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Edwin L. Van Dorn, age 69, of Mindenmines, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Landmark Hospital in Joplin.


     Edwin was born June 3, 1939, in Lamar, Missouri, to Harry and Hazel (Corben) Van Dorn. Edwin joined the U.S. Army in 1964 and served in Germany.  In addition to farming, he had worked for various factories including Harvest Brand, Vinylplex, and Castlegate.  Edwin was an accomplished guitarist and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and shooting with his grandchildren.  He had been a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church in rural Liberal.


     On June 18, 1966, at Pleasant View Baptist Church, Edwin married Judy Smith, and she survives, of the home.  Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Treva & Kevin Collier, Mindenmines, and Paula & Craig Short, Bentonville, Arkansas; two brothers, Harry Lee Van Dorn, Asbury, Missouri, and Carl Van Dorn, Mulvane, Kansas; two sisters, Virginia Turner, Sheldon, Missouri, and Marie Crank, Hutchinson, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Kyle, Brad, Josh, & Adam Collier, Travis, Nic, and Kayla Short; and several nephews and nieces.  Edwin was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, William Van Dorn and Richard Van Dorn.


     A graveside funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 1st, at Nashville Cemetery with military honors conducted by Liberal VFW.


     Memorial contributions are suggested to the Van Dorn family to help with medical expenses and may be sent to Daniel Funeral Home.


#9 Mindenmines, MOJimmy and Kay Coleman 2009-06-01 14:56
Please accept our deepest sympathy at the loss of Edwin. You are all in our prayers.
#8 Kalispell, MontanaBill Freeman 2009-06-01 06:43
My deepest condololences on Ed's passing. I have not seen Ed for many years, but I worked with him at Vinylplex lots of years ago. Ed was a great guy and one on many that helped to build Vinylplex in its early beginning. God bless him. God bless his family and may the Lord grant you peace and understanding in this difficult time. My prayers will be with you all.

Bill Freeman
#7 Fayetteville, ARPete and Rilda Manley 2009-05-31 17:55
We are so sorry to hear about Edwin's passing. We extend our deepest sympathy to all the family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. He was a good friend. We will always remember our trip to Dogpatch USA.
Pete and Rilda Manley
#6 Jean Overstreet 2009-05-31 07:35
My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of sorrow.
#5 Indianapolis, IndianaMarie Collier 2009-05-31 07:15
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. My thoughts and prayers are with your family on this very difficult of days.
#4 Lamar, MO.Gerald and Darla Reno 2009-05-31 06:30
We were sorry to hear of Edwin's passing. We knew Edwin back in the 60's thru our good friend Marlene Cox. We remember him as a unique individual and a good person with great musical talent. God's blessings to his family.
#3 Scammon KansasLorri Hill 2009-05-30 09:50
Dear Judy,
I worked with you many years at Sugar Creek packing and you were there to support me when my husband died. I just wanted you to know how much that helped me then. If I can do any thing to return your kindness please let me know. Your friend Lorri
#2 Weatherford, TexasGary & Joy Davis 2009-05-30 07:24
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of grief.

Edwin, Carl, Gene (my brother),Don Corben, leRoy Gribble, and a host of others, and I use to do a lot of running together during our younger days.

I remember Edwin and Carl playing the guitar and singing. They also use to play together at the same time on the same guitar. I thought that was a real accomplishment.

Edwin was a good and loyal friend and will be greatly missed.

Gary & Joy Davis
#1 Orlando, FLSheryl Wolf 2009-05-29 19:34
Dear Judy, Treva, and Paula,
Sorry that I won't be able to make it out for the memorial service, but my thoughts and prayers will be with you. I have nothing but the fondest memories of our times spent with Uncle Edwin. He always had a good joke or story to tell and such a wonderful, joyous laugh. Uncle Edwin sure made retirement a lot more enjoyable for dad with his phone calls. His loss will be sorely felt. God Bless.

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