OBITUARY: Frank Leslie Doll

The U.S. Army veteran and former Chicago firefighter died Oct. 20 at age 86. Services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Plymouth, IN, and Thursday, Oct. 27, in Lemont, IL.

The following obituary was submitted to Patch:

Frank Leslie Doll, 86, of Bourbon, IN, and once long time active member of Lemont Township and the Lemont Fire Department, American Legion and VFW passed away at home at 2:20 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.

Frank was born in Oak Park, IL, on Aug. 24, 1925. He was the son of Leslie F. Doll and Josephine Newberg Doll. He graduated from Austin High School in 1943 and Wright Jr. College in IL.

He served honorably in the US Army from 1943 to 1946 as a Tech Sergeant, T-5 with the 1346th Combat Engineers in Europe and Okinawa during WWII.

On November 19, 1944, in Franklin, LA., Frank was married to Mary Ann Grajkowski (who was from Chicago, IL). They lived in Chicago for years after which they relocated their family to Lemont Township in Illinois where they were long time members of the community. Frank and Mary Ann had been parishioners of St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lemont IL. and then shortly after St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Lemont IL..

Frank was a Proud Chicago Firefighter for 23 plus years, last serving with Engine Co. 129. He retired in 1978. He was a volunteer Firefighter in Lemont, IL. for 10 years.

Frank was also a Master Carpenter in the Illinois carpenters Union No. 10. He was also a member of the American Legion and VFW in Lemont IL.

Frank’s first wife Mary Ann (May she rest in peace) passed away on January 19, 1986

Frank remarried a wonderful lady Dolores (Kelly) McCauley on July 1, 1989 in Chicago,

Frank and Dolores lived in Illinois for a while moved from Illinois to live in Plymouth IN, and then Bourbon IN. where they have lived for many years and parishioners at St. Michael Catholic Church in Plymouth IN..

Frank is survived by his devoted wife Dolores of Bourbon IN. and his brother Michael Anthony Doll of Las Vegas Nevada, His children: Joy (Charles) Wolf, Michael (Jennifer) Doll, Mary Ann (William) Saindon, Frank Leo Doll, and John (Anne) Doll and by his stepchildren: Kathryn, Patrick, and Paul J. McCauley.

Frank is also survived by his 13 grandchildren as well as well as 6 great-grandchildren. And many nieces and nephews who love and will miss him very much.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, Georgiana, a brother, Sgt. Gerald E. Doll of the Chicago Police Dept, and his first wife, Mary Ann (Grajkowski) Doll.

Friends and family will be welcomed at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth IN., to share memories and condolences with Frank’s family on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. EDT with Rosary immediately after.

A Mass will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church, 613 N. Center St., Plymouth IN., for Frank, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. The Rev. Father William Kummer will officiate.

Franks Burial will be held in St. Alphonsus Cemetery in Lemont, Illinois on Thursday October 27, 2011 at 12p.m.(12 NOON) Central Time

The family is asking that in lieu of flowers contributions in Frank’s memory may be made to the “Center for Hospice Care, Inc”. 112 South Center Street, Suite C, Plymouth, Indiana 46563

Michael Doll October 28, 2011 at 06:46 PM
My most heartfelt thanks to the Lemont Fire Department for the honors they bestowed on my father on 27 Oct 2011. Your respects and honors granted him that last and final day will forever be embedded in our memories and our prayers will always be with you as you stand watch over all of us. Sincerely, Michael Doll
Michael Doll October 28, 2011 at 06:59 PM
This may not be the time or the place for saying this, but I just wanted to take a moment to chastise the Lemont VFW. I'm a 20 year veteran / retired US Navy Senior Chief (SeaBee) with all the right qualifications for membership. My father WAS a life member of the VFW. When asked if they (Lemont, VFW) would provide an honor guard or at least a presence at my fathers funeral they had to decline since neither my father nor myself were active members of their post. This is NOT the VFW I know from my experiences at other posts. I believe that all Veterans deserve our honor and respect regardless of monetary contributions or membership in "the good ol boys" exclusive club. (What if he were a homeless Vet?) My father was a Combat Engineer during WWII and served in Europe and Okinawa, Japan during the war alongside many others who gave their lives; part of the greatest generation. I am proud to say that the VFW Post in Plymouth, IN DID bestow honors upon him in the form of a 21 gun salute, bag piper and flag presentation. Lemont wouldn't even send a single representative. In conclusion, the reason I quit the Lemont VFW years ago was for the very same reason I shall never join again; I'm not interested in the "good ol' boys club"; just honoring those who go before us and insuring we take care of ALL our Vets; regardless of "what's in it for us."


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