OBITUARY - FERN LIONA (ROUDYBUSH) DOLECHECK
Fern Liona ROUDYBUSH DOLECHECK was born on October 30, 1910, to William and Maria (GRIFFITH) ROUDYBUSH on the family farm
south of Diagonal, Iowa, in the home her grandfather built. Fern, one of 13 children, was one of the second generation to
be born in this home.
She passed away at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston, Iowa, on January 13, 2001, at the age of 90 years, two
months and 14 days. Reverend Charles M. EDMANSON, officiating pastor of the Methodist Church of Diagonal, baptized her at
a revival prayer meeting in the Siloam schoolhouse on October 20, 1913.
She was united in marriage to Paul John DOLECHECK on November 7, 1928, at the Presbyterian Parsonage in Diagonal. To this
union three children were born, Josephine, Pauline and Duane. They enjoyed spending their 60th anniversary together.
They established their home southeast of Diagonal where they resided until retiring in 1966. At that time they moved into
town. Having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren around brought her great joy and happiness. After her husband's
passing, she continued to live in their home until she entered the Crest Haven Care Centre two years ago.
Fern and her husband worked side-by-side on their family farm shucking corn, shocking oats and wheat and putting up hay.
They enjoyed many hours fishing and always sharing a picnic lunch. They always had a large garden full of vegetables and
flowers with much canning that had to be done. She did a lot of baking for her family and for many occasions, which
included delicious kolaches and dinner rolls.
She was a charter member of the Willing Workers Club which served meals for the alumni banquets for several years. Her
suggestion was used to name the club which was organized in March of 1934. Quilting was one of their pastime activities.
At an early age, she started playing the piano by ear. Having been raised in a musical family, her talent came very
natural. Fern and Paul enjoyed being in the Bohemian Orchestra, entertaining young and old alike for many years. She
later went on to share her music at the nursing homes. She and her childhood friend Margaret TAYLOR, who she loved like
a sister, grew up together and were inseparable all of their lives. They both had a common interest of tickling the
As a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she is survived by her daughters, Josephine GRAY and husband
William of Stanton, Iowa, and Pauline CRISSELL and husband Clemmeth of Clarinda, Iowa; a son Duane and wife Eula
DOLECHECK of Creston; 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and one
great-great-great-grandchild; sister-in-law Opal ROUDYBUSH of Plymouth, Iowa; nieces and nephews and a host of relatives
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one grandson Edwin POWELL; eight brothers, Floyd, Clifford, John,
Lester, Ralph, Otis, Loren and Roy; four sisters, May GLEASON, Beulah SOBOTKA, Myrtle NOVAK YASHACK and Pearl Esther
Funeral services were held January 17, 2001, at the United Church of Diagonal, Diagonal, conducted by Reverend Paddy
DRUHL. Music was provided by Mrs. Judy NEWTON and a selection of recorded music by Fern.
Casket bearers were grandsons and grandsons-in-law: Paul GRAY, Robert POWELL, John POWELL, Jack POWELL, Rick POWELL,
David CRUSSELL, Sean JENKINS and Dan FORKNER. Honorary pallbearers were granddaughters and granddaughters-in-law: Pat
FORKNER, Angela RUCKMAN, Sheila JENKINS, Melissa DENTON, Teresa DOLECHECK, Deborah and Allen AAHTON, Michelle POWELL
and Paula CRUSSELL.
Burial was in the Bohemian Cemetery, Diagonal.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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