Earl was born on December 20, 1922 in South Bend, Indiana to the late Morris
and Mary (Dhaene) Dhoore, and was a lifelong area resident of South Bend,
Earl’s father immigrated to the United States 10 years earlier from
Belgium with a total of twenty dollars in his pocket as recorded by the ship
manifest. The family survived the Great Depression spending their summers in
Arizona panning for gold.
Earl was a 1941 graduate of Washington High School, where he was a member
of multiple State Championship football teams.
On October 31, 1942, he married Shirley Listek, with whom he had four
children, daughters Colleen Holmes of VA, Judith Dhoore-Poelvoorde of
Mishawaka, Janice (Mark) Sowers of TN and one son, Gregory (Gail) Dhoore of
At age 20, Earl joined the Navy and served with honor from 1943 to 1945
in WWII as a Machinist Mate on the destroyer escort, USS Enright.
After the war, he went on to spend 20 years as a police officer with the
South Bend, IN police department. Earl retired in 1968 as a Sergeant.
He then worked another 20 years at Pella Sash & Door as a carpenter. He
physically built all six homes he ever lived in with little outside help.
His current home is one he repurchased after moving from another beautiful
home he built on Diamond Lake in Cassopolis, Michigan. The house on
Diamond Lake was his retirement and dream home.
Earl has seven grandchildren, Daryl Zernick of TX, Aaron Poelvoorde of
FL, Matthew Dhoore of Granger, IN, Adrienne Fraaza of MI, Adam Poelvoorde
and Kerri Dhoore, both of South Bend, IN and Timothy Danov of MI; and three
great-grandchildren, Blake Davis of South Bend, Madelynn Fraaza of MI and
Brayden Dhoore of Granger, IN.
Earl had a sister, Alice Dhoore and two brothers, Theodore and Julius
Earl Dhoore died on May 12, 2009 at the age of 86 from complications
caused by a stroke he suffered while at home with his wife of almost 67
He was United States Navy Veteran of WWII, a parishioner of Christ the
King Catholic Church and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #36.
Earl was an avid Notre Dame football fan, enjoyed vegetable gardening and
was a wonderful craftsman, especially woodworking for his grandkids.
Earl enjoyed spending time at his home on Diamond Lake, where he and his
wife Shirley lived for over 10 years.