Patrick Dofka

DOFKA, Patrick Joseph Michael, 81, of Wheeling, West Virginia passed away at Liza’s place on July 13, 2013.

Patrick was the son of Marin and Bernelda Dofka.

He attended St. Michael’s grade school and graduated from Wheeling Central Catholic High School.

He first worked at the family owned grocery store and then entered the wholesale grocery business at Wheeling Wholesale Grocery Company in Wheeling. Later he became co-owner of Bell Markets, a grocery chain located throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Pat had a passionate love for the state of West Virginia, particularly for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources where he served as Commissioner for 20 years.

He worked for the betterment and improvement of sporting and preservation policies for the state of West Virginia and surrounding areas. Some of his favorite causes were Hunters for the Hungry, education and participation of children in nature, and handicap accessibility for sports enthusiasts.

Pat was instrumental in bringing the National Bass Master fishing tournament in the Ohio River at Wheeling in April 27-29, 1988.

He was an avid sportsman. He knew by heart most of the streams and fields of the entire State of West Virginia and could recall people, landmarks, and qualities of each district. He was a member of many sporting associations and received numerous awards.

As a member he gave support and backing to the Wildlife League of Ohio County, Ducks Unlimited, Bass Anglers Society, Trout Unlimited, Bowhunters Association, Muzzleloaders Association, and was appointed an Admiral in the Cherry River Navy of West Virginia.

For years he held office and was a member of the Elks Club and the Saint and Sinners Organization and worked for charitable causes including the Pat Dofka Golf Open.

He served the City of Wheeling as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals and as a member of the Advisory Council to the Department of Highway (Road Commissioner) he participated in the opening ceremony of the Wheeling tunnel. He also was an active member of the Democratic Executive Committee.

He is survived by his loving wife, Charline Manion Dofka whom he would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this Fall. They were parents of three daughters, Michele Young, Patty (Terry) Gilligan, and Katie Siegal of Wheeling. He was “Pap” to six grandchildren, Dr. Michael Buseman of Indiana, Pa; Jeffrey Siegal of Wausau, WI; Kristin Morris of Atlanta, GA; Kathleen Gilligan and Kim Gilligan of Wheeling. He was met with open arms at the doors to heaven by his granddaughter Kerri Gilligan. Pat has a surviving brother, Martin (Anne) Dofka, one niece, Sarita and five nephews, Martin III, William, Christopher, Tim, and Jim Dofka, their wives and children.

Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, where Vigil services will be held at 7 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling, with Rev. Thomas K. Gallagher as celebrant.

Memorial contributions can be made to Valley Hospice, 10686 State Route 150, Rayland, Ohio 439433 or Hunters for the Hungry, Wildlife Resources/DNR, 324 Fourth Avenue, South Charleston, WV 25303.

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