Nov. 27, 1936 - Dec. 7, 2012
ELKHART — Richard Lee Dolph, 76, died unexpectedly at 11:58 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at his home.
He was born Nov. 27, 1936, in White County to William F. Dolph and Lorvena “Peg” (Rains) Dolph. He lived most of his life in Elkhart. He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1954 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, training in aviation electronics. On Sept. 1, 1956, he married Janice L. Weatheread, his high school sweetheart.
She survives along with three daughters, Sherry Lee Dolph of Elkhart, Lisa Ann Dolph of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Jean-Anne (Jeremy) Crick of Fort Myers, Fla. He and Janice are the proud grandparents of eight and busy great-grandparents of nine.
He was preceded in death by both parents; a twin brother and sister, William Dean and Frances Jean; and a sister, Arlene (Alvin) Boyer.
He is also survived by five sisters, Peggy Dygert, Retha Miller, Billie Jean (Scott) Demars, Connie (Tony) Fritz and Darryl “Joan” Dolph.
After discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1959, he returned to Elkhart where he was employed at Miles Laboratory. Then he worked in home construction until he started his own company, Dick Dolph Construction. In 1983, he added Elkhart Septic and Excavation.
He bowled many years at Country Club Lanes and was a long-time member of the Elkhart Moose Lodge. For many years he attended Winding Waters Brethren Church, where he participated in many church activities, including functioning on the official board, teaching classes and building the church parsonage under then-pastor Fred Finks. He was not active in formal community affairs, but was always available to help friends and relatives. He lived an active life, continuing to run his businesses until God gave him rest.
As by his request, he will be cremated. Arrangements are being handled by Elkhart Cremation Services.
His life will be celebrated by relatives and friends in a service by Pastor Robert Gamel of West Edison Church of God. Friends and relatives are invited to a visitation and an informal memorial service from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at West Edison Church of God, 23656 W. Edison Road, South Bend.
Instead of flowers, please give any donations to Pastor Gamel’s church, which has given so much Christian service to many in need through years of Christian endeavor.