Larry Dolifka, 73, Topeka, died Friday, April 18, 2014, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka. He was born January 25, 1941, at Lanham, Nebraska, the son of Walter and Evelyn Dolifka.
Larry grew up in Lawrence and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1959. He moved to Topeka in 1964. Larry worked for the Union Pacific Railroad in Lawrence and for 49 years worked at Laird Noller Ford in Topeka. He was an avid KU fan and was a member of the Topeka Jayhawk Club. For over 20 years he played and coached softball. Larry was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend.
Larry was married to Connie Heck on June 10, 1960, in Lawrence. She preceded him in death on December 9, 2003. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, JoAnn Lee.
Surviving are a daughter: Therese L. Peterson (Larry) of Topeka; a son: Randy Dolifka (Barb) of Topeka; “fiancee”: Cheryl Klug of Lawrence; sisters: Jackie Reeves of Paola, Mary Stewart of Lawrence, and Kathy Gillihan (Don) of Topeka; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews; and his loyal companion: Calico Cat.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence, Topeka. Interment in Rochester Cemetery.
Larry will lie in state after 3:00 PM, Tuesday, at the funeral chapel where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606-2800.
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