Valley Post No. 1524 American Legion, Newport. He was also a member of the Fairfield Restorations Association and was of the Methodist faith.
    Survivors include his five children, Richard Dager and his companion, Linda Getman, of St. Johnsville, Vicky Dager and her companion, Gary Lamphere, Sr., of Salisbury, Debra Sicilia and her companion, Rick Steele, of St. Johnsville, Teresa Dager and her companion, Matt Wright, of Dolgeville, and Jennifer Lamphere and her husband, Greg, of Little Falls; his twin sister, Rita Kelly, of Boonville; his brother, Kenneth Dager and his wife, Joanne, of Forestport; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Linda Robbins and her husband, Hank, of Newport, and Louise Oldfield and her husband, Dan, of Fairfield; two brothers-in-law, Les Crossett and his wife, Charlene, of Newport, and Larry Crossett, of Utica; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, Lorraine, he was predeceased by a sister, Mary Hartman, and a brother, Andrew Dager, Jr.
    In accordance with Richard’s wishes, private graveside services will take place at Middleville Rural Cemetery in the spring, where military honors will be conferred by the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard and local veterans. There are no public calling hours.
    Memorials may be made to Fairfield Restorations Association, P.O. Box 44, Middleville, NY 13406.
    Arrangements are entrusted to Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport.
    Online tributes at www.autenrithfuneral.com.
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