John B. Dove

Dec. 29, 1928 – May 31, 2014

John B. Dove, 85, passed away on May 31, 2014. He was born on December 29, 1928, in Atlantic Mine, Michigan, to parents Adolph and Lempi Dove.

He graduated a three-sport star from Chassell High School in 1946, his father having died when John was 2.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in May 1948 as a radio operator. During his tour of duty, he was cited for distinguishing himself by extraordinary achievement with the Tactical Air Control Parties while assigned to the Second Republic of Korea Division, and to a special mission entitled Operation “Jigsaw.” He was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant.

John met his wife of 65 years, Marilyn M. Morin, when he was 5. The couple was married at the church in Chassell on his birthday, December 29, 1948.

John is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Marilyn; three children: John (Cindy) of Downers Grove, Ill., and grandsons Johnny and Michael; Glenn (Jacquelyn) Dove of Waukesha, and grandsons Ryan (Erin), Matthew and Jason; and Luanne (Arlen) Folker of Wauwatosa, and grandsons Trevor and Kevin and granddaughter Tami. John is further survived by seven great-grandchildren: Ashley, Maddie, Bailey, Lily, Reyna, Cameron and Zoe Dove.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Marc and granddaughter Stephanie, a sister Linda and brothers Edwin, Jarl and Milton, but is survived by sisters Eileen and Carol and brothers Earl and Jack (Deanna) Niemi.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Curative Senior Center of Waukesha, which was John’s home away from home. Also, The Virginia Health and Rehab staff for their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.

A visitation for John will be held on Wednesday June 4, from 5:00 PM until the time of a service at 7:00 PM at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 7626 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. Interment will be on Thursday, June 5, at Wood National Cemetery with full military honors.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home in West Allis is serving the Dove family. For more information, call 827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary or leave condolences.