Francis "Frank" Dolen, 84, of Ridgefield, husband of Elizabeth (Rhatigan) Dolen, died Nov. 3, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Dolen was born Feb. 3, 1926, in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of Franklin and Marion (Coghlan) Dolen.

He was raised in Staten Island, N.Y., attended Staten Island schools and New Dorp High School and graduated from Wagner College.

Mr. Dolen was a United States Navy veteran, having served in World War II and the Korean War.

Mr. Dolen joined IBM in 1955 as an analyst and retired in 1990 after 35 years of service.

A resident of Ridgefield since February of 1962, having come from Staten Island, he was active in the Ridgefield community.

Mr. Dolen was a member of the Democratic Town Committee and served on the town of Ridgefield's Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Finance and Library Board. He also spent many years as a Little League coach.

An accomplished distance runner, Mr. Dolen was a member of the Wolfpit Running Club.

He was an avid gardener, a passionate reader and enjoyed genealogy and the works of William Shakespeare. He was a member of the Shakespeare Society.

Mr. Dolen was a member of the Everett Ray Seymour Post American Legion in Ridgefield and St. Mary's Parish.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, Mr. Dolen is survived by six sons, Frank Dolen, and his wife, Julie, of Washington Depot, James Dolen, of Ridgefield, Thomas Dolen, of New Fairfield, Joseph Dolen, of Brookfield, Timothy Dolen, and his wife, Cheryl, of Boulder, Colo., and Michael Dolen, of Ridgefield; two daughters, Eileen Haupt, and her husband, Steven, of Jericho, Vt., and Linda Dolen, of Tampa, Fla.; two sisters, Eileen Newman, of Washington, and Joyce Scanlan, of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; and five grandchildren, Brendan, Tyler, Jessica, Colleen and Sadie.

The Kane Funeral Home of Ridgefield was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877; to the Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, Home Care Program, 405 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810; or to St. Mary Church, Facilities Repair and Maintenance Fund, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT 06877.