Thomas J. Dorsey

Thomas J. Dorsey, age 67, of Arkdale, Wisconsin passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

A celebration of his life will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020, at the Bay Rest Resort in Monroe Center, Wisconsin.   Interment will be at the Monroe Center Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. Following the interment, his celebration of life will continue back at Bay Rest Resort.

Thomas was born on August 6, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois to Hugh and Adele Dorsey. He attended Maine West High School where he was a member of multiple sports teams and found his love of golf.  Following high school, Thomas attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Administration of Justice.

Thomas was employed by Sears Roebuck and Company where he was a loss prevention manager.  This is where he met Kelly and their love story begins.  Tom and Kelly were married on March 17, 1990, in Schaumburg, Illinois.

In May of 1996, Tom and Kelly became the proud owners of Bay Rest Resort in Monroe Center, Wisconsin.  They together recently celebrated 24 years of business at Bay Rest.

Tom enjoyed golfing, fishing local lakes in Wisconsin, and his yearly trip to Canada with his father Hugh and his brothers.

Tom was a proud Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and Chicago Blackhawks fan.  Whether it was on T.V. or live at Soldiers Field you could always see him cheering for his teams.

Tom was an active member of the Tavern League of WI, Tavern League of Adams County, and took pride in his many roles for the league.

Tom was past president for Adams County Tavern League and 5th district director for over 8 years.  He was also president of Monroe Center Winter Pals for many years.

Tom loved visiting Ireland with his wife Kelly, loved learning about his Irish heritage and he always told the most interesting stories of his childhood, youth, love of his life, and family.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Adele; father, Hugh; father-in-law, Rich; brother-in-law, Keith; niece, Ryan, and nephew Richie.

Survivors include his wife, Kelly Dorsey; daughter, Kathleen (Duran) Specht; son, Tommy Dorsey; daughter, Megan Dorsey; sisters, Ann (Wayne) Solner, Susan (Robert) Klehr; brother, Hugh (Dawn) Dorsey; sisters, Adele (Jim) Patton, Maggie (Keith) Bokina; brothers, John (Jenn) Dorsey, Robert (Mary) Dorsey, Joe (Vicki) Dorsey; in-laws, Kim (Mike) Gdula, Kerry (Mark) Altintop, Rich (Michele) Mayer, and loving mother-in-law, Kathy Mayer.  Tom was also survived by his 27 nieces & nephews and their beloved families, and his grandson Mason Specht who he enjoyed sharing his love of coins and history with.

Tom will be missed by all his close friends and Bay Rest family.

“May you be wrapped up in God’s love, found deep in his everlasting wings, carried and kept, safe and cherished. May the healing power of Christ breathe across your being now”.  Amen.

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  1. Fran McCarthy & JoEllen says:

    With our sincere sympathies! We are so saddened to hear about Tom!
    Sending our payers to you and your families, in hopes that you will all find some peace, during these most difficult of times.
    Fran McCarthy & JoEllen (in FL)

  2. Fran McCarthy & JoEllen Smith says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy to you and your families. We are so saddened to hear about Tom!
    Our prayers are with you and hope that you can find some peace, during these most difficult of times.
    Fran McCarthy & JoEllen (in FL)

  3. Fran McCarthy & JoEllen Smith says:

    With all our sympathy to you and your families. We are so saddened to hear about Tom!
    Our prayers are with you and hope you can find peace, during these most difficult times.
    Fran McCarthy & JoEllen (in FL)

  4. Jacky & Jim Kamps says:

    Sorry for your loss. Tom was a good man and will be missed.

  5. Big Johnsons says:

    Kelly and family, so very sorry about Tom. We have already lost so many so soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Try to find comfort in knowing he is with them. Neil, Brittany and I love you guys so much. Anything you might need, please call. 🙏

  6. Ed Wojnicz says:

    Kelly: So very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. It was a pleasure to have known him. I sincerely apologize I will not be able to attend Saturday as we have a wedding in Kenosha. Hugs from me and take care. I will stop in to see you in person when I get back. Sincerely, Ed

  7. Margaret Hanlin says:

    So sorry to here of your loss Kelly. Tom is in Jesus hand now an truly in a better place than any of us now.

