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John W. Doliber

April 3, 1931 February 13, 2014
John W. Doliber
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Obituary for John W. Doliber

John W. Doliber, a long time resident Milford, Michigan, where he owned and operated The Shutter Shop on Main Street for over fifty years, died on February 13, 2014. He was 82 years old.

Born on April 3, 1931 in Detroit, he was the son of Henry Lyford Doliber and Dorothy Muriel Loranger Clark. His parents were teachers and John grew up surrounded by books and magazines and a wide range of interests. His life long love of reading � from history texts to Louis L�Amour Westerns -- his passionate interest in the Detroit Tigers, and his great fondness for intelligent conversation on a wide range of subjects were gifts of an upbringing that indulged his many curiosities. Following high school, John served in the Korean War with the US Army. On his return he went to work with the railroad to save money for the shop he envisioned owning where cameras and photography supplies and equipment would share space with toys and comics, musical instruments and art supplies. The Shutter Shop was a one-of-a-kind emporium where young and old alike could indulge their hobbies and artistic impulses and John could assist them achieve their goals. A vintage Nikon or a clarinet, a set of watercolors or a model train, a chemistry set or old comic books were all part of his marvelous inventory. Magic kits and guitars, stamp and coin collections and vintage toys all could be found in this special place. John worked the shop from morning till evening, six days out of every seven, at some level more the curious kid than the business mogul, more aficionado than retailer. He belonged to the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce and pitched in, though sometimes grumbling, for Main Street promotions and Christmas parades and became a fixture in the life of the village for half a century. His serious collections brought hobbyist from all over the region for the encyclopedic knowledge he possessed and the pure joy of conversing with him. He played bridge with his wife and friends on the weekends, enjoyed a good barbecue and taking his family to baseball games. In pets he preferred cats, in politics he leaned towards Rush Limbaugh, and in media he preferred vintage radios to big screen T.V.�s. He was an accomplished artist with a folio of pencil drawings and portrait sketches, a host of customers and old acquaintances who saw in John an inquisitive and intelligent man who�d never entirely outgrown his boyhood.

Preceded in death by his wife, Shirley in 2005, he is survived by daughters, Juliann (Charles) Klocke and Jill Johnson; his grandchildren, Charles Klocke, Jr., Christopher Klocke, Raven Johnson, Alyssa and Aleijah Cross; and a great granddaughter, Alexandrea Elizabeth Klocke. Also surviving are his brother, Richard (Patty) Doliber and nephews, Jeff, Chris and Matt Doliber.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty, Milford, on Tuesday, February 18, at 12 Noon with the Rev. Steve Gonzales officiating. Friends may visit on Tuesday morning from 10AM until the time of service. Burial will follow at Milford Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made in his name to Grace Hospice of Lansing or to the Milford Historical Society. For further information please phone 248-684-6645 or visit


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