Leonard Dolen

Leonard O. Dolen

October 17th, 1936 - November 5th, 2019
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Leonard O. Dolen, age 83, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Prairie Lakes Hospital.

Funeral mass will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Richard Fox as celebrant. Music will be provided by the Immaculate Conception Funeral Choir accompanied by Danielle Holmquist-Holida.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with a scripture service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.

Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Watertown, SD.

Memorials may be designated to Prairie Lakes Hospice, 401 9th Ave. NW, Watertown, SD 57201.

Leonard Olaf Dolen, son of Olger and Elnora (Rise) Dolen was born on October 17, 1936 in Fargo, North Dakota. Because of his parents work, the family lived in the following communities of Frazee, Dale and Lake Park, Minnesota. In 1947 the family moved to an acreage 2 1/2 miles northeast of Stockholm, South Dakota. Leonard attended high school in South Shore, graduating in 1954. He then graduated from the Hanson Auto Mechanics School in 1956. Leonard moved to Watertown and worked for Colonel Motors, "The Oldsmobile Shop" until 1961.

On February 7, 1959 he married Donna Gasper at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Leonard and
Donna celebrated 60 years of marriage this year. After his work at Colonel Motors Dealership, Leonard then went to work for International Harvester, which later became Pollard International. In 1982, the business was sold to Interstate Truck Service and Leonard worked there until 1989. He then went to work for Simon Telelect, now named Terex-Telelect.

Ever since Leonard was a little boy, he enjoyed taking everything apart and putting it back together. When Leonard was not working, he enjoyed his time working on guns and had many skills of carving gun stocks for many friends and family. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Donna; four sisters, Elaine (Luvern) Hofhenke of Big Stone City, SD, Karen (James) Loehrer of Milbank, SD, Gloria (Theodore) Kubesh of Blaine, MN and Marilyn (Roger) Barnhardt of Big Stone City, SD; his sister-in-law, Marjorie Winegar of Redfield, SD; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel,
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  • Visitation

    Friday November 8th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday November 8th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    There will be a scripture service at 6:30 p.m.
  • Service

    Saturday November 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday November 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    110 3rd St SE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Father Richard Fox
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Kay Dolen Belzano, Mark Dolen, Bruce Dolen and fam

Posted at 07:22am
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Ron and Vinceen Hanson

Posted at 03:30pm
What a wonderful gentle soul. Leonard will be missed by many

Michelle karges

Posted at 11:38am
Leonard would do anything for anyone.. Blessed be the memories


Posted at 09:14am
Donna, I am thinking of you...but I have thought of you many times over the years. I was a receptionist at Jenkins over 20 years ago and remember our visits so fondly. My sincere sympathy to all who loved Leonard.

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