Mathew Benjamin Dolezal, 37, of West Farmington, Ohio, passed away Monday (Oct. 2, 2017).
He was born in Warren, Ohio, on Dec. 5, 1979. Mathew is the son of Lori (Brown) Rea and Mark and Patti Dolezal.
He attended Auburn Career Center in the Allied Health Program and graduated from Cardinal High School in 1998 and married Sara Lynch Oct. 30 that same year.
Mathew enlisted in the U.S. Army as a senior and went on to become a combat medic. He completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., then his medic training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He was permanently stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., with the 101st Airborne Division.
After leaving the Army he graduated from the Eastern Kentucky University Police Academy, and served as a police officer in Guthrie and Cadiz, Ky. He was also a Kentucky Realtor.
He loved being outdoors, and was an avid deer and turkey hunter ever since getting his first buck at the age of 11. He and his father hiked Mount Shasta in California to trace his grandfather's (Buck Dolezal) steps who climbed it while in the Civilian Conservation Corps.
He loved collecting guns and spending time with friends and family. Mathew was always ready to help a friend in need, and he will be greatly missed by all.
Mathew is survived by: his loving wife of 19 years, Sara; father, Mark (Patti McNish) Dolezal; mother, Lori (Bob) Rea; brother, Michael (Sarah Hawkins) Dolezal; nieces and nephews, Flora, Andrew and Brendan Dolezal and MacKenzie, Henley, Hendrik and Willem Wolfert; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in Mathew's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Geauga Dog Shelter.
Mathew Benjamin, 37, of West Farmington, Ohio.
Visitation: 3 until 7 p.m. service Monday (10-9-17) in Christ Covenant Church, 16406 Kinsman Road, Middlefield, Ohio, with Rev. Mike Southern officiating. Refreshments follow at the church. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.
Interment: At a later date.
Arrangements by BEST FUNERAL HOME, 15809 Madison Road, Middlefield, Ohio.
Published on October 5, 2017