Duthiel "Dutch" Harry Borcherding, 93, Washington, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013.|
Dutch, son of the late William George Borcherding and wife Clara Charlotte, nee Frietag, was born Feb. 18, 1920, in New Haven. He was raised by his aunt and uncle, Anna and George Meyer, in New Haven, from the age of 14 months. He attended New Haven High School, and graduated in 1937. Dutch worked many jobs after high school, and was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps Sept. 10, 1942. He became a prisoner of war in Germany Jan. 30, 1944, and served 15 months in German camps. He was liberated April 29, 1945, and received an honorable discharge Oct. 23, 1945.
Shortly after his return from duty with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, Dutch began volunteer work with the American Red Cross in 1946. He served this agency in many capacities, including the board of directors, president, secretary and treasurer of the county chapter which became the East Central chapter. He served as a volunteer for the Red Cross bloodmobile in various capacities for nearly 55 years. His service was commemorated with the reception of the Clara Barton award from the American Red Cross for years of volunteer service.
Dutch graduated from Ranken Trade School in 1952. He was united in marriage to Delores McDonald July 11, 1959, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, New Haven. He began his working career with newspapers at the New Haven Leader. He then worked for the Washington Missourian where he served as the sports editor for 33 years, until his retirement in 1990. His column at the Missourian was "In the Sports Mill With Dutch."
For decades he was a volunteer with the Washington Khoury League, Little League, and Babe Ruth League baseball programs. In recognition of this service, in 2003 he received a Life Time Achievement Award from the Washington Babe Ruth League. He was the first recipient of the D.H. "Dutch" Borcherding Excellence in Baseball/Softball Award by the Washington City Hall of Fame. In addition, to his volunteer work for baseball and softball programs, he headed the Washington Area Umpires Association for many years.
Dutch was a member of the Washington High School Athletic Association for over 40 years, and served as a volunteer basketball scorekeeper for St. Francis Borgia High School. He was a member of the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, and was president of the group.
Dutch served as president and secretary of the church council at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Washington. He served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Boys Scouts and the Franklin County Silver Games committee. His memberships included The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, St. Louis Chapter and National Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War, the Air Force Association, Second Air Division of Eighth Air Force Association and the Washington Lions Club. In 2005, the Lions Club presented him with the Melvin Jones Fellow award for his dedicated humanitarian service.
Dutch was preceded in death by his parents, William George and Clara Charlotte Borcherding; aunt and uncle, Anna and George Meyer; eight brothers and sisters, William G. Borcherding, Harlin F. Borcherding, Allegra C. Schmale, Dorcus Lucille Kruse, Morris J. Borcherding, Dorris Rottmann, Vernon L. Borcherding, and Sterling Robert Borcherding.
He is survived by his wife Delores, Washington; two sons, Bradley Borcherding and wife Sharon, Eldersburg, Md., and Bruce Borcherding and wife Jennifer, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; six grandchildren, Eric, Dylan, Jacob, Cassidy, Byron and Benjamin; one brother-in-law, Jack Schmale, Redding, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Marcella McDonald and Mary Alice Borcherding, both of New Haven; many nieces; nephews; cousins; and a community of friends.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Miller Funeral Home, Washington. The American Legion and VFW walk-through was at 7 p.m.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, following the burial with full military honors at the church cemetery at 10 a.m.
The Borcherding family was served by Miller Funeral Home, Washington.
Published in The Missourian on July 3, 2013