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Memorial Visitation

First United Methodist Church
Wednesday September 6th, 2023

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Memorial Service

First United Methodist Church
Wednesday September 6th, 2023

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David Dolby

David Dolby (Dave), 94, of McHenry, IL went to be with his Savior, Jesus on September 1, 2023 at Northwestern Hospital in McHenry, IL. He was born and raised in Elgin, IL. He met his bride, Rebecca, in a soda fountain in St. Charles. They married and lived there until 1962 when they moved to McHenry so he could work at McHenry Lumber. Dave’s life career was in the lumber business and he was involved/part owner in many lumber yards- McHenry, Lake Zurich, Round Lake, Twin Lakes, and finally Wauconda, where his son, Fred & daughter, Liz worked with him. When he retired from there, he continued with his skills in carpentry doing many different jobs (Big & Small) well into his 80’s.

Dave made friends with people everywhere he went. He was remembered as a generous gift giver and enjoyed sharing his passions with friends and family. One big passion was gardening. He loved growing and sharing tomatoes and flowers from seeds every season. Another passion was candy making. Every holiday he made and gave delicious candies to everyone. He was greatly loved and will be missed by many.

Dave is survived by his children: Laura (Phil) Muska of Harvard, IL, Elizabeth (Scott) Parat of McHenry, IL, David (Mary Lou) Dolby of McHenry, IL; his 12 grandchildren: Cecily (Nick) Exner, Melissa (Ken) Muska, Matthew (Vanessa) Ronspies, Douglas (Shannon) Ronspies, Connie (Jerry) Adams, Cindy Carter, Sally (Jerod) Metz, Justin (Lisa) Parat, Christopher (Gina) Parat, Michael (Breven) Parat, Joe (Astin) Fanning, and Steve Fanning; and his 29 great-grandchildren.

Dave was preceded in death by his wife: Rebecca Dolby; his daughter: Marcia Ronspies; his son: Fred Dolby; and his parents: Frederic and Anna Dolby.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 3:00 PM with a Service starting at 4:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church in McHenry, IL. Online condolences can be made at https://www.colonialmchenry.com/.

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We are so very sorry for your loss and I am so grateful we had the opportunity to know your parents! I thank Dave over and over for my ramp in the garage that allows me the opportunity to get out. He will be missed terribly. Thank you Dave!!!

Eloise Leighty Sep 5 2023 3:21 PM

Dave and Becky were very close friends with my parents and esp. my mother the past 10 years. Dave and I shared the same passion for gardening and just this past spring, he gave me flower and tomato seeds which are now growing in my garden in Germany. Thank you for your friendship, Dave and may God always be with you.

Carol( Leighty) Bischoff Sep 5 2023 10:58 AM

Our condolences to the Dolby Family.

Cindy and Dave Hartmann Sep 3 2023 1:44 PM