Roy Doleshal attended high school at Wyandotte in Kansas City, Kansas, where he lettered in football and played baseball. He also played baseball throughout the city and was a member of a team in the Ban Johnson League. Prior to graduating he enlisted in the Marine Corps and spent one year in the South Pacific on an aircraft carrier near the end of World War II. Upon being honorably discharged, he returned home to graduate from Wyandotte in 1946.
He worked for a year before enrolling at Baker, where he immediately became a four-year starter in baseball, his true athletic love. He lettered all four years while playing for coaches Jack Austin and Russ Davee. He also played and lettered on the golf team and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Following graduation he began a teaching and coaching career before being called for reenlistment in the Marine Corps. He attended officer school, was commissioned and served in the Korean War as a Platoon Commander and Legal Officer. He remained active in the Marine Corps reserves for several years retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 1970.
He maintained his association with baseball throughout his early-mid life and pitched, coached and umpired in numerous recreational and semipro leagues near his home.
He had a distinguished 35-year career in business with The Travelers Real Estate Division, where he held a number of management positions in Kansas City, Cleveland, Wichita and for his last five years with the company in Dallas where he served as vice president of the Southwest Division. He retired in 1989 and moved to Northwest Arkansas, where he could play competitive tennis and play golf year-round.
He lives in Bella Vista with his wife, Jean. He has two sons, David and Bradley, from a previous marriage.