Born December 19, 1929, in Bentley, North Dakota, to Andrew and Evelyn (Heth) Krause, she was the oldest of three children. The Krause family moved to Sheridan, Wyoming, when Dolores was very young. They homesteaded in the area and she received her schooling there, graduating from Sheridan High School in 1946. Immediately after, she became the secretary for Mr. Lewis at the Credit Bureau. She enjoyed her work there immensely and spoke fondly of that period many years later.
On June 16, 1950, Dolores was wed to Frederick L. Hinz at the old First Baptist Church where it then stood on Coffeen Avenue. One daughter and three sons were born to the couple. The couple lived in California for a brief period during this time, returning to Wyoming and then moving to Texas. While Fred attended college, Dolores served as secretary to the president of LeTourneau Tech.
The couple returned to Sheridan where Dolores enjoyed staying home for the first few years with the children. In the late ’50s, the couple built a new home on east 5th street. In 1963 they purchased a small acreage on Big Goose where the family lived until Dolores moved to Sundance in 2010. She shared her agricultural background with Fred and all. Her children learned to milk cows, feed market 4-H calves, breed a small band of sheep for market sales, feed out market hogs, chickens, turkeys, raise a garden, and much more.
In those years Dolores became an assistant to Sarah Voss at the Sheridan Employees Federal Credit Union. She was promoted to manager and worked in this occupation until she retired in 1987. She also served as secretary for the state credit union league.
Dolores was known for her cooking and baking and she taught her children many of these skills. She canned and froze much of the produce and meat raised by the family while serving as a 4-H leader, Sunday School teacher at First Baptist where she was an active member, and a member of the Postal Auxiliary. Her children think of her as the glue that held their very active family together.
Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, George Krause; and her husband of nearly 54 years, Fred, in 2004. She will be greatly missed and warmly remembered by her youngest brother, Elvern (Dianne) of Portland, Oregon; daughter, Suzette (Perry) Livingston and her children, John (Shannon) Moline, Rachael (Zac) Fross and Jenna Moline; son, DeWayne (Cathy) Hinz and their children, Jason Hinz (Lindsey Innis), Kirsten (Mason) Martens and Andrea (Miles) Pittsley; son, Gary (Susanne) Hinz and their children, Coreen (John) Kanet, Brinton (Allison) Hinz, Alaina (Craig) Houtz, Erin (Jerel) Bowen, Derek (Ashley) Schreinert, Ashley (Ryan) Koltiska and Kristin (Bob) Backscheider; son, Mark (Sharilyn) Hinz and their children, Jaren Hinz, Jonah Hinz, Joshua (Samantha) Lange and Amanda Lange. Dolores had 18 great-grandchildren.
Interment will take place at the Oregon State Trail Veterans Cemetery in Casper, Wyoming, where she will be laid to rest with her husband. A memorial service and celebration of life were held on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Sheridan. Memorials may be sent to Camp Bethel. PO Box 70, Dayton, WY 82836.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com