Donald R. "Don" Dolly (1951 - 2017)

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Donald R. 'Don' Dolly, 66, of Vandalia, passed away at 6:32 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family after a valiant and courageous six-year battle with rare cancer.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia, with the Rev. Joe Lawson officiating. Interment will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Friends may call at 10 a.m. on Thursday until service time. Memorials: Donor's choice.
Mr. Dolly was born on July 15, 1951, at the old Mark Greer Hospital in Vandalia, the son of Kenneth and Dorothy (Phelps) Dolly.
He grew up in rural Vandalia and attended elementary schools in the Jimtown and Hagarstown area, then Vandalia Junior High and Vandalia Community High School, graduating in 1970. He married Elizabeth Harrison on Dec. 8, 1972, at Hurricane Baptist Church in rural Vandalia.
Don began working at a very early age, and held many various jobs: road worker for Bear Grove Township, Robbins Restaurant, Abe Lincoln Hotel and Restaurant and area filling stations.
After graduation, he became an orderly and worked at Fayette County Hospital in the 1970s, a job he quickly grew to love and where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth. Being the selfless man he was, he gave up that job to take a position at Imco Container Co. to better provide for his family. When Brenco Bearing Co. located in Vandalia, he was their first employee and worked each position until becoming plant manager. Not wanting to relocate when the company consolidated, he started his own business in the early 1990s as owner of Bearings Plus, being the broker for railroad parts and equipment. As a hobby, he and his wife loved going to auctions and flea markets, and operating several antique booths in Marshall and Pana. The absolute joy in his life was spending time with dear grandsons Eli and Isaac.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Elizabeth; daughter, Alison and her husband William "Willy" Sears of Greenville; dear grandsons, Elijah and Isaac Sears; and father-in-law, Kenneth Harrison.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin brother, Ronald "Ron"; and infant brother, Gary.
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Miller Funeral Homes - Vandalia
831 N. Fifth St.
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3176
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Published in The Leader-Union from Aug. 21 to Aug. 30, 2017