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Andrew Francis Dolge

Andrew Francis Dolge

May 13, 1945 — September 20, 2018

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Andrew Francis Dolge died on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the VA in Asheville after a long and valiant battle with cancer.  Daddy was a man of God, a Marine, a retired hospice nurse, a husband, a father, a brother, an uncle, and a friend to many.   “Grandy Andy”, “Grandrew Andrew”, and “Andrew the Great” as he was called by his grandchildren and great grandchildren will be so greatly missed.  Andrew’s love of his family and friends was only exceeded by his great love for the Lord.  He is known throughout Western North Carolina as the gentle giant who helped guide the loved ones of countless families through their final days with the sweetest care and compassion.  Andrew loved his coffee and his food!  He could often be found at Kostas in Dillsboro enjoying HOT black coffee and great food.  He never met a stranger and was always quick with a kind word and a comforting Scripture. 

Dad proudly served his country with 10 years of active service in the Marine Corps from 1963 to 1973, with two tours in Vietnam.  He rarely spoke of his time in Vietnam, and when he did, he always downplayed his role there.  His service came at a very high cost, as his cancer was directly attributed to his time in Vietnam.   

Andrew was preceded in death by his father, George Andrew Dolge, his mother, Pauline Marie Middleditch Dolge, his grandson, Jonathan Andrew Dolge, and his granddaughter, Elizabeth Anne Dolge.  He is survived by his precious wife, Karen Rasmussen Dolge, his sister, Yvonne Marie Lewis, his daughter, Michelle Renee Dayhoff, his son-in-law, Mark William Dayhoff, his son, Michael Andrew Dolge, his granddaughter Jenna Renee Klamm, his grandson-in-law, Matthew William Klamm, his granddaughter, Rebecca Lynn Dolge, and by his NINE great grandchildren:  Caleb William, Madison Grace, Isaac Andrew, Jamin Wesley, Riley Faith, Mark “Ace” Richard and Enoch David plus twins due in December.

Andrew also had a deep love for animals.  We are certain there must be lots of puppy tail wagging and kitty cat purring happening in heaven right now! 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Samaritan’s Purse at www.samaritanspurse.org.  The family would also like to thank the VA staff in Asheville who took such great care of Andrew this week:  Dr. McLaughlin, Dr. Glen Gafford, Tony, Ellen, Michael, Donna, Anita, Dora, Georgie, Michael, Jason, and all the others we forgot to name – you made an excruciatingly difficult time bearable with YOUR sweet care and compassion.  May God richly bless you abundantly more than you could ask or imagine. 

Lastly, Dad would remind you, that as believers, “we do not mourn as those without hope.”  He shared with his friends in a recent email: “when I die – know that I have gone to see King Jesus to worship Him and praise His Holy Name.”  His prayer was that all would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus as Lord and Savior.  We join Dad in that prayer.  Blessings and Semper Fi.

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Bea Buchanan Jul 1 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Andrew Dolge

Bea Buchanan Jul 1 2019 12:00 AM

My wife, Joyce, and I were just thinking of Andrew and were wondering how he is doing, when Joyce googled his name, and we saw this obituary. We are very sorry for your lost. We became friends while we were both getting chemo for MDS, in 2014 at the Asheville VA. Andrew even asked Joyce to make him a couple of crocheted hats, which she was very happy to do. I am still hanging in there, but am now in Hospice care after we moved to Oscoda, Michigan in 2017. We will always remember Andrews great humor and spiritual wishes.

Charles Mitchell Apr 2 2019 12:00 AM

I never met Andrew in person, but searched for him on Facebook after my husband passed away and I found Andrews name in some letters my husband had sent home to his mother while in the Corps. We began a Facebook correspondence and he was so kind to me in my grief and told me of some memories he had of serving with Buzz. Im so sorry to hear of his passing. Rest easy now with your comrades, Andrew! Semper Fi!

Diane Gunty Nov 10 2018 12:00 AM

I had the privilege of working with Andrew some many years ago at Harris. He was wonderful to work with and a joy to be around. My condolences to the family.

Crystal McFalls Oct 1 2018 12:00 AM

He was such an amazing man. He came into my store, the Verizon Cellular Sales in Sylva, and would ALWAYS put a smile on my face. He will be missed.

Kayla Moore Sep 30 2018 12:00 AM

I was a hospice co-worker with Andrew was also my father's hospice nurse. My mother, brother's and myself loved him. He was a joy to work with!!! I can still hear his jolly laugh, see his tears and love he shared with his patients. He will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure to meet him. Happy days in heaven!!!!

Gala Parris Sep 29 2018 12:00 AM

Worked with Andrew he was a kind and loving man. can you imagine what he is seeing.prayers for all his family .

Wanda Martin Sep 28 2018 12:00 AM

Andrew was such a blessing while he was taking care of my mom and mother-in-law. He always had words and bible scripture to comfort each and every time he came to visit them. Prayers for the family.

Kim Hooper Sep 27 2018 12:00 AM

Andrew took care of my brother-in-law (cancer of lungs) 15 months later he returned to the same house and took care of my sister for the kind of cancer. I asked Andrew if we had got a cancer scan for my sister @ the time of her husband's death would my sister have survived. His answer was no. Andrew was very knowledge about his work, and he knew for my sister's cancer to that advanced that she was well on her way when her husband died. I loved his caring ways and I know it came from his heart. One did not need to ask him if he was a person of faith. It showed. Heaven's gain is truly our loss, but his reaping his rewards, his crowns will be many and well deserved.

Inez Dills Sep 24 2018 12:00 AM

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