Duthiel H “Dutch” Borcherding

Duthiel H “Dutch” Borcherding

Birth
New Haven, Franklin County, Missouri, USA
Death 22 Jun 2013 (aged 93)
Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA
Burial Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA
Plot Sec E, Lot 48, Space 4
Memorial ID 112875587 · View Source
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Born on February 18, 1920 in New Haven, Missouri to the late William George and the late Clara Charlotte (nee Frietag) Barnes. He was raised from the age of fourteen months by his Aunt and Uncle, the late Anna and the late George Meyer in New Haven. They were members of the St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church in New Haven, where he was confirmed on April 9, 1933. He graduated from New Haven High School in 1937.
He worked many jobs after high school and was inducted in to the U.S. Army Air Corps on September 10, 1942. On January 30, 1944, after the bomber he was in crash landed in a Dutch field, he was taken prisoner by Nazi soldiers and served 15 months in German Prison Camps. On April 29, 1945, along with tens of thousands of other prisoners, he was liberated by American troops. He received his Honorable Discharge on October 23, 1945. He was united in Marriage to Delores McDonald on July 11, 1959 at St. Peter's Church in New Haven.
In a quiet and unassuming manner, Dutch has served Washington, New Haven, and Franklin County in numerous volunteer capacities for 60 years. He was a man of great dedication; through his career in journalism he provided for his family and through his numerous leadership and membership roles vastly contributed to his community.
Dutch's career in the newspaper business began with the New Haven Leader, but really found his niche when he took a job with the Washington Missourian where he served as the sports editor for 33 years until his retirement in 1990. His column at the Missourian was ‘In the Sports Mill with Dutch'. He was a member and past president of the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
His love of community and service was immense, which often led him to not just holding a membership role, but taking on many leadership roles within the organizations he served. Upon returning home from his Military Service, he began volunteer work with the American Red Cross; his leadership roles included serving as President, Secretary, Treasurer and Board member of the local chapter, and as a volunteer for the Bloodmobile for nearly 55 years. He was awarded the Clara Barton Honor Award, the highest award bestowed on a volunteer who has met the requirements of holding a leadership role in each of the Red Cross's eight major departments. Always the sports fan, Dutch volunteered for decades with the Washington Khoury League, Little League, and Babe Ruth programs and also headed the Washington area Umpires Association for many years. In recognition of this service, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Babe Ruth League in 2003 and was the first recipient of the D.H. "Dutch" Borcherding Excellence in Baseball/Softball Award by the Washington City Hall of Fame. Dutch was a member of the Washington High School Athletic Association for over 40 years and volunteered at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School as their basketball scorekeeper. In 2005, the Lion's Club presented him with the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for his dedicated humanitarian service. He was also a past President and Secretary for St. Peter's United Church of Christ's council in Washington. Dutch volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the Boy Scouts of America, and was on the committee for the Franklin County Silver Games. In addition, he held membership in the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, St. Louis and National chapters of American Ex-Prisoners of War, Air Force Association, and Second Air Division of Eighth Air Force Association.
He is survived by his wife, Delores of Washington; two sons, Bradley and wife Sharon of Eldersburg, Maryland and Bruce and wife Jennifer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; six grandchildren, Eric, Dylan, Jacob, Cassidy, Byron, and Benjamin; two brothers in law, Jack Schamle in Redding, California and Carl Rottman in Houston, Texas; two sisters in law, Marcella McDonald in New Haven and Mary Alice Borcherding in New Haven; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a community of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his aunt and uncle who raised him, and eight siblings.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Duthiel H “Dutch” Borcherding (18 Feb 1920–22 Jun 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 112875587, citing Saint Peters Cemetery, Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Edward Johnson (contributor 47694690) .