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Dorthy “Dot” Scheide Corson

The wife of Coachmen Industries co-founder Tom Corson, Dorthy “Dot” Scheide Corson, 88, died Tuesday from congestive heart failure at her home in Naples with loving family members by her side, the Elkhart Truth reports.

She was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Jasper, Texas, to Benjamin Otto and Lillie Belle (Williams) Scheide, both deceased.

On July 11, 1948, in Tenaha, Texas, she married Thomas H. Corson, with whom she shared 67 years of devoted marriage and partnership.

Tom survives her along with their children, Claire Corson (Jim) Skinner of Naples and Benjamin Thomas (Linda) Corson of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; three grandchildren, Nick (Tiffany) Corson, Charlotte Corson (Matthias) Wolf and Sarah Corson; and four great-grandchildren, Bradley Corson, Brint Corson, Lillie Belle Wolf and Fiona Wolf.

Dot was a graduate of Tenaha High School (Tenaha, Texas, 1945) and Southern Methodist University School of Nursing, (Dallas, Texas, 1948). Dot worked alongside husband Tom and his two brothers in founding Coachmen Industries Inc. in 1964, the highly regarded RV company. She always will be remembered as the “First Lady” of Coachmen, having served as a member of its board of directors for 27 years, and a tireless company ambassador with its dealers, investors and the community. In later years, Dot established Reflections, a ladies’ apparel store in Goshen.

Widely known for her grace and quiet elegance, Dot generously contributed her time and resources to numerous charitable organizations, including Interlochen Center for the Arts, University of Notre Dame, WNIT, Goshen College, First United Methodist Church of Middlebury, Northridge Dollars for Scholars, IUSB, Elkhart County Community Foundation, Midwest Museum of Art and Ivy Tech.

Dot was a member of Elcona Country Club, Maplecrest Country Club and Royal Poinciana Country Club (Naples). In her free time she loved to play bridge, read and travel.

Visitation will be from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Miller Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury. The funeral service and celebration of Dot’s life will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at the First United Methodist Church of Middlebury, with a private burial immediately following in Grace Lawn Cemetery in Middlebury. Pastor Ron Russell will officiate.

Memorials may be given to Interlochen Center for the Arts (Dorthy S. Corson Memorial Fund), P.O. Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643. (Advancement Office: 231-276-7623, [email protected]); and the First United Methodist Church of Middlebury (New Building Fund), P.O. Box 347, Middlebury, IN 46540. (Office: 574-825-2585, www.fumcmiddlebury.org.)

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