William C. Dixon III, P. E., 82, of Dixon Rd., Clayton passed away Friday afternoon, January 24, 2013, at Samaritan Medical Center where he was admitted on January 14.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Tuesday, January 29, from 6 - 8 PM. The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, January 30, at 11 AM with Pastor Donald Briant, Clayton United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring burial will be in Depauville Cemetery.
In the words of his daughter Mary: A great man, kind, generous, brilliant, curious, and above all, a family man, our Dad passed away, with his loving wife by his side. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, and it was an honor that we could call him Dad. We Love You!!
Mr. Dixon was born in Watertown on August 20, 1930, son of William C. Dixon, Jr. and Thelma Claire Cupernall Dixon. He graduated from Clayton High School in 1948, received his B. S. in Geology from St. Lawrence University in 1952, and received his Masters in Mathematics from Union College.
On July 21, 1953 he entered the US Army. He served in the Corps of Engineers with a topographical company in Germany providing aerial survey maps of Europe. He received the National Defense Service, Good Conduct, and Occupation of Germany Medals and was honorably discharged on June 3, 1955.
On September 10, 1955 he married Nancy E. Wagoner at the Dutch Reformed Church, Alexandria Bay with Rev. Henry O. Hospers officiating. The couple lived in the Plattsburg area until 1961.
Mr. Dixon began his career with the NYS Department of Transportation, Albany in 1962. He retired as a Civil Engineer after 27 years of service. After retirement from NYS, he was an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Union College.
He was a 30-year member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Saratoga Springs where he was a Reader and Sunday School teacher. He was a Mason raised in Depauville Lodge # 866, and High Priest of Warren Chapter # 23 of Royal Arch Masons, Ballston Spa.
While in college, he played first flute with the orchestra. Later in life he was a founder of the Ballston Spa Community Orchestra. The couple returned to the Clayton area in 1993. He was a founding member of the Jefferson County Genealogy Society, Chairman of Committee of the Informer Newsletter, and co-coordinator of the Jefferson County Gen Website. He enjoyed playing the flute, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Besides his wife, Nancy, Mr. Dixon is survived by his four children, Felicitie Claire Bell and husband, Andrew, Ellicott City, MD, William C. Dixon IV, Albany, Mary Star Evans and husband, John, Malta, and Rachel Phillips, East Greenbush; seven grandchildren; nine nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in his name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to the family may be made at http://www.cummingsfuneral.com.