Gerald Lee Dorow was born at home on Nov. 15, 1918, in Imlay City, Mich. His parents, Louise Martha Retz and Samuel David Dorow, were the children of German immigrants. Gerry was an only child and spent his youth in Detroit. After graduating from high school, he worked in his father’s construction business in order to pay for his tuition and books at Lawrence Tech where he earned a chemical-engineering degree.
September 1941 found him in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was assigned as a meteorologist in India where he directed planes over the Himalayan Mountains. He was honorably discharged as a major in March 1946. He loved to share his experiences of what he looked at as the greatest adventure of his life.
In 1947, he met Florence Kathryn Booth on a blind date. They married on July 11, that year. She was the cherished love of his life and they were seldom apart throughout the more than 65 years of their marriage.
Gerry’s career as a chemical engineer spanned nearly four decades. From 1946 to 1972 he worked in supervisory positions for Allied Chemical in Detroit and Green River, Wyo. From 1972 to 1981, he worked as a maintenance engineer for BASF Chemical in Wyandotte, Mich., until his retirement.
Gerry and Katy loved to travel and visited most of the contiguous states as well as Alaska and parts of Europe. In 1987 they moved to Billings to be near two of their children.
Gerry passed away on May 9, 2013, age 94, at his residence. He is survived by his beloved wife, Katy, and his children: Sharie Pyke of Billings; Dr. Gregory Dorow and his wife Terry of Billings; Deanna Patz of Dripping Springs, Texas; and Tamara Freeman of New Buffalo, Mich. He also leaves 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements have been made at Smith Funeral Chapel, 304 34th St. W., Billings, MT 59102.
Visitation is Thursday, May 16, 6-8 p.m. Services will be Friday, May 17, at 1 p.m.
Memorials may be sent to Montana Rescue Mission.