Richard Dean ‘Dickie’ Dorrell
Richard Dean “Dickie” Dorrell, 77, of Rifle passed away March 17, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. Dickie was born April 17, 1932 in Rifle to Claude Melvin & Sina Leffa (Gilson) Dorrell. He married the love of his life Barbara Lee Welsh on June 22, 1952. Throughout his life he worked as a school bus driver, Standard Oil Consignee, Occidental Oil Transportation Driver, and an Alpine Bank & Sprint Courier. Dickie proudly served his country in the Army, and while stationed in Germany his daughter Connie Lee was born. After he returned to the states his son Arthur Wayne joined the family. He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Rifle, a member of the Rifle Volunteer Fire Dept., serving as chief in 1966, and a 50 year member of the Rifle Elks Lodge, serving his turn as Exalted Ruler in 1971-1972. Dickie is survived by his loving wifeBarbara Lee; son Arthur Wayne of Mesquite, NV; daughter Connie Lee (Russ) Guerette; brother Donald (JoAnn) Dorrell of Rifle; sister-in-law Marj Dorrell of Grand Junction; grandchildren Travis Brian (Danielle Lee) Guerette of Severance, CO, Treava Lee Guerette of Rifle; great-grandchildren Kyra Lee & Chloe Lee of Rifle and Austin Dean of Severance. He was preceded in death by his parents Claude & Sina Dorrell; brother Clinton Dorrell; and nephew Bruce Dorrell. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is planned for Saturday, March 27, 10 am at the Rifle Fire Dept. An Elks memorial and luncheon will follow immediately at the Rifle Elks Lodge. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Emmanuel Lutheran Church Pre-School or Rifle Elks P.E.R. Association.
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