Lewis J. Dolezal

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, 1193 Lakefield Road, Grafton, for Lewis J. Dolezal, 89, of Cedar Grove, who was called home early April 19, 2006 with his family at his side The Rev. Daryl Knox, pastor of the church, will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Lakefield Cemetery in Grafton. Friends may call at the church Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. A memorial fund is being established in Lewis’ name. Military rites will be conducted by the Plymouth VFW World Cheese Center Post 5612 at the cemetery. Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Plymouth, is assisting the family.

Lewis was born on Aug. 31, 1916 in Ashland, a son of the late Anthony and Cora Belle (nee Chalfant) Dolezal.

Lewis was involved with the Civilian Conservation Services until he joined the U.S. Army in November 1941. There he served in the "A" 504th Military Police Battalion. During his service he was stationed in Iceland, England and France. It was during his tour of duty in England that Lewis met his wife Doreen Heath. Lewis and Doreen were married on June 9. 1945. They were married for 60 years before Doreen preceded him in death on March 27, 2006.

Lewis was employed at Pfister & Vogel Tanning Company in Milwaukee from 1947 until his retirement in 1979. Over his years at Pfister & Vogel, Lewis worked as an oiler in the power department, repair, S & S and beam house departments, serving in supervisory positions for 14 years. Lewis also sold Mason Shoes for many years.

Lewis loved to hunt and fish. He truly enjoyed many camping trips to Ashland and throughout the United States with his family. Lewis was an avid vegetable gardener. He was very active with St. John Lutheran Church in Grafton where he helped out with many activities including the fall festival and the chili supper. He volunteered at the Mequon and Cedarburg senior centers for food and friendship, square-danced with the Country Prominaders, loved bowling and was active with the Ozaukee Senior Games.

Survivors include sons Kenneth of Elkhart Lake, Richard (Linda) of Saukville and Timothy (Denise) of Cedar Grove; daughter Mary (Tom) Henke of Ashland; brothers Robert of Holly, Colo., Art (Marge) of Denver, Colo. and Larry (Ruth) of Ohio City, Colo.; sisters Beatrice Olson of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Marion Wilhelm of Ashland; brother-in-law Francis Moran of Fort Wayne, Ind; sisters-in-law Helen Dolezal of Woodland, Wash., Pauline Dolezal of Ashland and Zora Dolezal of Beaumont, Calif. Lewis was also well loved by his 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Lewis is further survived by many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by son Jeffrey; daughter Susan Larsh; brothers Bill, Harold, Herbert and George; sisters Mildred, Cora, Charlene and Evelyn; and three grandsons.