Richard L. "Dick" Gorrell

Born: Sun., Aug. 5, 1928
Died: Thu., Jun. 14, 2012

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Richard L. "Dick" Gorrell, 83, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at his Lake James home in Angola, Indiana. He was born on August 5, 1928 in Hudson, Indiana to Dawson and Dolly (Ladd) Gorrell. He married Shirley A. Mote on April 8, 1957 in Angola, Indiana. Dick graduated from Pleasant Lake High School and from Tri-State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked in Fort Wayne at Magnavox retiring after 35 years. He did Consulting Engineering in Rockford, Illinois; Dayton, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio and in Savannah, Georgia at Gulfstream. His work, from Real Estate to forming companies and constant inventing, kept him young. He was and still is the eternal optimist and his sharp wit and sense of humor and kindness will be missed. He served his country in the US Air Force during the Korean War and is a member of the Angola American Legion Post 31. Dick is a member of the Pleasant Lake Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife Shirley A. Gorrell of Angola, Indiana; sons Todd (Amy, Tyler) Gorrell of Angola, Indiana; Rick Gorrell of Novato, California; his grandson Ryan (AeRin) Gorrell of Angola, Indiana; two brothers John (Marjorie) Gorrell of Pleasant Lake, Indiana and E. Gene Gorrell of Jimmerson Lake, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Dawson Gorrell and William "Bill" Gorrell. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at the Weicht Funeral Home in Angola, Indiana. Visitation will be from 11 AM - 1 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. A Military Services will be conducted by the Angola American Legion Post 31. Memorials may be made to Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 W. 8th Street, Suite 216, Erie PA 16501

Memorials may be made to Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 W. 8th Street, Suite 216, Erie PA 16501

11:00AM to 1:00PM on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at Weicht Funeral Home (map/driving directions)

In-state at 7:00PM, Service at 1:00PM at Weicht Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 (map/driving directions)

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James Gorrell - June 16th, 2012 at 6:43pm - Email
My sincerest condolences. Uncle Dick will be greatly missed by all of us whose lives he touched. I love you all, God Bless, Jamie.

Denny Springer - June 17th, 2012 at 3:46pm - Email
Shirley and all the Gorrell Family, Dick was indeed a very kind hearted man. Dick truly wished the best for everyone in his family and so many more that were among his friends. After his 83-years, Dick became acquainted with most everyone in our community while making them a friend as well. Having known Dick for several years, he would often share stories of himself and his siblings as they grew up together in Pleasant Lake. It was very obvious the Gorrell's were a close and loving family. As well, Dick spoke lovingly of you Shirley, and for your children Todd and Rick. It is however that Dick loved beyond measure his grandson Ryan; this was so obvious by the sparkle in Dick's eye when Ryan was in his presence or being spoken of. Having worked at Magnavox with Dick in the early 70s', it was something special to see Dick as the "Engineer in Charge" and at the top of his game. Magnavox and our Navy owe a great gratitude of appreciation to Dick for his dedication and vigilance in supporting the Ant-Submarine-Warfare products built by Magnavox in the cold war years. "This was a serious matter and Dick responded to the challenge and for good reason, as a military veteran, Dick understood what was ultimately at stake in the matter." Dick had a passion for knowledge and when educated as an engineer, he applied his passion productively. Now Dick is with our Lord and at rest as his reward for a life well lived for himself, his life with you Shirley, his family, and all of us as his fellow countrymen. GOD bless Richard L. now in heaven and at rest, you also Shirley, and all the Gorrell family. May you all forever remain in the grace of GOD. Denny Springer Proud to be a friend of Richard L. Gorrell

Diane Kirchner - June 18th, 2012 at 12:21pm - Email
I'll miss your smiling face and making your vodka/Tonics.

Russ Carpenter - June 18th, 2012 at 4:45pm - Email
I'm not even sure where to begin, in saying how much I appreciated Dick (aka "George" to many of us), and all the wonderful memories I have at the Gorrell household. Todd and I first met way back in 1974, and it wasn't long before I was spending more time at his house than mine, because of all the fun things we did (and perhaps a few not-so-bright-things). Todd's dad had the best in-house shop in the area, so Todd and I could create all kinds of wild things. It was always an adventure. I did my first major road/camping trips with the Gorrells. First to the East Coast in the late '70s, then all the way to the West Coast in the summer of 1982. What an awesome trip that was. Thanks to Dick's Magnivox connection, we had the state-of-the-art video camera equipment for the time, and we were able to get much of that trip on tape. What a great time that was. I also made my first visit to a major amusement park with the Gorrells, when we first went to Hershey Park, then a couple years later to Ceder Point. Todd and I had so much fun there. I thought riding the roller coaster at night was the coolest thing ever. Of course there were the summers on Lake James, from being in the old Sea Ray to the flaoting barge Dick, we always had a great time. I fondly remember Dick taking Todd and I on our bikes to get a burger and shake and the little diner down the road on Crooked Lake. He really was like a second dad to me, as both my parents were slaving away at our restaurant. In more recent times, I always made sure to stop in to see Dick and Shirley when I made visits to Angola. It was so nice sitting on the deck, having a vodka/tonic with them. Something I missed out on with my dad, but very much enjoyed with Dick. He will be missed by many, and very much so by me. I'm thankful to have shared all those times with the Gorrells, and my years in Angola were made far more memorable because of the time with them. -Russ

Dennis Ostendorf - June 19th, 2012 at 8:45am - Email
I met Dick during his consulting days with Sundstrand in Rockford Il. Dick would always be telling stories about his children and grandchildren and you could see how much joy they brought to his life. I loved Dick's positive attitude and his zest for life. At the time Dick owned a motor home and lived in it during the week and then he would drive back to Angola most every weekend. Dick was also very generous. On one occasion, he bought tickets for a bunch of us to go to a Green Bay Packer game at Lambeau Field. We left Rockford at 5 am in his motor home and the beverages began to flow soon after. The Pack played the 49rs and we witnessed another Joe Montana 4th qtr comeback. We had a wonderful time thanks to Dick. On other occasions, we played golf together. Regardless of how well he played, he always enjoyed the game. My family has vacationed in the Angola area as long as I can remember and I enjoyed Dick telling about his time on Lake James with his family or his real estate deals on Crooked Lake. You are a special man Dick and you will be missed by many!!

Bruce and Charlene Martin - June 19th, 2012 at 1:09pm - Email
Shirley and family Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Peggy(Ankenbruck) Mills - June 19th, 2012 at 9:36pm - Email
Todd and Family, You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your father. It was always so enjoyable talking to him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Peggy Mills

Wally - August 13th, 2012 at 11:04pm - Email
Dick, you are my hero. I always looked to you as a role model. Unachievable for me, but still a goal worthy of the dream. I left you and have always thought of you. God's speed my good friend.... see you soon i'm sure.... w

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