Peter T. Dole
Peter Thomas Dole, of Paris, IL, passed away on Monday, March 15, in Terre Haute, IN. He was the owner of Dole Law Offices in Paris. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Pete entered Dartmouth from Lake Forest Academy, where he was a National Merit Scholar, swam, and played football.
At the College he majored in history and was active in a number of activities: Zeta Psi Fraternity, the Interdormitory Council, the DOC (President of Bait and Bullet and Director of Freshman Trips), and Captain of the Rifle Team.
Pete enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam as a radio operator and paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles," earning two Bronze Stars for his later service in the Green Berets.
At the completion of his military service he earned his juris doctorate from Vanderbilt University. After working two years for the Securities and Exchange Commission, he returned to his hometown of Paris in 1975,
and was elected to a term as Edgar County State's Attorney. In 1980, he entered into partnership with his late father in Dole & Dole Attorneys at Law.
Pete was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Paris, where he served on the church board and as a deacon. He was the current City of Chrisman, IL attorney and a longtime member, board member, past president, and devoted supporter of the Paris YMCA.
He also was an Eagle Scout and remained active in scouting throughout his life. Pete will be remembered as an avid outdoorsman who lived to hunt. Locally nicknamed "Deadeye Dole", he was a loyal supporter of Edgar County Pheasants Forever, serving as treasurer for several years,
and was active in organizing and hosting the annual Sponsor Shoot and Youth Hunt. His dedication to upland fowl habitat creation earned national recognition. He also was a Life Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, and was an accomplished racquetball player, back country skier, and cyclist.
He especially loved his family, his friends and his dogs. Pete is survived by wife Becky and three daughters, Dr. Polly (Richard Bailey) Dole of Palmdale, Calif., Anna Dole of Chrisman, IL, and Ashley (Cliff) Hudson of Little Rock and three grandchildren, Emma Bailey, Lucy Hudson and Julia Bailey. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Paris, IL YMCA.