Col. Robert B. "Judge" Dorn Jr.

September 15, 1933June 2, 2021

On Wednesday, June 2, 2021 “The Judge” took his final flight West.

“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings. Up, up the long delirious burning blue I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace…” (J.Magee)

He was born September 15, 1933, in Columbia, SC, son of Robert B. and Hennie Lee Dorn. Robert “Bobby” Dorn, Jr. was a 1951 graduate of Irmo High School and a 1955 AFROTC graduate of Clemson A&M College (Clemson University). He then served honorably in the Air Force from September of 1955 until March of 1963. Following his service, he was a Richland County Juvenile Justice officer. Also during this time, he joined the South Carolina Air National Guard where he served from September of 1963 until October of 1982. In November of 1968, he voluntarily returned for active duty in Vietnam under the Palace Alert Program where he flew specialized missions through February of 1969. He returned home and was a farmer and a crop duster. Flying was his passion.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Annie Slice Dorn, daughters: Donna (Mike) Brazell, Chrystal (John) Bouknight, Leisa (Ricky) Ricketts. Seven grandchildren: Erin (Dan) Wackerhagen, Justin (Rebekah) Brazell, Jamie (Sara) Bouknight, Bradley (Rachel) Bouknight, Christopher (Mariah) Ricketts, Daniel Ricketts (fiancee Catherine Higgins), and Anna Leigh (Michael) Hare. Eleven great-grandchildren: Daniel and Caroline Wackerhagen, Grace, Colton and Jordan Brazell, Landon Bouknight, Kohner and Jay Bouknight, Aiden and Dakota Davis, McKenzie Hare. One brother, Richard Dorn, and sister, Mary Kay Grooms, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Christopher Wicker and his nurse, Maria Mousaw, Dr. Amy Epps and Jennifer Marsh NP, for their excellent care over the years. We would also like to thank Kelly, Teresa and Stephanie of Lighthouse Hospice for their compassionate care during this time.

A memorial service will be held at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, in Irmo, SC, at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 25, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cardiac Care Fund at Lexington Medical Center Foundation, online at or by mail at LMC Foundation, 2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29169. Please also feel free to make a memorial gift to a charity of one’s own choice.

“The Judge” requests that friends gather together with his family at the Ricketts family home on Dorn Farms where he will be celebrated with drinks, good food, good music and a story or two…and in the words of “The Judge” himself, that’s “nuff said.”


25 June

Memorial Service

12:00 pm

Dunbar Funeral Home

Dutch Fork Chapel

7600 Woodrow St
Irmo, South Carolina 29063


Col. Robert B. "Judge" Dorn Jr.

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Phil Latham

June 6, 2021

Bob was a great guy and pilot. I was very fortunate to know him. Bob taught me a lot and help me and others do our flying job better. We had many wonderful flights together. One time when we were returning to base after a mission Bob as number 2 joined on my wing. I looked over and Bob had taken his mask off and was eating a sandwich his bride made for him. I learned quickly that Bob had a very good appetite. Bob and I attended A-7 school along with Walt, Johnny, Frank Joe and maybe one more. There was a restaurant called Picadilly and us poor and hungary pilots went there frequently for supper. This was 1975. We marveled at the good food as well as the fact that as hungary as we were none of us could eat $6 worth of food. They fed us well
Bob was generous and funny and laid back. Bob regaled us with his misadventures on the farm and crop dusters. Bob only survived because he was skilled and tough as nails.
I remember one very cold winter when us alert pilots were freezing. Mrs Dorn volunteered and made each of us the warmest best sock hat we ever had. We were warmer after that due to Bob and his wife's generosity Bob was a special man , pilot and friend. They do not make them like that anymore
Oh and I loved the mice that lived in his car. Bob enjoyed them.

Marie Waldrop

June 4, 2021

Dear Aunt Ann, Donna, Chris and Leisa:

I remember many many happy days spent at your house as a child. Please know that I love each one of you and are praying for strength through this difficult time. May God be with you.