John J. Dorner, 75, of Wapakoneta, died peacefully at his home April 17, 2012, surrounded by his family.
He was born June 26, 1936, in Sidney, to Nora M. (Hunt) and Rudolph S. Dorner, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 26, 1959, he married Doris M. Petitjean, who survives in Wapakoneta.
Also surviving are two sons, Jeffrey (Kay) Dorner, of Wapakoneta, and John (Brenda) Dorner, of St. Henry; a daughter, Jodie (Eric) Stinebaugh, of Marina Del Rey, Calif.; three grandchildren, Drew Dorner, of Columbus, Nora Dorner, of St. Henry, and Mitchell Dorner, of St. Henry; a sister, Betty (Jim) Gaier, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a brother, Tom (Carol) Dorner, of Sidney; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Upon his 1954 graduation from Holy Angels High School in Sidney, John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, being stationed in both the United States and Germany from 1954 through 1956.
His career with the Van Dyne Crotty Corporation of Dayton began in 1960, and continued until his retirement as a senior sales and account manager in June 2001. He then worked part-time alongside his brother, Tom, at Bowman Brothers Used Auto Sales in Sidney.
John was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Eagles Lodge Aerie 691, the VFW Post 8445 and the American Legion Post 96, all of Wapakoneta. He is a former member of the Wapakoneta Dadâ€™s Club and served numerous years on the Wapakoneta City Recreation Board, with one term as itâ€™s president.
An avid sports fan, one could find John at any number of professional or collegiate games, but the oneâ€™s he enjoyed the most were those involving his children and grandchildren. He never missed a contest or recital!
John enjoyed golfing with family and friends, and playing all types of card games. He was a true â€śpeople-personâ€ť, and genuinely enjoyed socializing and conversing with everyone. And, although he always loved hearing a good joke, he found true joy in telling them. It was his specialty!
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Graveside services will follow at St. Josephâ€™s Cemetery in Wapakoneta.
Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Avenue (SR 501), in Wapakoneta.
Contributions may be made to St. Ritaâ€™s Hospice or the Auglaize County Cancer Association.