Vintondale's Pleasant Valley golf course
founder, Dixon Telford, dead at 94
February 8, 2008
Telford Miles Dixon of Vintondale died February 5, 2008, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, at age 94. He was born January 14, 1914, in Friedens, the son of Jesse and Luetta (Miller) Dickson. Preceded in death by parents, wife, Bernice Hay Dixon, who died in 2002; stepfather, John Davis; brother, Paul Dixon; half-brother, Stanley Davis; and half-sister, Kathryn Luce Mundy. He is survived by a daughter, Patricia Kuty Walker, married to James Walker, Levittown; a son, Bernard Dixon, married to Lynette, Vintondale; and five grandchildren: Paul Kuty, Jeffrey Dixon, Ryan Dixon, Meghan Dixon Griffith and Colleen Dixon; five great-grandchildren: Colleen Kuty Rockafellow, Christopher Kuty, Sean Kuty, Brady Dixon, and Delaney Dixon; and a great-great-granddaughter, Isabel Rockafellow. Also survived by a half-sister, Jean Kowaleski Hildenbrand, of Columbus, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews; and close friend and companion, Hilda Peterson, Vintondale.
A 1932 graduate of Somerset High School, Mr. Dixon retired with 35 years of service with Acme Markets. He managed stores in Stoystown, Hooversville, Jennerstown, and Indiana had been the district produce manager, superintendent of bakery and warehouse, and also meat department superintendent. In 1943, he bought a farm in Gas Center, where he raised pigs and Angus cattle after World War II. He was also an army veteran of World War II, serving as staff sergeant in the occupation of Japan.
Telford was a lifetime PGA pro who began to turn the family farm into a golf course in 1965. He built the course himself, a hole at a time, opening it as Pleasant Valley Golf Course in 1967 with three completed holes. By 1974, 18 holes had been completed. He assisted with the operation of the course with his wife, Bernice, and son, Bernard. Telford designed his own golf club called a Baffey. In 1999, he was placed in the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame. He retired from the golf course in 1991.
He was a member of Armagh United Methodist Church; a life member of the PGA; Indiana VFW; Johnstown Elks; United Area Lions; Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame; Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners Association; and the American Legion, Nanty Glo Post. Funeral services was at Armagh United Methodist Church, the Rev. John Hodge officiating, with military services in charge of local organizations.
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