Irvin Joseph Dorsey, 85, U.S. Air Force vet who enjoyed his daily Crossword puzzle

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Irvin DorseyIrvin Joseph Dorsey – known as “Big Irv” or “Pop” – died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, at the age of 85 surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce; five children, John, Michael (Diana), Glenn (Cindy), Joseph (Mary) and Mary Jo; former daughter-in-law Patty; and 10 grandchildren Alana (Alex), Keith (Hannah), Meaghan,  Joshua, Sean, Michael Jr.,  Jacob, Timothy Jr., Jenna and Grace; and two great-grandchildren, Lorelei and Noah.

Irv retired from the US Air Force after 20 years of service. His favorite assignment was his four years stationed in Blenheim, New Zealand. Over the years, he enjoyed several trips back visiting with his kiwi friends.

“Big Irv” especially enjoyed his Sunday family dinners – playing cards and board games with his family. He enjoyed his daily crossword puzzles and was an awesome Scrabble player. He was also an avid golfer in his younger days and made a hole-in-one at the Woodlands in Hampton.

The family will receive friends at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Buckroe, VA, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Buckroe, VA, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, officiated by Msgr. Barrett.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Yorktown Fire & Rescue Station.