Francis Owen Dorsey, 77, World War II veteran

April 08, 2002

Francis Owen Dorsey, a 45-year resident of Glen Burnie and a World War II Marine Corps veteran, died of lung cancer Friday at his home. He was 77.

Born in Washington, Mr. Dorsey grew up in Deale. He attended Gonzaga High School, a private school in Washington, and Texas A&M University before graduating from the University of Virginia.

He enlisted in the Marines on his 18th birthday in 1942 and served as a sergeant in a radio operations squadron in the Pacific. He received a Purple Heart for burn injuries suffered in battle, and was discharged in 1945.

He married his college sweetheart, Edna Hyle Johnson of Charlottesville, Va. The couple lived in Washington until 1957, when they settled in Glen Burnie.

Mr. Dorsey worked for as a federal tax inspector at liquor distilleries and as a health inspector for Anne Arundel County.

After a combined 20 years in those jobs, he worked for the Maryland Jockey Club. For the next 20 years, until his retirement, he was a teller at betting windows at Pimlico, Laurel and Rosecroft racetracks.

Mr. Dorsey was a Little League coach and an avid hunter, fisherman and bowler. He was a volunteer at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Glen Burnie.

A private service is planned.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael Dennis Dorsey of Glen Burnie; a daughter, Mary Patricia Betz of Gambrills; a brother, William James Dorsey of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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