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Dorell C Luce passed away December 12, 2012. He was born Jan 6, 1923. Dorell was a lifelong resident of Springfield, a member of the 1940 Graduation Class of Springfield Senior High School. On December 9, 1940 he married his high school sweetheart, Helen Scrivener. In their 72 years of marriage they were blessed with 3 children; Tim Luce (spouse Adele), Dorelen Crocker (spouse Pat), and Tracy Slagle (spouse Chris); 9 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren, and his precious care-family Kay, Caleb, and Liz.
Dorell loved life; he was a hard worker, an avid sportsman, and could tell a joke like no other. Dorell asked Christ to be his Savior as a child in his grandparents' church, Mt Tabor Baptist, near Ava, MO. He loved spending time at "Granddad's" as a child. He told his family that he had renewed that faith just a few years ago. At 14, he began working with his father as an electrician after school. He became co-owner of Aton-Luce-Leidy Electric Company and served Springfield residents and businesses for many years.
Dorell was a life member of the Sertoma Club, Past Master of United Lodge #5, Past Priest of the Royal Arch Masonic attaining the 15th degree, member of St. John's Commandry Lodge #20 RAM, member Zabud Council #25 R&SM, Past Worthy Patron of the Crescent Chapter of the Eastern Star, member of the Red Cross of Constantine, member of the Shrine staff of clowns and cannibals since December 15, 1959.
Dorell loved to hunt, fish and golf, he was also Past President of Twin Oaks Country Club and a member of Ducks Unlimited. After retiring Dorell and Helen moved to Sanibel Island, Florida, where they spent 25 wonderful years. There he volunteered as a Salvation Army Bell ringer (right after 9 holes of golf!) during the Holidays.
A celebration of Dorell's life will be at Greene Hills Country Club in Willard, Saturday December 15th from 1:00 to 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers we'd be honored if you'd donate to the Salvation Army this Holiday Season.
Published in the News-Leader from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, 2012