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James Frank Dolezal

April 13, 1931October 18, 2020
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James Frank Dolezal, age 89, of Stickney, Illinois passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020. James was born April 13, 1931. On August 14, 1954 he married Shirley (nee Vana). Retired Stickney Police Chief.

James is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 66 years. Cherished father of Debra (Robert) Piper, Shirlee (the late George) Kadlec and James Dolezal. Beloved grandfather of James and Jerry Podgorski, Michelle Piper, Liana (David) Garcia, George Kadlec and James Dolezal. Dear great-grandfather of Elliana, Julian and the late David Jr.

1949-1951 James was in the Second Infantry Division of the Army- Life Member. 1950- Kunu-Ri Survivor of the Korean War 1952- Patrol Officer on the Stickney Police Department. Worked his way up to Chief of Police. Held position of the Trustee until 1985 when he retired. 56th year member of Sokol Stickney from Decmeber 1, 1964- Present. James was a Member of the Medinah Shriners. Mastor Mason for 50 years, Order of Mason’s Berwyn Lodge No. 839. American Legion Member 0687 and Life Member of the VFW Post 5151.

James was a good man, a great provider and will be missed dearly by all who knew him. A visitation for James will be held Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Mount Auburn Funeral Home, 4101 South Oak Park Ave, Stickney, IL 60402. Funeral Service Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11 AM at Mount Auburn Funeral Home (708) 7489-2033. Burial at Mount Auburn Memorial Park.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MountAuburnFuneralHome.com for the Dolezal family.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Mount Auburn Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services at a time. Proper social distancing

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 22, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, October 23, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 23, 2020

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Vonnie Cisar

October 30, 2020

I am so sorry Shirley to hear about Jim’s passing! He meant a lot to Bill and Mary Cisar and to my husband Rick as well! Now they are altogether 💝. I remember the last time we stopped by to visit in 2017. Rick and Jim had such a wonderful visit .. I am so happy that day happened.. It meant a lot to Rick. I remember Jim brought out the “bottle” so he and Rick could toast when it was time to leave. Brought tears to my eyes and to Rick too.
My prayers for the peace of God to be with you during this time.
Love, Vonnie

Russell Cochran

October 23, 2020

I was good friend of his. I being with the Outlaws M/C didn’t matter to him. RIP. Condolences for his family and friends.

Bill Zakavec

October 22, 2020

My brothers, Glen, Bob and I. Last visit to Uncle Jim and Aunt Shirley. On May 9, 2014. We wish our sympathies and condolences to the Dolezal Family. Sending all our love. Pat and Bill Zakavec

Linda Malek

October 22, 2020

James Dolezal and Jake Stromski, Stickney's finest will always be remembered.

Brian Schimel

October 21, 2020

My favorite memory would be when I hunted my first pheasant. My dad and Mister D had a deal that Mister D would do the taxidermy for that pheasant.

The way it happened I didn’t give Mister D very much to work with. He strived for days trying many different ways to get it done and found an excellent way to finish it even though I didn’t give him much to work with. All to make good on his promise. I still have it and it looks just as good as the day he finished it.

Rest In Peace Mister D.

Nudy Zotos

October 21, 2020

Jimmy was a friend of my Moms before I was born. He ended up being my truancy officer when I was about 11. He was very nice to me. Great police officer. About 50 years ago.

Mark Kocka

October 20, 2020

Outside of my father Edward Kocka, "Jimmy" was the most influential person helping me on life's journey.. Jimmy taught me Taxidermy which led to my life career and change. A move to Northern Wisconsin and a life that I will never regret. My father and Jimmy were partners in business and the best of friends. This man was dedicated to family values, hard working, forgiving, and I will always remember him as the "Gentle Giant".

Paul Schimel

October 19, 2020

How we met the SS Arthur M. Anderson
My fondest memory of Mr. Dolezal was in the spring of 1986. We were out Coho fishing in my dad’s boat. We launched out of Calumet park just after daybreak. We were trolling inside the breaker, working the shipping channel for US Steel that terminated into the South Slip. The visibility was very bad. Mr. D commented that conditions like this were called “Visibility Zero” in aviation. It didn’t matter though. We were trolling slow, catching fish.
It was a good day. We had nearly a limit of fish in the livewell, good size. Flatlines way back, a couple of downriggers cranked down looking for a lake trout, maybe 20 feet in the 30 foot channel. Light tackle with Rappalas and a few spoons back on the flatlines.
Trolling along the inside of the breaker we heard a distant, but large horn. Neither my dad or Mr. D thought much of it. We kept on. Then we heard the horn again, only this time a lot louder, closer. Still not much discussion. We caught one or two more Coho on the flatlines and heard the horn again, only this time it was deafening. As we were bringing in tackle and getting out of the channel, we heard from up high “Hey, you as[plural explitive] should get out of the way” from crewmen 30 feet above our heads. The name on the vessel was the SS Arthur M. Anderson, a 700 foot steel freighter, coming into the US Steel South Works to unload her taconite payload. The captain was watching us on radar. The crewman that razzed us had a laugh watching us bouncing in the massive wake through the fog. With that we packed up, found the boat launch and trailered our vessel home to clean our catch.
Since then, I’ve been lost a few times. At sea, in the fog and otherwise. I always remember Mr. D’s resolve and calm. Even when we were high tailing it away from the nose of a US Steel freighter straight into a blinding fog, He kept his cool, figured it out.
May the road rise up to meet you Mr. D. I hope the fishing is good up there.

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Biography

James Frank Dolezal, age 89, of Stickney, Illinois passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020. James was born April 13, 1931. On August 14, 1954 he married Shirley (nee Vana). Retired Stickney Police Chief.

James is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 66 years. Cherished father of Debra (Robert) Piper, Shirlee (the late George) Kadlec and James Dolezal. Beloved grandfather of James and Jerry Podgorski, Michelle Piper, Liana (David) Garcia, George Kadlec and James Dolezal. Dear great-grandfather of Elliana, Julian and the late David Jr.

1949-1951 James was in the Second Infantry Division of the Army- Life Member.
1950- Kunu-Ri Survivor of the Korean War
1952- Patrol Officer on the Stickney Police Department. Worked his way up to Chief of Police.
Held position of the Trustee until 1985 when he retired.
56th year member of Sokol Stickney from Decmeber 1, 1964- Present.
James was a Member of the Medinah Shriners.
Mastor Mason for 50 years, Order of Mason’s Berwyn Lodge No. 839.
American Legion Member 0687 and Life Member of the VFW Post 5151.

James was a good man, a great provider and will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

A visitation for James will be held Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Mount Auburn Funeral Home, 4101 South Oak Park Ave, Stickney, IL 60402.
Funeral Service Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11 AM at Mount Auburn Funeral Home (708) 7489-2033.
Burial at Mount Auburn Memorial Park.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MountAuburnFuneralHome.com for the Dolezal family.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Mount Auburn Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services at a time. Proper social distancing

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