John R. Dolezal was born October 6, 1944 in New Westminster, British Columbia to Joe and Murial (Tyson) Dolezal. He grew up in the Columbia River Gorge area in Oregon and graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA. John served in the US Air Force. On August 15, 1969 he married Ladine Pence in Portland, OR. John was employed by the Department of Energy in Vancouver, WA for 30 years, retiring in 1999. In 2003 John and Ladine moved to Lake Andes, SD.
John loved to fish, spend time with his family and building with legos. He enjoyed the outdoor wildlife and visiting and getting to know anyone he came in contact with.
He is survived by his wife, Ladine; two sons: Joseph (Jill) Dolezal of Canistota, SD, James (Billina) Dolezal of Ridgefield, WA; one sister, Joanne (Merritt) Stegmeier of Lake Andes, SD; four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and father and mother-in-law.