December 12, 2014

100th Birthday

A couple weeks ago, Kenneth Dorsch ran into two strangers at the grocery store and they fell in love with his fantastic character.

Once he told them his 100th birthday was coming up, Lisa Gangi and Jordan Holwell decided they wanted to give this “American Hero” something big for his birthday, so they set out to try and to get him 100 birthday cards for his 100th birthday through a social media campaign.

And it seems to be working, for days now, Dorsch has been receiving stacks of cards at his Martin Avenue Apartment. As an added bonus, he celebrated at his complex on the 10th with the others who lived there with December birthdays.

“It’s been very exciting. I was gonna get up at 7 o’clock and I turned over and went back to sleep, it felt good. But I’ve been on the phone and the people have been coming in, it was interesting, what a day,” said Dorsch.

But that won’t be his only party, on December 19, Lisa and Jordan have arranged for another celebration at the complex, but this time the mayor, city council members, other veterans, and community members will all be there to honor Dorsch who will also be receiving a State of Illinois Resolution.

In a century of living, this preacher’s son has managed to pack in owning a local meat store, raising a family of three, plenty of time dancing and playing golf and leaving a lasting impression on the “Naperville Loves a Parade” mural.

He left us with the best piece of knowledge he’s learned over his 100 years.

“Keep busy, keep happy, if you cry you cry alone and trust in the lord with all your heart.”
If you’d like to send your well wishes to the veteran, address them to Kenneth Dorsch, Martin Park Manor, 310 W. Martin Avenue, Naperville, Illinois 60540. And in the corner, add “operation 100.”

A last interesting fact about Dorsch, his last operation as a WWII military policeman in 1945 was to guard General Eisenhower and President Truman for the Army Day Parade in Chicago. Before it was over, he shook hands with and saluted both of them and then they thanked him for his service.


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