OBERLIN, Kansas -- Dole Harold Metcalf, 81, died Wednesday (Jan. 19, 2011), at the Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin.
He was born Feb. 6, 1929, in Decatur County, Kansas, to Elmer and Vida May (Berry) Metcalf. He was raised on the family farm in Harlan Township northeast of Oberlin. He attended country school and graduated from Decatur Community High School in 1946.
He served the next two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Korea for a time. He returned to the family farm and was the third generation to farm in Harlan Township.
On July 8, 1954, he married Phyllis Eiler in McCook, Nebraska. They made their home on the farm of his parents in Harlan Township. Two children were born to their union.
While living on the farm, he attended Prairie Chapel Church. He was a 42-year member of the American Legion of Oberlin and lifetime member of the VFW of Lebanon, Nebraska.
Dole was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Betty Stramel.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of Oberlin; daughter, Pat and husband, Steve Ranz of Fertile, Minnesota; son, Joe and wife, Lolita Metcalf of Danbury, Nebraska; brother, Gary and wife, Mary Metcalf of Lakewood, Colorado; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are Saturday, 10 a.m., at Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin with the Rev. Linda Willey officiating. Burial is in the Oberlin Cemetery.
Visitation is Friday, 12-8 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until the service time.
Memorial may be made in his name.
Condolences may be left online at www.paulsfh.com.
Pauls Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.