Judge Dollison was born June 9, 1948, in Hot Springs, South Dakota. He attended schools in Newcastle, Wyoming and joined the United States Navy in 1967 where he served honorably until his discharge in March of 1973. He then attended Sheridan College in 1973 and earned honor books in Humanities and Social Science, served on the Student Senate, played intramural sports, was a member of the Chess Club, Phi Theta Kappa, and Veteran’s Club, all while working nights as the Head Custodian in the Whitney Building. After graduation Fred transferred to the University of Wyoming, earning a B.S. in Political Science, with honors, and was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha, (The National Political Science Honor Society), Phi Beta Kappa, and Pi Sigma Alpha honors societies. Fred continued his education with a Juris Doctorate degree from the college of Law in 1980. After graduation Fred moved back to Sheridan and joined the firm of Badley, Rasmussen, and Shoumaker. In 1985 Fred started a solo practice which continued until 1990 when he formed a partnership with Mike Shoumaker. A year later their partnership joined with Virgil Kinnaird and Rene Botten to form Northern Wyoming Law Associates and continued in practice until 2002, when he was appointed as the first Circuit Court Judge in Crook County, Wyoming. In January 2003, he became the Circuit Court Judge in Weston County, Wyoming. Fred’s achievements are impressive by all standards. He represented Sheridan County School District #2 for nine years and was a member of the National Association of School Board Attorneys, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the National Organization on Legal Problems in Education, as well as serving in all offices of the Sheridan County Bar Association.
Fred was active in his church; he taught the youth confirmation class and served as an elder on the governing Session. Fred made time to be involved in many local civic organizations and even shared his knowledge of the law as an adjunct faculty member at Sheridan College.
Fred married Cheri in 1972 and together they have raised a wonderful child, Erin. Erin and her husband Mark Nitschke are both currently employed at Sheridan College. It seems the whole family has been employed at the college in one capacity or another. Cheri was administrative staff and managed the bookstore, while her father, Harold Gilbert, was one of Sheridan College’s first agricultural faculty members. When asked about Sheridan College and its value in his life Fred stated, “Sheridan College gave me a solid foundation upon which I was able to build my life and career.”
Fred is survived by his wife Cheri; daughter Erin and husband Mark of Sheridan; sister Judy Hawthorne and husband Bob of Chadron, Nebraska; and brothers Rollie of Osage, Wyoming, and Mike of Newcastle, Wyoming; Aunt and Uncle Mike and JoAnn Smith; Aunt Beth Hoeft; very special cousins and nieces and nephews.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents John Earl Dollison and Doris Rogers Dollison; infant brother James Jay; grandparents Fred Vaughn Dollison and Flossie FernPrell Dollison; and Raymond Rogers and Myrtle Ruth Maudlin Rogers.
Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in Sheridan, WY. A memorial has been established to benefit the Sheridan Dog & Cat Shelter and the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to 1456 N. Heights Drive, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com