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Edwin William "Ed/Eddie" Dornell, Sr.

Died: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018


Memorial Service

2:00 PM Thu., Jan. 03, 2019
Location: Bethany Village


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Mr. Edwin William “Ed/Eddie” Dornell, Sr., of Steelton, Pennsylvania, born on February 19, 1935, to the late Ruth Elizabeth Sheppard Dornell and James Max Dornell, passed away at age 83 on December 28, 2018, in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

From 1951 to 1957, Edwin served in the U.S. Navy Reserve and in the U.S. Air Force.  After a stint as a Registered Medical Technologist and as a Quarantine Inspector with the U.S. Public Health Service, Edwin began a long and distinguished career with the Department of Homeland Security (Legacy INS).  He retired from INS Headquarters as the Assistant Commissioner for Intelligence.  During his career with the INS, Edwin served as a substitute U.S. Embassy Attaché in Ottawa, Canada, and was a regular lecturer at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  His professional assignments took him to countries in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.   His final assignment in 1989 was as a member of a White House Task Force on security and intelligence, headed by then-Vice President George H. W. Bush.

Despite the heavy demands of his work, Edwin was devoted to his family.  He was the beloved husband of Marian Cannon Dornell and is also survived by his son, Edwin W. (Chip) Dornell, Jr.; daughters, Daryl W. Dornell, Lisa Dornell (Robert E. Suggs), Lauren Dornell Neal, Diane K. Peeples; sister, Florence Anne Rowe and, brother David E. Dornell. He was predeceased by his brother James M. Dornell.

Edwin enjoyed travels with his wife, alpine and cross-country skiing, sailing, canoeing, fishing, photography, and drawing and painting.  His art will continue to be enjoyed by his family.  He inspired and encouraged his six surviving grandchildren to explore their inner, creative sides.

His grandchildren are Terence and Kevin Peeples,  David and John Suggs and, Simone and Anthony Neal.  He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins who have  served as a source of  joy and comfort.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Edwin's name to The Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104 are welcome and appreciated.

A memorial service is to be officiated by The Rev. Brand Eaton, D. Min. BCC, on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., at Bethany Village, The Richard D. Rife Center, 325 Wesley Drive, East Campus, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 17055.

Online condolences may be made via the Cremation Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. at www.auergroup.com.

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WILLIAM JOHNSON
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
To the Dornell Family my condolence go out to you and knowing that Edwin now rest in the hands of Father God and his compassion is great

Paulette Carson-Smart
   Posted Thu January 03, 2019
To he entire Dornell Family you have my sincere condolences.

MILTON J RONEY
   Posted Fri January 04, 2019
Ed was my boss while he was the Assistant Commissioner, Intelligence at INS, one of my two best bosses in a 36 year career. He was a man for all seasons, equally comfortable at work, at the opera, or in a seedy bar with the guys. He was devoted to his family. I think his family is, and should be, very proud.

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