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John Ellis Dooley

October 19, 1957 — May 23, 2022


John Ellis Dooley, age 64 of Goshen passed away on Monday, May 23, 2022 at Goshen Hospital. John was born on October 19, 1957 in Elkhart to Harry Ellis and Norita Dooley. He married the love of his life Kimberly Harrell on June 26, 1982 at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Elkhart.

John graduated from Fairfield High School class of 1976 in New Paris, IN. In his youth he worked for Burger Dairy, Fidler Redi Mix and was the owner of Flagstix Golf Center in Elkhart. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, playing cards with “the group”, and a good round of golf. He took great pride in keeping his yard to look like a golf course. His greatest love was spending time with his family, fur babies and friends.

John is survived by his wife of 39, years Kim Dooley; their fur-children Lucy, Ethel and Mr., their daughters Erika (Jake) Gorsuch of Winnsboro, SC. and Jess (McKenna Carter) Dooley of South Bend, IN. grandchildren Reid Gorsuch, Bauer Gorsuch and Piper Gorsuch and grand-dogs Reba, Jack and many more foster-fur grandbabies, his sister Julie Dooley and his brother-in-law Oran Griffith of New Paris, IN., mother-in-law Dreama Jensen of Elkhart and brother-in-law  Col.(Ret) Jeffrey(Susie) Harrell of New Mexico. His special friends Brian Clayton, Belinda Clayton (deceased), Brad Lemler, Cathy Lemler, Dave Thwaits, Rhonda Thwaits “Bee, your euchre partner has arrived!” John was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Jeanie Griffith.

A visitation will be held from 1-7pm on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd., Elkhart, IN 46514. Online condolences may be sent to the Dooley family at The Dooley family would like to give a warm, heartfelt thank you to the doctors and nurses of Goshen Hospital. Memorial donations may be made in memory of John to Organization for Autism Research, 2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 401, Arlington, VA, 22201 or  American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 or Dunlap United Methodist Church, 23674 US HWY 33 E, Elkhart, IN 46517 First Tee 13000 Sawgrass Village Circle, Building 4,Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082


American Diabetes Association
PO Box 7023, Merrifield VA 22116-7023

Dunlap United Methodist Church
23674 US 33, Elkhart IN 46517
Tel: 1-574-875-7950

Organization for Autism Research
2111 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 401, Arlington VA 22201

First Tee
13000 Sawgrass Village Circle, Building 4, Ponte Vedra Beach FL 32082

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