Born 9-1-1920 -- 5-30-2006
Allen (Al) Dobberke, 85, died May 30, 2006, at the Stratford Nursing and Rehab Center in Stratford, Iowa.
Dobberke was born Sept. 1, 1920. His childhood was spent on his parents farm in Oshkosh, Wis. He graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1937.
He was a veteran of World War II. In September of 1942 he joined the Air Force and was a member of the first glider mechanic's class to graduate in Texas. In December of 1942 he was shipped out via The Cape of Good Hope and landed in Egypt after 49 days on the ship. He was one of the first groups to assemble a glider. Following the months in Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria, he went to Sicily, England, France and Germany. He spent 3 years in service before returning home in September of 1945.
On Nov. 3, 1945, he married Celia Jensen of Milwaukee, Wis. He joined the police force and volunteer fire department in the village of River Hills (suburb of Milwaukee) where he served 27 years before retiring.
He and his wife retired and moved to Cherokee Village where they resided for 25 years. He was a member of the Service Club and Neighbor-hood Watch Committee for several years. He was a charter member of the Hill and Dale Men's Garden Club where he served as President for 13 years. He was also president of the Wisconsin Club. He was a member of the Cherokee Village Kiwanis Club and served on their board for several years and also was president for the allotted one year.
He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Cherokee Village, where he was a member of the Men's Club and served several years as an elder of the Church.
Survivors include his wife, Celia, of the home; one son, Dennis (Joyce) of Ames, Iowa; one daughter, Karen (Jeffrey) Gooch of Ash, N.C.; 5 grandchildren, Matt (Mary) of Des Moines, Iowa; Kate, Sally, Heidi and Jake of Ames, Iowa; 3 great-grandchildren, Dillon, Brett and Emily Dobberke of Des Moines, Iowa; one brother, Lyle Dobberke of Wauwatosa, Wis.; and one sister-in-law, Myrna Picchiottino in Neenah, Wis.; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
His parents and one brother preceded him in death.
Memorial services will be at Peace Lutheran Church in Cherokee Village at a later date with Pastor Brian Pummell officiating. Interment will be in Peace Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or the American Heart Association.
Heath Chapel is in charge of arrangements.