Date of Death:  January 31, 2022

Service Details

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Chaplain Dan Lane officiating.  A live stream of his service can be watched here.  

Obituary Notice

Gard Stephen Dolph, 88, of Three Rivers, passed away Monday, January 31, 2022.

He was born May 13, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Stephen and Marguerite (Austin) Dolph, and graduated from Three Rivers High School.

Gard served his country faithfully in the Army during the Korean War, later becoming active in the American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170 and its firing squad. He was a member of Veteran’s 31st Infantry Division.

He was employed as a hydrostatic engineer at Armstrong for nearly three decades and enjoyed giving tours of its manufacturing plant.

Gard married Louise Ada Hammond on June 8, 1958 in Three Rivers. The couple shared 62 years together before her passing on August 18, 2020.

He served on the Fabius Township Board for several years, and enjoyed performing with the Three Rivers Community Players and the Great American Patriots Chorus.

Remaining to cherish Gard’s memory are sons, Blair (Marie) Dolph and Bruce Dolph; grandchildren, Caroline (Tracy) and Sean; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Caleb, Zachary and Madalynn.

He was preceded in death by his wife and by his sister, Perianne.

Additional Information

Donations in Gard’s memory may be directed to American Legion Hice-Shutes Post #170 or the Three Rivers Community Players. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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  1. So sorry to learn that Gard passed away. I knew Gard as a fellow employee at Armstrong. He was always pleasant and fun to visit with. I remember him telling the Armstrong retiree lunch group about his service in World War 2 and how he was being flown with other Veterans to Washington, DC to visit the World War 2 Memorial. He was a proud Veteran and I’m glad he was able to make that trip. I will miss visiting with him at the Armstrong retiree monthly luncheons. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.

  2. What do I remember of Uncle Guard? A lava lamp he had that I found fascinating, and with no reason other than the the ignorance of youth, then touched. Also, a Pontiac Fiero, and playing with Blair and Bruce’s Hot Wheels Sizzler track. Blair and Bruce, I cannot feel your loss personally, but I remember the moments that I shared with you and your parents, my Uncle Guard and Aunt Louise. They are missed.

  3. While walking through heavy snow with my mother many, many years ago along Portage Avenue, a big dog came up to us, snarling and barking. Gard Dolph was nearby, saw what was happening, a threw a snowball at the aggressive dog and chased it away. I figure I was about 5 or 6 at the time. From that time forward, we looked at him as a friend and hero. Those days have long gone by but are not forgotten. My sincere condolences go to his family at this time of sorrow for them. I pray they will be lifted up by the knowledge we will be able to renew our acquaintance with him by and by at the great resurrection described in the the holy scriptures. Warm regards, Charles Lott, McKinney, Texas

  4. Guard was a good friend. I always enjoyed his jokes and his love of life. When having coffee at his home, he would let me know a lot of history pertaining to Three Rivers. We worked together on several TR Car shows. He was just a good guy that never harmed anybody or anything. Guard, thank you for your years of friendship.

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