Roger Dole, 84, died peacefully at his home, on September 13, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.
Raymond Roger Dole was born to Raymond and Senorita Dole on August 2, 1938 in Deber, Wisconsin. Parents could not take care of their children, and Roger and his siblings spent their entire childhood in an orphanage in Green Bay, Wisconsin. After the eighth grade, boys who attend high school are allowed out to the farmers in the area as hands doing housework and sleeping in the barn with the cows. On the day he graduated from Wrightstown High School in 1956, a lonely and penniless freight train hopped on and joined a traveling circus. He married his first wife, Harriet, in 1962, and finally became part of a real family. He earned his degree in business from the University of Washington-Milwaukee. He was an energetic and hardworking employee and quickly rose up the corporate ladder at Allis Chalmers. Later, he started his own company in Muscoda & Berlin, WI. Daul Industries manufactures and sends structural steel for installation at job sites throughout the Midwest. His steel contributed to many public buildings, libraries, schools, courts, churches, and opera houses. He worked tirelessly every day, always getting up early doing a New York Times crossword puzzle with pen on paper at a local cafe in Berlin.
He was always on time, and was a dynamic salesman who wouldn’t let wasted business get him. In fact, it made him work even harder. He built a large steelworks shop in the industrial district of Berlin, employed many people for more than 35 years. His company flourished. Even working 60 or more hours a week, his energy has allowed him to own other businesses as well; Miller Trailer, Ellen Antiques, Whiting Bar are all in Berlin. He loved buying and selling antiques and had antique stores in Princeton and Waupaka. In fact, he collected a lot and was asked to be on the History Channel show American Pickers in 2010. You can watch the episode on YouTube, episode 86 “The Doctor is in”. Roger loved to travel, and was sent around the world to work when he worked for Alice Chalmers. He caught the travel bug and never stopped. Travel to Japan, Europe, South America, Central America and North Africa to buy antiques and have them shipped back to Wisconsin stores.
He met his future wife, Mara “Kay” Pozorsky, in 1996, and they spent their last 26 wonderful years together. Diagnosed with dementia in 2012, he left Daul Industries to his sons Richard and Scott and retired to enjoy the time he had. He bought a farm in Pine River, Wisconsin, and filled it with 20 horses, chickens, rabbits, ducks, sheep, and goats. For the enjoyment of Roger and Kai’s children and grandchildren. Dementia led to other health issues, but Kay always took care of him at home just to make sure he was never alone like he was in the orphanage.
Roger is survived by his first wife, Harriet, and their three sons. Dr.. Randy Dole (Jean) and their three children, Jordan (Bridget), are waiting for a baby girl, Becky (Isaac), is also waiting for a baby girl, Katie Dole. Richard Dole (Mary deceased), their two children Justin (Sarah), children Nora, Lucas and Haley (Cayden), and their four adopted children: DeForest, Dakota, Easton and John.
Generous to the fault, he shared his success with those around him. Taking everyone to lunch, dinner or a night on the town as he always picks up the tab. He loved to treat his family, friends and colleagues. He donated quietly to several local charities, without always revealing his identity. Liked and respected by those around him, one cannot help but be impressed by his constant energy, entrepreneurial spirit, and charming social skills. Everyone in town knows his name. He never sat still, never gave up his work; Sell, build, buy and grow. He encouraged everyone around him to work as hard as he did, to our discontent and fatigue. Nobody can keep up. Being single throughout his childhood with no parents and absolutely nothing to his name became the motive behind his quest for success. He always said, “Never slow down, really live.”
We will miss him very much. Roger lived a big, beautiful, eventful, and productive life that we can all look forward to.
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