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Jan. 19, 1926 – Nov. 7, 2013

Gerald O. Dove, 87, of Cheektowaga, a Marine Corps veteran of Iwo Jima and a longtime member of the Buffalo Police Department, died Thursday at St. Francis Rehabilitation Center in Williamsville.

Mr. Dove was born in Buffalo and graduated from St. Gerard’s School. He attended Kensington High School but left at age 16 in 1942 to enlist in the Marine Corps. Mr. Dove served with the Fifth Marine Division at Iwo Jima, then in occupied Japan.

After returning home, he joined the Buffalo Police Department in 1947, where he worked his way up the ranks to become a detective sergeant in the Homicide Squad. He retired from that post in 1986.

His family said he received several commendations through the years but did not like to talk about the situations for which he had been honored.

A member of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Roman Catholic Church in Cheektowaga, Mr. Dove also belonged to the International Police Association, the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, the Detective Sergeants and Detectives Association, the New York State Sheriffs Association, the Western New York Association of Retired Law Enforcement Personnel, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Fifth Marine Division Association.

Mr. Dove enjoyed boating and fishing and was an avid golfer.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, the former Colette Bishop; five daughters, Dianna Jezioro, Kathleen Soto, Patricia Rusniak, Joanne Stobnicki and Carolyn Harris; and four sons, Thomas, Gerald, John and Brian.

A funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. today in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 4125 Union Road, Cheektowaga.