Emery Ward Dorrow

Emery W. Dorrow

FT. MYERS, FL – Emery Ward Dorrow was born on July 21, 1926 in Big Bay, MI to Alfred and Viola Dorrow. He grew up in South Marquette on Genesee St. He passed in Ft. Myers, Florida on May 17, 2024 at the age of 97.

When Emery was 18 years old, he enlisted in the Army during World War II. He was a lead scout in the infantry at Okinawa. He received his honorable discharge in 1945, went back to Marquette, and ultimately retired as the Superintendent of Signals and Communications from the LS&I (Lake Superior and Ishpeming) Railroad after 35 years. Emery lived in Marquette for most of his life, and was a longtime resident of Gwinn and Ft. Myers Florida.

In his youth, Emery played many sports including football, baseball and hockey. He was known for being able to throw a baseball so fast that you could not even see the ball. He was also an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Green Bay Packers attending several games throughout the years. After he retired, he would haul gravel and made several driveways for people around the Gwinn Area. He also would help many family and friends with any projects they had going on. After he moved to Florida, he was very involved with Lakes Park Train Village for over 30 years. He brought and installed many signals from the UP for the Train Village, which are still there, and operational today.

He will always be remembered for using words such as “tulaticki” and always doing the “one foot two foot” upon guests leaving his house.

Emery was married to the late Betty Dorow (nee:Downey) for 10 years.

On April 16, 1980, Emery married Joan Menze (nee:Berandt) and they enjoyed a 44 year marriage.

Emery was a step father of Linda Hurrell (Donald), Karen McCormack (Myles), Jackie Lykins (Ken), the late David Menze, the late Maureen Richer (Al) and the late Mary Ann Duquette. Emery was a grandpa of Patricia Rodgers (Mike), Emery Lykins (Heather), Jason Zdunek (Jenna), Scott Hurrell (Trish), Lindsay Dunbar, Kristin Tasson (Douglas), Nathan Lamma (Nicole), Ryan Menze (Erica), Daniel Menze (Sonja), Elizabeth Hytinen (Bud), Karen Cross (Doug), Steven Duquette (Debbie), Chip Duquette (Tanya), John Richer and Mike Richer (Kory). Also surviving are many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

Emery’s wishes were to be cremated and have his ashes placed at Green Garden Cemetery in Skandia, MI.