Donald T. Dorsey, 72 of Concord, died Friday, September 30, 2022 at his home.
He was born December 25, 1949 in Beardstown, the son of Marshall Lee and Elizabeth “Betty” Caldwell Dorsey. He married Mary Yaeger on June 29, 1994 in Jacksonville, and she survives.
Also surviving is his son Brenton (wife Erica) Dorsey of Beardstown; three daughters Laura (husband Dan) Ramsey of Ellisville, MO, Rachelle (wife Rachael) Nickey of Champaign, and JoEllyn (husband Darren) Jacoby of Athens; nine grandchildren Corinne and Carolina Dorsey, Zachary Worley, Anna and Cooper Ramsey, Isaiah Nickey, and Karsyn, Kamryn, and Kymber Jacoby; and a sister Linda Homer (deceased husband Don Homer) of Jacksonville; and numerous, nieces and nephews; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law Wilma Yaeger, and a sister Marsha Dorsey.
Don was baptized and confirmed at St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown. He was a faithful man who put his trust in God. He lived by his favorite statement “I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and my Savior”
Don’s education was an important portion of his life alongside serving his country. He graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1968. He furthered his education by attending Culver Stockton University earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in the year 1972. Don then enlisted in the U.S. Army and honorably served during Vietnam. He later attended the University of Illinois obtaining his master’s degree in Business Administration in the year 1984. His education was a valuable tool that led him to a long-time career managing fiscal responsibilities for both the Department of Human Services and retiring from the Illinois Department on Aging in 2004.
Don was an engaged man and had many pastimes. In his younger years he was active with 4-H, especially raising cattle. He had a love for horses. Don took the time and broke his own horses so that they were able to be ridden. In his spare time, you could find him camping at his favorite spots: Site M, Shawnee National Forest, Siloam Springs, and Weinberg King. Don and Mary shared great memories of team sorting at JK4 Ranch in Rushville. He was a member of the NRA. Most importantly, spending time with his children and grandkids whether it was watching a ball game or just hanging out was the highlight of his life.
Funeral services will be held at Noon, Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown. Burial will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery with Military Honors conducted at 2 P.M. The family will meet with friends from 10:30 A.M. until the time of services at the memorial home on Thursday.
Don had a yearning for helping others. 20+ years ago he got involved with Saddle up for St. Jude’s hosted at Site M. He shared “I met a lot of good people through St. Jude’s”.
Memorials have been suggested to Saddle Up for St. Jude’s. Condolences may be left online at www.colwellmemorialhome.com or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.