Dorsey Duane Templeton departed this life to be with his God on July 8, 2017. He was born in Moreau Township, Missouri to Virgil Allen Templeton and May Gertrude Payne. Dorsey is part Osage from his paternal side and part Cherokee from his maternal side.

In his early twenties he was drafted into the Korean War and served as a paratrooper instructor with the 101st Airborne in Fort Benning. He graduated under the GI bill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Math from Northwest University of Missouri. While there Dorsey played football as an offense and a defense player and earned All State Conference each year. In later years he attended the University of Tucson, Arizona and Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado for his Master’s Degree.

Dorsey was a math instructor for forty-two years. In Colorado Springs he taught at West and North Jr. High Schools, Coronado High School, and Pikes Peak Community College. He also was the Chairman of the Board for Math, at Jefferson City, Missouri High School before teaching at PPCC.

Dorsey will be remembered for his love and knowledge of the history of his Indigenous ancestry and the customs, traditions, lives, and territorial travels of the many native peoples of the now USA. He was sought to speak to various groups including high school students about Native American History and always spoke on their behalf.

Beloved family welcoming Dorsey with open arms are his parents, Allen and Gertrude; brother, Wayne; son, Delano; sister, Carlene Mc Cray; daughter, Chantay Digby; and stepson, Joseph A. Rivera II. He is survived by his beloved family: wife of thirty years, JoAnn Peralta-Rivera-Templeton; brother, Allen; daughter, Linda Shay (Jim); sons, Darren (Christine), and Danny (Joni); stepson, Gabriel Rivera; and stepdaughter, Tina Marie Rivera. He also is survived by nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, four step grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren, and one step great-great grandchild.

Visitation 5:00-7:00p.m. Thursday, July 13, Shrine of Remembrance. Funeral services 10:00a.m. Friday, July 14, Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.


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