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Morton Freer Dorothy, III, 69, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 8:42 P.M. June 16, 2017 at his residence in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born April 2, 1948 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to parents, Morton Freer Dorothy, Jr. and Lou Ann (Grant) Dorothy. He married Claudia Minor on August 8, 1981 in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Morton is survived by his wife, Claudia Minor of Urbana, Illinois; son, Fredric Dorothy and wife Crystal of Birmingham, Alabama; daughter, Olivia Dorothy and husband Damon Gray of Rock Island, Illinois; stepson, Zachary Kauffman of Urbana, Illinois; grandsons, Everett Dorothy of Birmingham, Alabama and David Gray of Rock Island, Illinois; siblings, Syren McElvain and husband Claude of Decatur, Illinois, John Dorothy and wife Diane of Riverside, California, and Sarah Lee of Mount Vernon, Illinois; two nieces, Kim Terry and Jennifer McCloud; two nephews, Erik Dorothy and Hank Lee; five great nieces and nephews, and several great-great nieces and nephews.
Mr. Dorothy was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Eva and Obadiah Grant and Pauline and Morton Dorothy, Sr.; brother-in-law, John Lee; and one great-great nephew.
Morton worked as an attorney in a private practice and served on the Illinois Pollution Control Board, penning many of the states Environmental Regulations. He was an honorary merit scholar for his high academic achievements while at Mount Vernon High School. Morton was awarded the Champaign County Bar Association Pro Bono Award and was a self-proclaimed advocate for hopeless causes, doing whatever he could to always help people in need. He had a great work ethic and endlessly kept himself busy, which is evident through his many hobbies and interests. He was a renaissance man and amateur carpenter, historian, genealogist and naturalist. Shortly before his death, Morton completed a manuscript on the landscape and landforms of Casey Fork. He enjoyed hiking, camping and paddling and was an active member of the Prairie Rivers Network. Mr. Dorothy was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Celebration of Life: 6:00 P.M. Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Mr. John Smith and Reverend Rachel Helgeson officiating. A Greeting of Family and Friends: 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Inurnment will follow the Celebration of Life service at Union Chapel Cemetery in Texico, Illinois. Memorials: Prairie Rivers Network
Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 or visit hugheyfh.com for further information.
Published on June 19, 2017
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