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Andrew Dorn, Sunpapers transportation worker

The Baltimore Sun

Andrew C. Dorn, a retired Sunpapers employee who worked in the newspaper's transportation department for nearly four decades, died of kidney failure Sept. 22 at his Dundalk home. He was 89.

Mr. Dorn was born and raised in East Baltimore and attended city public schools. During World War II, he worked as a riveter at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River, building warplanes.

A chance encounter in 1944 with a Sunpapers employee led Mr. Dorn to apply for a job driving a newspaper delivery truck, family members said.

"He took great pride in his work at The Sun and had many anecdotes about the tribulations and other obstacles he overcame to make sure the paper was delivered on time, every time, regardless of the weather," said James Geibel, a son-in-law.

Mr. Dorn also worked in vehicle maintenance.

"He did all sorts of jobs in the garage. Whatever needed to be done," Mr. Geibel said.

Mr. Dorn retired in 1980.

He married Jane Elizabeth Wilkowska in 1941, and the couple shared a lifelong interest in polka dancing and were members of the Maryland Polka Train.

Mrs. Dorn died in 2007.

Mr. Dorn also liked traveling to Ocean City and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Private graveside services were held Saturday.

Also surviving are two daughters, Andrea Geibel of Dundalk and Joanna Bearman of Essex; a brother, Frank Dorn of Essex; a sister, Estelle Heckrotte of Glen Arm; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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