Harley James "Fritz" Dorsey, 89, of Grandview died on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Grandview Healthcare Center after an extended illness.
Fritz was born April 19, 1922 in Outlook to parents Charles Forrest and Eleanor Dorsey.
He was a graduate of Sunnyside High School, class of 1940. He then completed the flight training program at Central Washington State College prior to joining the Army Air Corps in October of 1942. Having earned an instructor's rating, he was assigned to pilot training until he was called to active duty on Sept. 1, 1944. He became a B-25 pilot. He was discharged from active service in May of 1946. He remained in the Air Force Reserve until his retirement in May of 1982.
He was a retired Concord Grape grower, having farmed in the Grandview area for many years.
Fritz enjoyed fishing, hunting, skiing, golf and oil painting.
He was a charter member of Elk's Lodge #2112 in Sunnyside and a member of Black Rock Creek Golf Course.
He enjoyed music, played the trumpet and especially loved opera. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and many locations around the world.
Fritz is survived by his wife, Myra, whom he married in 1951; a son, Michael (Lori); two brothers, Keith (Dona) and Kermit (Jean); and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be held Friday, July 8, 2011, at noon at Snipes Mountain Restaurant in Sunnyside.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grandview Health Care Center, 912 Hillcrest Avenue, Grandview, WA.
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.