Charles Athol Dohrman, 93, of Sunnyside passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior, with his beloved wife Iral at his side, Aug. 26, 2006 in Sunnyside.

He was one of 12 children born to Charles J. and Josie Mae (Gillum) Dohrman on Nov. 24, 1912 in Cambria, Wyo. He attended a one-room school in Wyoming, and also attended school in Nebraska and Washington. He stowed away on a railroad car with his father in 1926 from Hay Springs, Nebraska, arriving in Wenatchee at the age 13. He married Iral Marie Baldwin on October 28, 1934 in Custer, South Dakota, where he worked for her father. He and Iral made their home in Sunnyside since 1942 along with other members of the family.

Charlie was a mechanic and with his wife, Iral, owned and operated the family business, Dohrman Auto Electric, in Sunnyside from 1945 until retiring in 1976. He served as a mechanic on truck lines during WWII. He invented, patented and manufactured RV steps. He earned his pilot's license in March 1954. He was an avid hunter, a member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Sunnyside Camp of the Gideons. He spent many hours "tinkering" in his shop with the lathe and metal working tools. He could fix anything.

He was an active member of the Free Methodist Church since 1942, and served as church treasurer. He and Iral accompanied the Haitian Medical Missionary team to Haiti nine times and sponsored six Haitian children. He designed, built and donated a utility trailer for the missionary team in the early 1980s. From the early 1970s through the early 1990s, he and Iral traveled extensively throughout the southwest with his brothers, frequently stopping off in Farmington, N.M. to assist the missionaries. He was a caring and upright man, generously giving of himself and his time, and he will be sorely missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by Iral, his beloved wife of 72 years, and their five children: daughters, Roberta (Bobbie) S. (Wes) Fultz of Ridgecrest, Calif. and Charla N. Elkins of Sunnyside; sons, Donald G. (Judi) of White Pass, Leon I. (Terie) of Selah and Richard (Dick) P. (Gayle) of Ellensburg; and their 17 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren; scores of nieces and nephews; his brothers, William and Ernie, and sister, Margie; and six sponsored children in Haiti, Lysania Martilus, Belo Etheard, Jamille Casseus, Cema Augustin, Talima David and Itzven Philippeau.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ruth Owen, Esther Schultz, Margaret Miller and Thelma (Happy) Rose and brothers George, Louis, Donald, and Wayne.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, from noon until 7 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, at 10 a.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, with burial to follow at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that friends honor Charlie through memorial contributions to the Union Gospel Mission, 1300 North First Street, Yakima, WA 98901.


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