  8. Joe Connell says:

    Sorry Kelly I won’t make it up, but my heart is there. I’ll be around soon. Love you.

  9. Mike & Becki Welter says:

    Kelly,
    We are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He will be sadly missed. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Lynn Hunyady says:

    My Dearest Cousin Kelly – I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
    He will me missed!!!

  11. Elly Tabrizi says:

    Sending heart healing and caring thoughts to Kelly and the Dorsey Family. We are very sorry for your loss.
    With Sincere Condolences,
    Reza, Elly and Affy Tabrizi

  12. Kissinger Bob & Jean says:

    Kelly so sorry to hear about Tom. Sending you thoughts and prayers

  13. beverly j moo says:

    KELLY I JUST KNOW SAW THAT TOM PASSED AWAY. IM SO SAD FOR YOU. I HAVE NOT SEEN YOU FOR AWHILE BUT I DO REMEMBER TOMS GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR WHEN I WAS WORKING FOR JIM. MAY TOM REST WITH JESUS KNOW IN HEAVENLEY PEACE. SINCERELEY, BEVERLY MOO

  14. Kari & Mike Banovec says:

    Kelly and family, we are saddened to hear of your loss. Know that you are in our families thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  15. Glenn Johnson & Tina McIntyre says:

    Kelly, Kathleen and family, Deepest Sympathy for your loss of Tom. He was a good friend, great person and touched a lot of peoples lives. He will be missed by all💞.
    Have you in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Evelyn & Larry Johnston says:

    Kelly, We are so sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. Sending prayers & hugs

  17. Toni Jefferson says:

    Kelly,
    Our hearts go out to you. We are so thankful for the giving and loving care the two of you have provided to our family and our community. He has always been a favorite.
    With much love,
    The Jefferson and Mann Clan

  18. Marshall and Sue Bjorge says:

    Rest in peace in His loving arms Tom. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers to you and your family Kelly.

  19. Marge Edwards says:

    Kelly, so to hear of Tom’s passing – sympathy to you and your family

  20. Dawna graske says:

    Kelly and family in so sorry to hear the loss of Tom. He will be deeply missed. My prayers go out to all of u.

  21. Barb Wipperfurth says:

    Tom and I are sorry for your loss of Tom. May you find peace in the days to follow.

  22. Mark. Ramcke says:

    Tommy was one of my best buds. We shared a house with six guys at college. He stood up at my wedding. The stories I could tell. The world needs characters like Tom he will be missed by all that knew him.

  23. Cheryl says:

    Love you peasche. My heart is with you. Please call when youneed to talk. Cry. Scream. 2247700175

  24. Bob & Mary Ann Benkowski says:

    Kelly, there are few words that would cover the contribution that Tom has left on this earth. Our prayers are with you that God will give you the strength to get through this time. God Bless you and yours,

  25. Ed Wojnicz says:

    So very sorry Kelly. Prayers.

  26. Lynnetta M Braatz says:

    So sorry for your loss, tom will be missed prayers for your whole family

  27. Shawn Ard says:

    I will miss his stories and his laugh! He was the most sincere person i’ve ever met. Tom, you will be missed, rest in peace. To Kelly and all his family, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  28. Tom n Tammy Debish says:

    So sorry for your loss Kelly. He was a very nice man.

  29. Linda Salamonski says:

    Sincere condolences from
    Linda and Scott Salamonski

  30. Larry and Bonnie Rodriguez says:

    Kelly, we are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing.
    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  31. Jerry and Kay Tipping says:

    Kelly and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  32. Warren Gayton says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss, prayers and thoughts for you and family.

