Richard A. Dolejs

Well-known realtor and property manager Richard A. “Dick” Dolejs, 92, of Burr Ridge and formerly of Riverside, died suddenly on Dec. 17, 2021. 

He was born Jan. 10, 1929 in Chicago to Andrew M. Dolejs and Marie Jungvirt. He attended Farragut High School, Millikin University, Northwestern and John Marshall Law School. He served in the U.S. Army as a special agent during the Korean War, stationed in Japan.

As an active community leader, Mr. Dolejs served on the boards of civic, fraternal and Czech organizations. He was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations for his tireless commitment and dedication to his Chicago and suburban communities. 

As the creator of the name “Little Village” in Chicago in the early 1960s, he spent many hours, days and weeks promoting the successful change over from South Lawndale to Little Village.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Baumruck); his daughters, Donna Klecka, Kristine (David) Bisset, Andrea (Ed) Studzinski and Sheri Dolejs (Ted) Gerber; his son, Richard M. Dolejs; 13 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; his niece, Glenna Colton Foster; and two great nieces. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Jerry Vyskocil and Edward Dolejs, and his grandson, Lucas.

A celebration of his remarkable life is pending. Interment is private.

Memorial donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children can be mailed to 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, 60707 (773-622-5400).