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John Ezra Dorsett III

July 10, 2020

John Ezra Dorsett III, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2020 at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis from the Coronavirus. He was 79 years old.

John was the second son of three boys born to John E, Jr. and Dorothy (Smith) Dorsett. His dad was a ranch hand for Guin Liggett Ranch in the Flint Hills. After moving to Derby, where John graduated in 1959, he was helping with harvest in Douglass where he met the love of his life Patsy McNown and they were married 59 years.

John retired from USD 259 School Service Center in 2000 after 38 years. The family made their home in Newton in 2003. John enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends for many years. He loved being on the Walnut River with his fishing buddies.

John is survived by his wife, Pat; three sons, John E. IV (Lynnette), Patrick, and Thomas (Kris), three grandsons, John E. V, Maxwell, Chance, step grandson Ryan Hladik (Meredith) and step great-grandson Nolan Hladik, and also a “special son” Richard (Jennifer) Snodgrass.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael; daughter-in-law, Cherri (Patrick) Dorsett; brothers, Clarence and Richard.

A Memorial Service will be held August 7, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at the Eureka City Cemetery in Eureka, Kansas.

The family suggest memorials to Salem United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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18 thoughts on “John Ezra Dorsett III

  1. John made my morning at the Newton YMCA so much more encouraging and brighter every time we got to talk. As an employee there, I always looked forward to seeing him. I am truly heart broken and praying for you and your family.

  2. So sorry to hear of the loss of John! I always enjoyed seeing him at the Newton Y. Such a sweet man he will be SO missed. My prayers and thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time

  3. So sorry to hear of the loss of John! I always enjoyed seeing him at the Newton Y. Such a sweet man he will be SO missed. My prayers and thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. Remember watch John and Pat raise there children over the years. And the funny times out at the lake.

  5. My sincere sympathy to your loss of John. So sorry to hear he passed. We all loved him and will greatly miss him.

    I am praying for you and your family.

  6. So very sorry for your loss
    Keeping you in my prayers at this extremely difficult time

  7. Thanks for being in my life uncle
    John. I always looked forward
    To seeing you and Pat and the boys. Until we meet again snookie!!!!

  8. Remembering John, and his “fishing buddies from the Walnut river”. My dad, Garland Bare thought of John as one of the sons he never had. His favorite times were playing pitch and fishing with John and some other 6 scoundrels. He was a fine man and friend. So sorry.
    My deepest sympathy and prayers for you Pat and family.

  9. So sorry to read of John’s passing. I first knew John in 1969 when I was appointed USD 259 Director of PE and Athletics. At that time John was working with Verdis Gullett in the fabric repair department at the School Service Center located at the East High campus. Over the years I worked closely with John and found him to be extremely reliable and competent. I learned to count on him to get the job done! I’m pleased our paths crossed. He was a loyal fellow employee and he will be missed by many.

  10. So sorry to read of John’s passing. I just knew John since 1969 when I was appointed USD 259 Director of PE and Athletics. At that timeg John was working with Verdis Gullett in the Fabric Repair Department at the School Service Center located on the East High campus. Over the years I worked closely with John and found him to be extremely reliable and competent. I learned to count on him to get the job done! I am pleased our paths crossed. He was a loyal fellow employee and he will be missed buy many.

  11. So sorry to hear about John. He was a joy to be around. Thinking of you all. I know you have a lot of great memories.

  12. Sorry to hear about Snooks passing. He was a kind man with a heart of golden love. He will be missed by many and remembered always.

  13. John was a great man. I have known him and his wife (Pat) for quite few years. He will be deeply missed his smile will always be remembered. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.

  14. John was a great man. I have known him and his wife (Pat) for quite few years. He will be deeply missed his smile will always be remembered. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.

  15. Pat and John’s family mmbers. As one of my co-workers, Pete Cannady wrote earlier, John was a jewel to work with. He was always a positive person to be around. Pat, I wan t to take this opportunity to thank you fore the loving care that yoiu gave to my brother, Mark Miller, in the last years of his life. You were more than just a good neighbor. Mark loved you dearly. We arte so sorry for your loss of John. John wsas one of the very best. Our prayers are with you.

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