  33. Williams family says:

    My deapest condolences. He was a great man and will be missed ♥️

  34. denis s Hadley says:

    so sorry for your loss

  35. Tony and Merrilee Marchese says:

    So sorry for your loss, sending thoughts and prayers to you and the family!

  36. John Mikrut says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss Kelly. Prayers for you and your family. May he Rest In Peace.

  37. Jax Cargola says:

    So sorry for your loss Kelly, Tom was a good man he will be missed, prayers to you and your family ❤❤

  38. Sandy Keller & David Schulties says:

    Sorry for your loss of passing of Tom.Rest in peace Tom.If you ever need a shoulder to cry on or talk I am here.I have been down this path,Hugs and prayers to u and rest family

  39. Fred Renner says:

    So sorry for your loss Kelly. You have my families deepest sympathy…. Fred, Debbie, Hunter, and Ryan….

  40. Rob and Mary Hogan says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. May Tom fine peace. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Bay Rest won’t be the same without him

  41. Dennis and Maria says:

    We send you “our” love and prayers

  42. Dennis and Maria Kowalski says:

    We send you are love and prayers.

  43. Peggy & Jeff Rosenthal says:

    Sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Prayers for you and your family.

  44. Alfred Hamilton says:

    Kelly,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May Tom Rest In Peace. I am here for me if needed.
    Al Hamilton.

  45. Laura Horn says:

    With heartfelt condolences to you Kelly ❤️

  46. John and Pam Shepherd says:

    So very sorry for your loss, thinking of you and you Family

  47. Beth & Brian Carlson says:

    Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences Kelly. Lifting you in thought and prayer for strength during this most difficult time.
    Love to you and your family

  48. Kathy & Jim Carter says:

    Kelly I’m so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I hope the great memories help you thru. I loved going to a Wisconsin bar owned by a Chicago fan!! All my prayers and good mojo are sent your way from Cherry Valley, IL.

  49. Scott Bordeau says:

    Sorry for your loss Kelly.

  50. Bob and Sharon Wintlend says:

    Bob and I are so very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Our sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

  51. Bob and Sharon Wintlend says:

    Bob and are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Our sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

  52. Craig Cunningham says:

    So sorry Kelly! I know you loved him very much?

  53. Tony says:

    Hello Kelly .Tony and family and friends sends our deepest condolences .keep your Head to the sky Joy come in the morning

  54. Mark Dobbert says:

    Very Sorry to hear about Tom…Rest in Peace… My sympathy to you Kelly..

  55. Joan and Al Pearson says:

    Kelly – we are so sad to learn of Tom’s passing. We had so many fun times and lots of laughs with you guys and we sure will miss him but will cherish all the great memories of him. Thinking of you at this very sad time. Love and miss you Joan & Al

  56. Kenny and Stevie Beatty says:

    Oh Kelly, we are so very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God wrap you in his arms and care for you at this difficult time🌹

  57. Kimmy says:

    Kelly I’m sorry for your loss, my prayers go out to you and your family

  58. Kimmy says:

    Kelly, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. GOD BLESS

  59. Tony says:

    sorry for your losses keep your head point towards the sky.. Joy come in the morning

  60. Jayne Marchal says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Tom. He will be greatly missed by all. Sending hugs and prayers 🙏🤗

  61. Judy Carlson says:

    So very very sorry to hear this. Please know we send our deepest sympathies. Thinking of you Kelly and your family and please know we will miss him..

  62. Dean and Renee Gumieny says:

    Sorry to hear of you loss Kelly and the Dorsey family Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  63. Debbie anderson says:

    My deepest sympathy to you Kelly and to your family

  64. Bill and E Kent says:

    Our deepest condolences, we sure will miss Uncle Tom, his stories, dancing with him on NYE and his jokes. Hugs and love to all the family. BLay he RIP….. Bill and E Kent
    ..

