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Raymond M. Dorrel

Raymond M. Dorrel, of Brookville, Indiana was born on April 11, 1930 in Franklin County, Indiana, the son of Vernon and Opha Miles Dorrel. He married Jean V. Harsh on June 12, 1948 in northern Indiana and she preceded him in death on July 21, 2012.

Ray was a lifetime farmer and a former seed dealer for Pioneer and Becks Seeds. He was a member of the Whitcomb United Methodist Church, Farm Bureau, the Bath Conservation Club, and a 60-year member of the Brookville F and AM. Ray was an avid supporter of 4-H and his family in school and sports. When he was younger he enjoyed showing hogs, pulling tractors and playing softball. On Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the age of 87, Ray passed away suddenly at Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville.

Those surviving who will cherish Ray’s memory include his children, son, Gary D. (Elaine) Dorrel, daughter, Donna Jo (Steve) Brack, son, Kenneth R. (Theresa) Dorrel all of Brookville, and son, Jeffery G. (Judy) Dorrel of Knightstown; son-in-law, Don Nesbitt of Felicity, OH; 16 grandchildren; and 35 great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Lucy Dorrel of Brookville; two brothers-in-law, Norman (Juanita) Harsh, and Phil (Faye) Harsh, both of Brookville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Nesbitt; sisters, Margaret Roberts, June Wehr, Betty Naylor-Hall, Evelyn Sauerland, Carol Singer; and a brother, Herbert Dorrel.

Many of Ray’s friends and customers will remember how he liked to start things early – to continue his tradition, visitation will be held from 3:47 until 7:47 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. A Masonic service will start at 7:47. Visitation will be held again on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 10:47 at Whitcomb United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Big Cedar Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be directed to Whitcomb United Methodist Church, the Franklin County 4-H Association Endowment in care of FCCF, or to a charity of choice. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ray Dorrel.