Kenneth Leroy Dolph of Longview, Wash., died March 9, 2017, in Rochester, Minn., after a long battle with heart disease. He was 74.
He was born in Cedaredge July 20, 1942, to Lewis and Edith Dolph. He graduated from Cedaredge High School. He joined the Navy in 1960 and served as a fire control technician on the USS Helena.
After his discharge, he attended Mesa Junior College (Colorado Mesa University) and then went to Colorado State University where he received a bachelor of science in forest management and a master of science in forests ecology in 1971. He worked as a soil scientist and as a research forester for the U.S. Forest Service.
He married Shirley MacDonald in 1965 in Ely, Nev. That marriage ended in divorce. In 1982, he married Joyce Perigo. They retired in 1994 and moved from Redding, Calif., to Longview, Wash.
Mr. Dolph enjoyed working on his tractor, traveling, visiting relatives, his pets, playing pinochle with family and friends, and watching and feeding birds and various wildlife.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters, Suzi Newman and Lisa (Joe) Dianda, all of San Leandro, Calif.; a sister, Betty (Owen) Young of Kent, Wash.; two stepdaughters, Katie Hickock of Sacramento, Calif., and Jodine Welch of Svensen, Ore.; two stepsons, Mike Perigo of Quincy, Calif., and Keith Perigo of Orville, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at the Steele Chapel at Longview Memorial Park and Crematory in Longview, Wash., at 1 p.m. May 6.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Cowlitz County, PO Box 172, Longview, WA 98632.