Eugene "Gene" Dedolph, age 97 years, of Tigerton passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Homme Home of Wittenberg.
Eugene Gordon Dedolph was born January 18, 1916 in the Village of Tigerton to Edward and Ella (Kersten) Dedolph. At a young age his family moved to the Bowler area where he was raised and attended school. Gene was a motorcycle mechanic, then worked at a couple of cheese factories, and was also employed at Holm's Service Station in Tigerton where he met his wife. He was united in marriage on November 29, 1941 to Ione M. Cannon at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Tigerton. The couple operated the Arrow Court Tourist Cabins & Trailer Park from 1947 to 1958. In 1956 Gene started with White Construction Company, Milwaukee, working as a mechanic until his retirement in 1973. His wife preceded him in death on August 8, 2005.
Gene's memberships included the Engineers Local #139 and St. Anthony's parish. A hobby that he enjoyed for some years, was buying, repairing, and selling vehicles. Gene always liked the outdoors, going on trips to Canada, and all of his loyal dogs. He especially loved trout fishing and camping. He was proud to tell people that he lived to be upper 90’s because he often ate for breakfast two fried eggs, bacon, toast, and real butter, since he was a child.
Survivors include four sons; Dan (Sharla) Dedolph of Tigerton, Don (Jane) Dedolph of Jackson, Dion Dedolph of Tigerton, and Dominic (Gina) Dedolph of Janesville. There are 2 grandsons, 5 granddaughters, 5 great granddaughters, 1 great-great granddaughter, 3 step great grandchildren, and 2 step great-great grandchildren. Gene is further survived by many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ione, a grandson, Donovan, and three brothers, Roy, Jack, and Lee.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 19th at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Tigerton. Fr. Patrick Lloyd will officiate and burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Tigerton. Friends may call on Monday from 9:00 AM until time of mass at the church. The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton, is assisting the family.