  65. Laurie Garrett says:

    Oh Kelly, I am so sorry to hear this news. if i can do anything, please let me know..i sure loved when you guys came in Romanos on Monday nights. Some of the best conversations ever with you and Tom. My heart and prayers are with you.

  66. Dave Palubicki says:

    Kelly
    Jenny and I are so very sorry for your loss and extend our condolences to you and the entire Dorsey family and friends. We are so happy to have been able to spend time with him in August over his last birthday he will be deeply missed Love to 💖 you

  67. LISA KAISER says:

    Kelly and all of the Dorsey family. Joe and I are so very sorry to hear about Tom’s passing, he really was a great person that helped a lot of people including Joe and I when we were first starting out in the Tavern business. He gave us a lot of great advice and we both looked up to him because he was a smart and caring man. We will miss the “HARDEST WORKING MAN IN ADAMS COUNTY”…. Love you Kelly.

  68. Dwayne and Kathy Noyes says:

    Dwayne and I are sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Thoughts and prayers 🙏 for you Kelly.

  69. Michael Smith says:

    So many years have passed since those days back at Sears, I appreciate the opportunity Tom gave me and how he made me feel like part of the family. He will be deeply missed.

  70. Sue Anderson says:

    So sorry to hear about Tom. My sympathy to the Family.

  71. Pat Holm Jodarski says:

    Kelly, family. friends of Tom – what a shock sorry just isn’t a proper or sufficient word – so many great memories in the good old days at your place. Im sure Dan was shocked to see him arrive may they both RIP Take care of yourself and let friends help.

  72. Bill & Sharon Weldon says:

    Kelly, Sharon and I are very sorry to hear the news of Toms passing. You two will always hold a special place in our hearts with all of the fond memories. Stay strong.

  73. Cathy and Randy Renner says:

    Kelly,
    Randy and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  74. Cindy Babcock says:

    Kelly, Sorry to hear about Tom’s passing, My heart goes out to you and the family. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers.

  75. Sam mulligan says:

    So very sorry to hear about the passing of Tom. Had so very much fun with the two of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you Kelly. He will be missed.

  76. Mike and Kathie Williams says:

    Mike and I send our deepest conolensces, Kelly.

  77. Deb Williams says:

    Kelly so sorry to hear of Tom passing
    condolences to you and the family.

  78. Linda Widmar says:

    So sorry for your loss Kelly. Sending prayers for you and your family.

  79. Mark & Peggy Williams Bond says:

    Sorry to hear about Tom. our sincere condolences R.I.P.

  80. Sheryl Rodriguez says:

    We are so sorry for your loss
    If there is anything we can do, please let us know.
    Sheryl & Randy Rodriguez
    Howard & Brian Bergh

  81. Pat,Rick, and Joshua Raught says:

    Kelly
    We are so sad to hear about Tom. We all had some great times together a lot of good memories.
    Our prayers are with you and your family.

  82. Marcy & Ty says:

    Kelly,
    Ty & I are so sorry to hear this! We always enjoyed seeing him! Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers! Hugs! 😥😥

  83. Barb and Dan Robbins says:

    Kelly, So sorry to hear about Tom, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family❤️

  84. James Hooker says:

    So sorry to hear of Tom. May God comfort you Kelly, as well as your family.

    Jim Hooks Hooker

  85. Bill & Marcia Hicks says:

    So very sorry for your loss Kelly.

  86. John & Peggy Schwartz says:

    Peggy and i are so sorry to hear of toms passing, our prayers are with Kelly and family during this very sad time, Tom was a good guy and i will always remember him for the good times .
    Rest in peace Tom.

  87. Carol Schanke says:

    So sorry to hear about Tom. Our condolences 🙏😢

  88. Arnie and Lori Lancour says:

    Kelley we are very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. May he rest in peace. Prayers to you

  89. lloyd and Julie Ebert says:

    So very sorry for your loss Kelly. May Tom rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to all family and friends. He will be missed by all.

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