Bob Dolsen Passes Away
Robert “Bob” Dolsen
“Our company founder, Bob Dolsen, has passed away last Sunday,
Dolsen Leasing Company
Yakima ( Hq) and Bellevue, Washington
800-959-4002 / 425-454-4002
YAKIMA - Robert R. Dolsen passed away Sunday evening, January 2, 2005 at Memorial Hospital.
Bob was born on September 20, 1922 in Leavenworth, Washington. He attended his early school years in Snohomish before moving to Yakima where he graduated from Yakima High School. He then went on to the University of Washington where he was a Sigma Chi and graduated with a degree in accounting. His college years were interrupted by his service in the United States Air Force where he was a flight officer. On January 20, 1945 he married the love of his life, Ruth Rankin. After college he began his accounting career eventually starting his own CPA firm in 1953. In 1958 he started the second "love of his life," The Dolsen Companies. These companies consist of leasing divisions in Bellevue and Yakima, the Cow Palace Dairy in Granger, WA, Harrah Feed Lot, Coca-Cola and Automat Vending operations in Yakima and the Tri Cities and JoBil Distributors of Spokane.
Bob was very generous toward many local charities and always wanted to give back to the community that supported his family. He never hesitated to assist any friend or employee at a time of need.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth of sixty years; two children, Joanie Dolsen of Kirkland, and Bill (Rhonda) Dolsen of Yakima; six grandchildren, David Freshwater of Yakima, Chris (Vicky) Freshwater of Seattle, Kimber Rolfe of Seattle, Rob Rolfe of Miami, Brady Dolsen of Denver, Adam Dolsen of Bozeman, Montana and one great-granddaughter, Katie Freshwater of Seattle.
Memorials may be made to the Yakima YMCA, Heritage University, United Way Foundation, the Memorial Foundation or a charity of your choice in care of Keith and Keith Funeral Home, 902 West Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 8, 2005 at First Presbyterian Church, Yakima. Private interment, Terrace Heights Memorial Park.
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