Franklin John Dolecheck

Franklin John Dolecheck

Franklin John Dolecheck, 88, passed away October 13, 2017 in Twin Falls, Idaho. 
Frank was born in a farmhouse near Watauga, S.D., April 29, 1929. He was raised in South Dakota and graduated from McIntosh High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Lola J. Stummeier, in December 1949. Frank and Lola had four children while living in McIntosh, where he worked farming in Granary, S.D. from 1948 to 1959. He and his family traveled to Montana to pursue a career in construction. He worked as a carpenter and cement foreman at the Ennis Fish Hatchery, Highline Missile Silos, and during the construction of Yellowtail Dam. In 1964, he began work at the Conoco Refinery where he was promoted to Alky Unit operator controller until his retirement in 1985. He was a man of many skills. He built and modified all types of equipment and raised chickens, cows, and pigs. He boasted of the best kept garden in the area on five acres between Billings and Laurel. 
Frank was passionate about caring for his yard and worked tirelessly to have it look like a park.  The tire swing he made was a favorite of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He built swing sets, chicken coops and helped in the construction of garages, hog pens, etc. He is famous for his many antics and will be a family legend for many years to come.  
Frank and Lola enjoyed many winter months traveling the southern states of the country in their motorhome. Their favorite destination was Arizona. He loved the outdoors and had a passion for hunting and fishing in Montana and South Dakota. He also enjoyed wine making and developed the recipe for the best deer sausage around, both of which were legendary.  
Frank is survived by his wife, Lola, his children Ginger (Gene) Niesen, Georgia Geigle, Terry Dolecheck, Tom (Suzann) Dolecheck and 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Clement and Mary Dolecheck, his 11 brothers and sisters, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Viewing is on Thursday, October 19th from 5-7 p.m.. at Smiths Funeral home in Laurel, Montana.
Funeral Services will be at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Billings, Montana at noon on Friday, October 20.  There will be a luncheon that follows and then a procession to the gravesite. 

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