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2011-09-15 / Obituaries


William Dortch, 72, of Topeka, Kan., died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at his home. He was born February 28, 1939 in Thomasville to J.C. and Flossie Nobles Dickinson.

Mr. Dortch was an Army veteran, with his career spanning from 1960 to 1990, and served in the Vietnam War. He received the Purple Heart among other awards. He was a member of Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church and a former member of Midwest ELKS Lodge No. 1441. He married Angela Marie Bennett on May 7, 1994.

Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Penwell-Gabel Southeast Chapel. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. Interment will follow in Penwell- Gabel Cemetery where full Military Honors will be conducted by a Burial Detail from Fort Riley, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Pauline King.

He is survived by his wife, Angela Bennett Dortch of Topeka, Kan.; three daughters, Sonja Evans of Thomasville, Alexis Dortch of Atlanta, Ga. and Shavonne Bennett of Topeka, Kan.; two sons, A. C. Green of Thomasville and Perry Taylor of Morvin; seven siblings, George Dickinson, Claude Dickinson, Cleveland Dickinson and Joe Paul Dickinson all of Thomasville, Milton Dickinson of Detroit, Mich., Charles Williams of Atlanta, Ga. and Doretha Clarke of Chicago, Ill.; four grandchildren.

To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

Penwell-Gabel Funeral Homes, Crematory and Cemetery in Topeka, Kan. directed.

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