Leonard A. Dorsch
March 29, 1920-September 18, 2010
Leonard A Dorsch, Sr., 90, of Wheatland Village died September 18, 2010 at
Providence St Mary Medical Center. The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00
a.m. Monday, October 4th at the Wheatland Village Chapel with Rev. Tim Hays officiating.
Inurnment will take place at Memory Gardens at Mountain View Cemetary, 2120
S. Second Ave with reception following at the Rancho Villa Clubhouse. Memorial
contributions may be made to Providence St Mary Cancer Center Special Needs fund
or DeSales High School through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder.
Leonard was born to John and Anna Kruszowski Dorsch in Chicago,
IL on March 29, 1920. He attended schools in Chicago and enlisted
in the Army Air Corps in May 1941. He received his basic training
at Chanute Field, IL and his administrative training at Salt Lake
City, UT. In September 1942 he was stationed at the Walla Walla Army
Air Force Base with the 88th Bomb Group, 316th Bomb Squadron.
He married Wilma J. Healy on July 25, 1943 at the Catholic
Chapel at the Walla Walla Air Base. After discharge he went to work
for Walla Walla Canning Company for 5 years as Parts Department
Foreman. In 1950 he went into partnership with his father-in-law, John
Healy, at Healy's Mobil Station on 6th Main in Walla Walla. He sold
the business after 18 years and went to work for Cascade Natural Gas
as Distribution Clerk, retiring in 1982. Upon retiring he and his wife
traveled the U.S. extensively in their RV. They spent several years in
Florida and Arizona.
His favorite pastime was attending his great-grandchildren's
sports events and school functions. "Bopa's" grandchildren and greatgrandchildren
were the love of his life. Leonard was a member of Assumption Catholic Church and a life
member of BPOE#287. In 1982 he and Wilma were instrumental in
forming the Walla Walla Wheelers Elks Travel Group. Leonard served
as President of the group for 3 years. He was an honorary member of
the Knights of Columbus and served as secretary of the KC bowling
league for 13 years. He was also a past member of the Lion's Club,
Eagles, VFW, Good Sams Club and DeSales PTA.
Leonard enjoyed camping, traveling, bowling, clamming and
crabbing on the Oregon Coast, football and baseball. His last trip to
the Coast was a few months ago with his Grand-son, Darrin, when they
camped out, fished and clammed.
Leonard is survived by his Daughter, Cheryl Wales of Walla
Walla; son Leonard, Jr of Waitsburg; grandchildren and their spouses,
Cindi and Tony Gies and Darrin and Crystal Wales
of Walla Walla. Great-grandchildren Hailey, Andrew
and Braden Gies; and Kirsten and Nick
Wales; a sister Betty Trojan of Des Plaines, IL;
and brothers Thomas and Daniel Dorsch of
IL; a brother-in-law and wife Lewis and Lois
Healy of Walla Walla; and several nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Wilma, of 60 years; his parents; brothers Eugene
and John Jr; and daughter-in-law Vicki Dorsch.