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Obituary for Alfred 'Al' Dorn
Alfred ('Al') Dorn, 75, of O'Fallon, Ill, born in in Pittsburgh, PA in 1937, died Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Memorial Hospital, Southern Illinois Hospice. After graduating from the Loyal Order of Moose's Mooseheart Orphanage near Aurora IL, Al embarked on a remarkable 42-year career with the United States Air Force, with tours of duty throughout the country and overseas. He finished his 30 years of active duty as a Chief Master Sergeant working as the Enlisted Executive for three general officer Deputy Chiefs of Staff in the Headquarters, Strategic Air Command, Omaha, NE; and then served the Air Force for another 12 years as a government civilian working as the Chief of Publishing at the Headquarters, Air Mobility Command at Scott AFB IL. He was a member of the American Legion Post No 137 in O'Fallon, Air Force Sergeants Association, Armed Forces Benefit Association, American Military Society, The Heritage Foundation, O'Fallon YMCA, Memorial Hospital's 'Lively Lungs' lively (and rowdy) therapy group, and MENSA. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Iffet Emel Dorn; son Colonel Terry Dorn, United States Army, Burke, VA; son CorVel Corporation Vice President Greg Dorn, San Mateo, CA; daughter Titan Medical Lead Account Manager Debra Sanborn, Omaha NE; daughter-in-law (retired Major, US Army) Nicole Dorn, Burke, VA; son-in-law Cisco Systems Business Operations Manager Ken Wanzer, San Mateo, CA; son-in-law TSYS Project Manager Chris Sanborn, Omaha, NE; and handsome grandsons Alan and Calvin Dorn, Burke, VA. Al was a life-long sports participant and enthusiast; a fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and St. Louis Cardinals; strong supporter of the Salvation Army, American Lung Association and Wounded Warrior Project among others; enjoyed communicating with a long list of email 'buds'; was always in good spirits despite also being a political junkie; and threw back a daily scotch or two for medicinal purposes. He was a frequent contributor to the Letters opinion page of this newspaper and others, espousing the conservative view on current issues. “Enjoy your lives to the fullest; it goes by very fast and it speeds up with age. Take care of your family. Be good to one another. After all is said and done, family is the most important thing in life.' – Al Dorn
Service: Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:00am