July 10, 2018

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Merle Hay Funeral Home



July 9, 2018


Merle Hay Funeral Home

William Jeffery Dorn

William Jeffery Dorn, born August 14, 1942 in Des Moines to Jerome and Jeannette Dorn, passed away July 4, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. He had one sibling – Bonnie Jean Hadden.

Bill married his best friend and love of his life, Ruth in 1972. They had known each other since middle school. They made their home in West Des Moines before moving to Polk City for the last 30 plus years.

Bill was a graduate of North Highschool in 1960. He played various sports including baseball and basketball. He served in the Army Reserves from 1964 to 1970.

He began his career at Bridgestone Firestone in 1968; retiring after 42 years of hard work.

Bill loved playing pool, horse racing, traveling with son Jeff to various race tracks. The highlight was going to the Kentucky Derby. He loved music and dancing; corvettes, boating and making delicious treats in the kitchen…always changing the recipe each time so no one else could make the exact dish. Family would put orders for his Guinea Grinders which he would make and deliver. He made angel food cake for each family member on their birthday. Christmas won’t be the same without his homemade cookies, clusters and party mix. He enjoyed cooking and baking!

Bill is survived by his wife Ruth; son Jeffery W. Dorn of West Des Moines; step daughters Wendy Bockenstedt (Lee McElwain) and Leigh Luse (Bob) of Chicago, Illinois; grandchildren Sarah Dorn, Brandy Schwieso, Kodi Bockenstedt, Chase Bockenstedt, Chance Bockenstedt, Blake Sokoloff and Frank Luse; three great grandchildren Natalie Mack, Jackson Schwieso and Emery Hoover.

Visitation will be Monday, July 9, 2018 from 5 -7 p.m. Celebration of his life service will be Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. both at Merle Hay Funeral Home.

A luncheon will be held for all guests at the Trostel’s Greenbriar Restaurant 5810 Merle Hay Road Johnston, Iowa 50131.

The saddest moment is when

the person who gave you the

best memories, becomes a memory.


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