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Donald Ray Dorff

Donald Ray Dorff Donald Ray Dorff was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Mother's Day in May of 1924. He was the first-born son of John Teddy and Mabel Longbrake Dorff. Don served his country during WWII in the US Third Army, 417th Infantry, 76th Division under the command of General Patton. His unit crossed from Luxembourg into Germany in the Battle of the Bulge. On September 8, 1945 he married the love of his life, Geraldine Finnessy. They have celebrated 67 years of marriage. Donald made his career in the field of hydraulics engineering. He began working at Gerotor May Company in Baltimore, Maryland before WWII and continued there after the war. In 1958 he moved to Manchester, Michigan to work for Double A Products. In 1966 Don founded and served as president of HPI, Hydraulic Products Inc. of Sturtevant, Wisconsin. Don holds two United State's patents in the field of hydraulic power transfer. In Baltimore and Michigan Don coached boys' baseball teams. He served the Boy Scouts of America as leader of Troop 350 of Union Grove and as a member of the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter Board. He served as lector at St. Mary's of Manchester and St. Mary's of Kansasville in Dover, Wisconsin where he also served on the Parish Council. Don and Geri, have eight children: Karen (Robert) Paul, Donna (Rudy) Possehl, Robert (Deborah) Dorff, Elizabeth (David) McKeever, Jeanne Dorff, Mary (Anthony) Jacobs, Jennifer (Anthony) Feck, and David Dorff. Fifteen grandchildren have been treated to the joy of having Don as their grandfather. They are Anthony (Nancy) Paul, Daniel Paul, Alex (Janeen) Paul, Matthew (Pam) Possehl, Melissa (Jon) Vinovich, Heather (Jeremiah) Zins, Benjamin (Kristel) Brossard, Emily (James) Flowers, Samantha Pias, Elliot Michelle Duvall, Laura (Brian) Huckins, Katherine Duvall, Kristin (Hafid) Boujidi, Karena (Diego) Cortes, and Alyssa Feck. Thirteen great-grand- children will miss his fun, his smile, and his loving presence at family gatherings. They are Lucas Paul, Duncan Paul, Zosia Paul, Natalie Zec, Nikolas Vinovich, Christopher Vinovich, Claire Vinovich, Lily Brossard, Hannah Brossard, Riley Brossard, Alaina Duvall, Oliver Huckins, and Zackariah Boujidi. Don is also survived by his four brothers: Richard of Maryland, Bernard and Charles of Ohio, and Earl of North Carolina and his nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dover with Rev. Robert Kacalo officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Relatives and friends may visit with the family at the CHURCH on Wednesday, from 10:30 AM until the time of service. Memorials have been suggested to St. Mary's Dover Legacy Fund. The family would like to express a special thank you to all the care takers from Wheaton Franciscan Hospice, the 3B Nursing Staff, and especially the pastoral care at St. Mary's, for all their care and compassion. Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory 908 11th Avenue Union Grove, WI 53182 262-878-2011 www.danielsfamilyfuneral.com

Funeral Home

Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home
908 11th Ave. Union Grove, WI 53182
(262) 878-2011

Published in Racine Journal Times on Jan. 8, 2013
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