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Lester D. "Les" Dollinger

August 2, 1936 November 30, 2018
Lester D. "Les" Dollinger
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Les Dollinger, 82, Monmouth, passed away Friday, November 30, 2018 at OSF Holy Family Hospital.
Born August 2, 1936, he was a son of Dave and Marie (Youngquist) Dollinger. On August 10, 1958, he
married his high school sweetheart, JoEllen Hamilton.

Les grew up in Cameron, Illinois, and attended Galesburg Churchill Junior High. After moving to
Monmouth, he attended Monmouth High School, receiving three varsity letters in both football and
baseball. He graduated in 1954.

Les went on to obtain his B.A. from Monmouth College in 1958. He was a member of Theta Chi
Fraternity, and lettered 3 years in both football and baseball. Les served as a Sargent in the 123rd Field
Artillery Division of Monmouth National Guard for 4 years.

After graduation, he and JoEllen moved to Amboy, Illinois, Stronghurst, Illinois, Clifton, Illinois where he
taught and coached, before moving to Canton, Missouri, where he taught and coached at Culver-
Stockton College. Les spent 12 years at Marion Hight School, Marion, Iowa. During his career, he
coached football, basketball, track and baseball and was most pleased to never have a losing season in
football, with two undefeated teams before the playoffs began. After 15 years of coaching, he became
athletic director.

He received his M.A. from South Dakota State in 1966 and his Specialist’s in Education Degree from
Northeast Missouri State University in 1980.

During his career in education, he served as a teacher, athletic director, principal and assistant
superintendent. The last 15 years of his career were spent as Superintendent at Mid-Prairie School
District, Wellman, Iowa and Hillsboro School District, Hillsboro, Illinois. Les retired in 1994, after 36 years
in education.

Les and JoEllen moved back to Monmouth in 2004. Les served on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Land
Community College and Hillsboro Area Hospital. He also served on the Monmouth City Council, acted as
Elder and Trustee for the Faith United Presbyterian Church, where he was a member. He was a member
and past President of Monmouth Rotary Club and recipient of the Paul Harris Award. He has served as a
Board member of the Maple City Community Concert Series, was a member of the Monmouth College
Alumni Board. In 2012, Les received the “Old Timer’s Softball Award” in Monmouth. Many around the
area will remember Les as a player of summer softball and baseball for many teams. He belonged to
Gibson Golf Course, where he had a hole in one in 2008. His hobbies included reading, crossword
puzzles, golfing, fan of Cardinals baseball and Bears football. Some of his best memories were hearing
from his former players and students.

While at Marion High School, Les received several awards including Teacher of the Year, Marion High
School Athletic Hall of Fame, Marion High School Foundation Hall of Fame and Coach of the Year. He
was also named Coach of the Year and selected to the Coaches Hall of Fame at Central High School
Clifton, Illinois. He was elected to the State of Iowa’s “Football Coaches Hall of Fame”.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant sister, Marjorie, brother Leroy Dollinger, grandson,
Austin Zundel and brother-in-law Robert Pohl.

He is survived by best friend and wife, JoEllen, loving daughters, Diane Zundel of Raleigh, NC and
Barbara (Joe) Walsh, of Greenwich, CT, grandchildren Blake Zundel, Alison, Emily and Joey Walsh,
sisters-in-laws Janet Pohl, Sister Bay, Wisconsin, Gracie Dollinger, Metamora, Illinois, brother-in-law
Robert (Teri) Hamilton, Fayetteville, Arkansas and many nieces and nephews. Les was a devoted
husband and father and loved his family.

Funeral services are planned for 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Faith United Presbyterian
Church in Monmouth, Illinois. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Church. Interment
will be at Warren County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith United Presbyterian
Church, Jamieson Center and Rotary Club, Monmouth, Illinois.

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1:00 PM 12/8/2018 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 12/8/2018 2:00:00 PM
Faith United Presbyterian Church

200 S 8th St
Monmouth, IL 61462

Faith United Presbyterian Church
200 S 8th St Monmouth 61462 IL
United States





2:00 PM 12/8/2018 2:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 12/8/2018 3:00:00 PM
Faith United Presbyterian Church

200 S 8th St
Monmouth, IL 61462

Faith United Presbyterian Church
200 S 8th St Monmouth 61462 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Warren County Memorial Park Final Resting Place

1325 North 11th Street
Monmouth, Illinois 61462

1325 North 11th Street Monmouth 61462 Illinois
United States

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