Karl E. Dohner, 83, of Rehoboth Beach, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Harbor Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, in Lewes. He was born Sunday, Feb. 16, 1930, in Lebanon, Pa., son of the late Elias E. and Goldie M. (Kreiser) Dohner.
As a young man, Mr. Dohner honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was commissioned on the USS Edisto from 1948-52. Following his service, Mr. Dohner continued to serve his country working as a civilian serviceman for the U.S. Air Force, specializing in logistics. After 38 years, he retired and moved to Rehoboth Beach, where he could enjoy more time with his family and do the things he loved.
Mr. Dohner loved his work, family and friends, so in Rehoboth, he went back to work part time at various hotels around the area, including most recently, the Anchorage Motel, where he worked for over 10 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Lebanon, Pa., as well as VFW Post 7447 in Rehoboth Beach. He enjoyed tending to his garden and landscape, tinkering with his prized Jeep Wrangler that he owned for over 30 years, and his daily morning coffee with friends at the club (McDonalds), where they discussed the events of the day.
Most of all, Mr. Dohner enjoyed the time spent with his family. All his family knew they had his full love and support with anything they needed. Mr. Dohner was a loving brother, uncle, great uncle, and dear friend whose love and support, will live inside all who knew him forever.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Dohner was preceded in death by his three brothers: Stanley, Richard and Lloyd Dohner; and his three sisters: Evelyn Schirato, Miriam Donmoyer and Betty Augustman. He is survived by his sister and best friend, Jean L. Forry of Rehoboth Beach; his brother, Earl Dohner and his wife Hilda of Cornwall, Pa.; his two nephews with whom he was very close: Michael Forry and his wife Melody, and Craig Forry and his wife Leslie; and numerous additional nieces, nephews and dear friends. He is also survived by and received much joy from, his loyal cat, Miskitty.
All services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association, P.O. Box 163, Salisbury, MD 21803.