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OBIT – Neal M. Dorsch

MISSION – Neal M. Dorsch, 91, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at his home in Mission.

Mr. Dorsch was born in Bird City, Kan. on Jan. 13, 1926 to George and Emma Dorsch.

He graduated from Bird City High in 1943, served in the Korean War and then married Audrey Lucille Shoemaker on Dec. 4, 1949. They were wheat farmers in Flagler, Colo., and he went on to patent the sweep plow.

In 1965, he built three water stations in the Congo to serve a village. In 1968, he took his family to Haiti to work on a project building a hydro-electric system to give electricity to a hospital, orphanage and the village of Limbe. He and his wife moved to Mission in 1988 to start Melody Lane Christian Renewal Center.

Survivors include his children, James and Mauro Dorsch of Houston and Nancy King of Mission; brother, Norman Dorsch of Bird City; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Harold Dorsch, Evelyn Harvey, Adeline Sawyer and Nobel Dorsch.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 24, from 1 to 9 p.m. at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Family will be present from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 25, at 2 p.m. at Palm Valley Church in Mission. Burial follows at Valley Memorial Gardens in Mission.

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