Former Chesterton resident Raymond Dolph Jr. died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at
Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus. A resident of Valparaiso, he was 79.
He was born Dec. 15, 1929, in South Bend, the son of Raymond A. and Thelma
Dolph Sr., who preceded him in death.
On June 20, 1961, he married Betty J. Gore, who in 2000 also preceded him in
He is survived by five sons, James (Janet) Dolph of LaPorte, Daniel (Tobie)
Dolph of Miller, Donald (Johnna) Dolph of Michigan City, Greg (Carrie) Dolph
of Tejunga, Calif., and Tim (Trish) Dolph of Chesterton; two daughters,
Debbie (Herb) Tharp of Trenton, Ohio, and Vivian Dolph of Valparaiso; 16
grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Delois; and a sister, Beverly.
Raymond worked as a roll grinder at Midwest Steel, retiring in 1993. He was
a private pilot, a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a
volunteer at the Porter County Aviation Museum, a veteran of the U.S. Navy,
and a member of the Midwest Steel Retirees Club. He was a wonderful father,
grandfather, and great-grandfather.
A memorial service is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Edmonds &
Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway in Chesterton. Interment of ashes will
follow at Chesterton Cemetery.
A memorial visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at
Edmonds & Evans.
Memorials may be made to EEA of Valparaiso or the Porter County Aviation