C. Dorsey Ruley Jr.
1951 - 2019
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C. Dorsey Ruley, Jr.

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - C. Dorsey Ruley, Jr. 68, of Corpus Christi, TX, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Betsy; children, Kellye Fabian (Steve Story) and Tracey Kline; grandchildren, Jamie, Lucy, Jaclyn and Kalyn; siblings Linda Hogan, Patricia (Mark) Brown, and Charlotte (Tom) Schwenk. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Dorsey Sr., and Charlotte Ruley. Dorsey was born on April 20, 1951 in Gary, IN. He grew up in Lowell, and in the early sixties, was injured in an accident, leaving him paralyzed. Although he spent most of his life as a quadriplegic, it was marked by fullness of family and friends, competitive sailing, and meaningful work. Dorsey completed his undergraduate, MBA, and post-graduate studies in the Midwest. At Illinois Bell, he designed the first voice-controlled work station and spent his career in marketing and communications. He married Betsy in 1985 and they spent most of their 34 years in Chicago as a great team. They were friends, parents and grandparents, sailboat owners, and travel companions. Dorsey won multiple sailboat races and regattas, including the Chicago-Mackinac Race (he competed 34 times), Port Huron-Mackinac Race, the NOOD Regatta, and the Verve Cup. His boats received Chicago Boat of the Year on many occasions and he was awarded the Arthur B. Hansen Award for rescue at sea. Dorsey was a lifelong Chicago sports fan, proud supporter of the Sea Scouts, and a mentor of many young adults whom he encouraged in their education, careers, and confidence.

Dorsey traveled extensively, including to the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, Costa Rica, Alaska, Columbia, Hawaii, Brazil, Paris, and through the Panama Canal. His smile, sense of humor, persevering spirit, and stubbornness will be missed by all who knew him.

There will be a small family visitation on Saturday October 19, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a family memorial service following at 12:00 p.m., all at SHEETS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, IN 46356 (www.sheetsfuneral.com).

A celebration of life for all friends, acquaintances, and competitors will be held in Chicago, IL at a later date in November. www.sheetsfuneral.com

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Published in The Times on Oct. 17, 2019.
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September 10, 2020
Dorsey worked for me in Marketing Strategic Planning at Illinois Bell from 1982 to 1984. He was an extremely great guy and friend until We relocated to California in 1984. We enjoyed visiting at his boat with my husband Jim and our two sons. I still have the coffee mug he gave me as a parting gift. Glad to see he got married in 1985 and enjoyed the company of children and grandchildren. For the good times my friend !
Connie Gholson
Connie Gholson
November 30, 2019
Twenty years ago, Dorsey helped me get crew for Vayu's first Mac race and we've stayed friends all these years.
RIP Dorsey.
Ron Buzil
October 17, 2019
Sorry to hear the sad news; truly a great competitor and inspiration to all . Jon Knudson, Fellow Goat.
jon knudson
October 17, 2019
Dorsey had such a remarkably powerful personality. He taught me to sail, and was probably the most significant influence on my quest for formal education. His sense of humor was so clever, and his knowledge of any subject was well informed.

I had the privilege to sail the Verve Regatta with him a few years ago. We placed highly and it was very memorable.

He will be missed.
Steve Valentor
October 17, 2019
Dorsey will definitely be missed. Many memories. My condolences to Betsy, children and family.
Jeff Comeaux
October 17, 2019
I enjoyed helming for Dorsey on Black Magic. He had me inspect the Sydney 42 while i lived in Sydney and I was proud to be a part of his boating family. Dorsey always had a great program. Will be missed.
Chuck Norris
October 17, 2019
Dorsey was an inspiration to all around him.
He will be greatly missed at all sailing events. Warmest sympathy to Betsy and family.
Bud Alden
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