Oscar A. Dodek, 82, who owned and operated Washington liquor and jewelry businesses for 20 years, died of arteriosclerosis Friday at George Washington University Hospital.
He founded the Dodek Jewelry Co. in Georgetown in 1926. He started Dixie Liquors there eight years later, and operated both businesses until retiring in 1954.
Mr. Dodek had been quartermaster of Post No. 58 of the Jewish War Veterans for 20 years. He had been a Mason since 1921.
He had done volunter work at Walter Reed Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital here.
A native of Russia, he came to this country at an early age and lived in Baltimore for a year before coming to Washington about 1904. He was a graduate of old Business High School.
During his youth, he worked as a newsboy for The Washington Star. Following service in the Army during World War I, he worked for three years as an auditor with the U.S. Public Health Service.
Mr. Dodek then operated a retail business in Miami Beach, Fla., for three years before returning here in 1926.
He is survived by his wife, Esther T., of the home in Washington; a son, Aaron W., of Gaithersburg; a brother, Herman, of Rockville; four sisters, Sophie Broches and Sarah Wolfe, of Silver Spring, Bella Gildenhorn, of Washington, and Fannie Golden, of Tavares, Fla., and three grandchildren.