George Harold Dolezal
October 9, 1917 - November 20, 2011
   
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Biography

U.S. Marine Pearl Harbor survivor George H. Dolezal, 94, passed away quietly Sunday, November 20th in his Havre home. His funeral service will be Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Holland and Bonine Chapel with Ila McClenahan officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Cemetery. A fellowship will be held at the St. Jude Parish Center Memorials in George’s honor may be made to Disabled Veterans of America. Services and arrangements have been entrusted to Holland and Bonine Funeral Home.
George was born October 9, 1917 on the family homestead farm 15 ˝ miles North of Hingham to Jerry and Grace (Lehmann) Dolezal. He attended Mariner elementary school north of Hingham. He entered the Marine Corp when he was 21 years of age in September of 1940. He served in the artillery then the 2nd Engineers. His tour of duty included Pearl Harbor, the South Pacific, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Guadalcanal, and Guam. On December 7th, 1941 George was one of the few active duty service men to be armed and readily active in providing anti-aircraft artillery during the bombing of Pearl Harbor Hawaii. His niece Penny Velk has recorded George’s oral history of these events. He was honorably discharged the spring of 1946 as a Sargent. Returning to Montana after WWII he attended Northern Montana College majoring in welding and carpentry. In 1951 he worked for Ross and Powers on the welding crew building natural gas lines from north of Chester to Havre. He worked for Montana Dakota Utilities as service crew foreman from 1953 to 1954. In the late 50’s he worked as a welder for Clyde Sutter building the grain elevators at Gilford and Kremlin. He married Betty Montgomery of Havre in 1952, they had one son Jerry. The couple purchased and operated the Lariat Bar at Kremlin in 1954. Later in the 1950’s George joined his two younger brothers in operating the Dolezal Brothers Ranch in the Sweetgrass Hills east of Whitlash until 1978 when he retired to his current home in Havre. George was once quoted as saying that theSweet Grass Hills had priceless scenery. It was like you walked into Heaven.
George enjoyed playing games, cards especially solitaire, he liked to attend tea time at the 4 B’s, taking long walks, telling stories, and was known for his funny one-liners.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Betty; his son, Jerry; and his daughter -in-law, Debbie.
George is survived by his granddaughter, Stacey Dolezal; and great-granddaughter, Harper Dolezal of Havre; sister, Frances Ordway of Chinook Montana; brothers Robert Dolezal of Chinook Montana and Valerian “Jack” Dolezal of Chester ; fourteen nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service

Tuesday November 29, 2011, 2:00 - p.m. at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel
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