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June 12, 2014

Earl L. 'Smokey' McDorman

May 30, 1924 - June 3, 2014

Earl L. “Smokey” McDorman, 90, Kokomo, passed away at 8:37 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at his daughter’s home surrounded by his loving family. Dad was born May 30, 1924, in Kokomo to the late Charles A. and Dessie E. (Ratcliff) McDorman. Dad married the love of his life, Laura H. (Tootsie) Smith, on April 21, 1951, in Jeffersonville.

Dad enlisted and served honorably in the United States Navy from March 10, 1942, to April 20, 1946, as seaman first class on many submarines during World War II. In 1959, dad started his own business, McDorman and Sons Concrete Construction. Dad taught his family by example, love, respect, discipline and to work hard to attain your dreams. Dad was always just a phone call away. Dad was and always will be our hero. As Dad would say, “Ta. Ta.” Dad would always be whistling and singing. Dad enjoyed hunting, bowling, and pitching horseshoes. Most of all Dad enjoyed being with his family. Dad had a great sense of humor.

Earl is survived by and will be sadly missed by his loved ones, three sons, Earl L. McDorman Jr. (Sue), Australia, Gregory A. McDorman (Debbie), Kokomo, Stephen K. McDorman (Mary), Kokomo; two daughters, Susie McDorman and husband Corliss Freeman, Kokomo, and Jane (McDorman) Buehler (Jody), Goldsmith; stepdaughter, Beverly (Ammerman) Gould (Bill), Michigan City; daughter-in-law, Joy (Bousom) Ammerman, Kokomo; two sisters, Mary (McDorman) Kendall and Wanda (McDorman) Phifer, Kokomo; 21 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Laura; daughter, Shirley; stepsons, Wayne and Ronnie Ammerman; five brothers; one sister; one grandson; and two granddaughters.

A very special thank you to St. Joseph Home and Hospice Healthcare.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, at Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, also at the mortuary, with Pastor Ron DeGraaff officiating. Burial will be in Albright Cemetery. There will be full military honors provided by the U.S. Navy and the Kokomo Military Rites team.

You are invited to read Earl’s obituary online at www.ellersmortuary.com where you may sign the guest book or share a personal message with the family.

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