Wallace E Dolch
Wallace E. Dolch, 87, of Atlantic, passed away October 6, 2015, at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic.
Wallace Ernest was born on March 14, 1928, on the family farm north of Lyman, the son of Frank Frederick and Grace Viola (Bales) Dolch. This is where he was raised and attended Bear Grove #8 school, two miles north of Lyman. He graduated from Atlantic High School in 1946.
On December 31, 1949, he was united in marriage to Dora Jean Lewis in Corning. Following their marriage they farmed north of Lyman. He entered the United States Air Force in 1952, and was Honorably Discharged in 1956. He farmed north of Corning until 1970 and continued when they moved 5 1/2 miles south of Atlantic. It was never just about farming for Wallace, rather he saw himself as a caretaker of the land and all that he was given. Seeing things grow was a great love of his and he raised cattle and hogs, and milked cows for a short time. He was a neighborly man, always willing to help with his skills in carpentry and mechanics, as well as with his knowledge of animals and crops. Though fully retired in 2012, he was always "on top of it" and even down to checking in with his tenants on issues of conservation and erosion prevention. He had an engineering mind and was curious to know how things worked. Wallace was a lifelong learner with a love for history and his own German heritage. He also took great pleasure in music and one of his favorite songs was Loretta Lynn's "Rose Garden." He and Jean loved to travel, they saw much of the country delivering motor homes and annually looked forward to wintering in the south. Trips to Mexico and Canada were especially memorable and they always wished they had traveled more, internationally. He kept his finger on the pulse of world happenings; armed with knowledge and concern, he always had an opinion and well thought out reasons to back it up. Wallace kept it practical and everything he stood for came back to family values. His final gift was that of being a tissue donor through Iowa Donor Network.
When they lived in the Mt. Etna area, he was a member of the Busy Bee Club; in Atlantic he belonged to Oddfellows and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wiota.
Wallace is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jean; daughters, Linda Graham of Wiota, Debra (Scott) Moon of Council Bluffs, IA, and Sally (Everett) Collins of Center City, MN; sons, Carl (Jenny) Dolch of Wiota and Glen (Lisa) Dolch of Atlantic, IA; 7 grandchildren, Sue Hernando, Crystal Davis, Levi Dolch, Tyler Dolch, Chelsey Christensen, Tara Dolch and Tori Dolch; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hugh Dolch; and half-brother, Earl Scull.
Open visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday at Roland's. The family will greet friends on Friday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 9th, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, with Pastor Garry DeGeest of the Wiota United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Atlantic Cemetery, with Military Honors by the Atlantic Color Guard.
The family has suggested that memorials be made for the United Methodist Church in Wiota.
Roland Funeral Service is caring for Wallace's family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF
March 14, 1928 ~ North of Lyman, Iowa
ENTERED INTO REST
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 ~ Atlantic, Iowa
At the age of
87 years, 6 months & 22 days
Eleven o’clock a.m., Friday, October 9, 2015
Roland Funeral Home~ Atlantic, Iowa
Pastor Garry DeGeest
United Methodist Church ~ Wiota, Iowa
“The Old Rugged Cross”
“Nearer My God to Thee”
HONORARY CASKET BEARERS
Atlantic Cemetery ~ Atlantic, Iowa
Atlantic Color Guard
Wallace’s family invites friends & relatives to join them
for lunch in the Wiota United Methodist Church
fellowship hall following the committal service.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Wiota.