Louis Edward Dorer, 82, postal worker, POW

October 29, 2003

Louis Edward Dorer, a retired postal worker who had been a World War II prisoner of war, died of renal failure Monday at Lorien Frankford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The Overlea resident was 82.

Mr. Dorer was born and raised in Baltimore and attended city public schools before going to work in 1938 at the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

Drafted into the Army in 1944 and assigned to the infantry, Mr. Dorer was wounded in action, captured by German forces and sent to a POW camp where a German physician saved his life.

"However, Lou lost his right eye and hearing," said William Cusick, a longtime friend.

Mr. Dorer joined what is now the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in 1951. He later worked delivering mail in downtown office buildings until his retirement in 1988.

He was an avid flower and vegetable gardener.

"He loved giving his friends and neighbors fresh tomatoes and vegetables," Mr. Cusick said.

He was a member of Charles Evering Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Epiphany Lutheran Church and the Cedmont Community Improvement Association.

He was married for 50 years to the former Jean White, who died in 1998.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Miller-Dippel Funeral Home, 6415 Belair Road.

There are no survivors.

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