Dorsey, John Wiley

December 04, 2005

JOHN W. DORSEY, age 74 of Appleton, WI., and formerly of Westminster, MD, passed away Wednesday November 30, 2005 at Colony Oaks Care Center. He was born June 27, 1931 in Detroit, MI the son of the late Frank L. and Adell F. (Wiley) Dorsey. After graduation from Cass Technical High School he served a short period in the Navy. John graduated from Michigan Technical University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation he joined the Aerospace Industry working with the Martin Marietta Co. for ten years. He later joined the Maryland Public Service Commission for twenty years, with seventeen as Chief Engineer. John was an active person, he loved the outdoors, was an avid amateur photographer, EAA enthusiast, and he was especially fond of riding his BMW motorcycle. Bicycling, card playing, bird watching, the tall ships and enjoying family, friends and food gave John immense joy. Unfortunately JohnM-ms life as he knew it came to a tragic end following a motorcycle accident in 1988 which left him with a traumatic brain injury. He has since resided in several area group homes and care centers. We will miss him dearly, but we know he's finally at peace. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law Rene and Larry Mortier of Appleton, WI; two grandchildren Benjamin, Washington D.C. and Christopher Mortier, Appleton; a great granddaughter Rhian Murphy, Friesland, WI; also nieces Mary London, Martha (London) Barber, Beth London and nephew Tom London of California. John was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Christine Dorsey, and two sisters Marie Dorsey and Virginia London. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday, December 7 at 11:30 am at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 2331 E. Lourdes Dr. Appleton, with Fr. Harry Berryman officiating. Friends may received directly at the church from 11:15 to 11:30 am and after mass for social time. Burial will take place December 7 at 2:45 pm in Oconto Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for The Nature Conservancy. Contribution may be mailed in care of the funeral home at 606 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI. 54911

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