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Private graveside service for Vaughn Doerr will be held
Vaughn Doerr, age 98, of Stewartville, formerly of the Lodgepole, South Dakota area, passed away in Stewartville, on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. Private graveside services will be held.
Vaughn G. Doerr was born at Lodgepole on Aug. 30, 1922 to Harry and Viola (Larsen) Doerr. He graduated from High School in Hettinger, ND, and he also completed an eight-week course in veterinary science at Miles City Community College in Mile City, Montana.
He married the love of his life, Genevieve "Jean" Cornella on June 22, 1948, in Lemmon, South Dakota. From that day until 1972, they continued on a journey that would take them to live in Hettinger and Bowman, North Dakota, Jordan, Poplar, Sidney, Glasgow and Miles City, Montana, before returning to ranching in Lodgepole in 1972. Vaughn spent 2009 to 2011 in Dickinson, North Dakota, to be with Jean while she was in St. Benedicts Care Center, and after his wife's passing on Oct. 12, 2011, he moved to Stewartville to live with his daughter until his passing at home at the age of 98, on Jan. 9, 2021.
Throughout his lifetime he commuted all over working (something he wasn't afraid to do) in his fathers and others coal mines; shoveling and delivery coal, and a ranch hand in Montana at the age of 15. In his early 20's, he worked for Douglas Aircraft in California and shipyards in Washington, before he enlisted in the US Army in 1945 as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, taking training in Fort Lewis, Fort Benning, Fort Bragg and Camp Roberts. Following his discharge he sheared sheep, worked road construction and oil rigs in the Dakotas and Montana, heavy duty construction in Greenland Air Base, and as a diesel mechanic in Montana before returning to his love (ranching) at Lodgepole. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren and looked forward to family reunions. He occasionally square danced and played cards in his younger years and loved to visit and tell stories. Vaughn was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hettinger, North Dakota and St. Isidor's Parish at Ralph, South Dakota.
Vaughn is survived by his sons, Tom (Linda) Doerr of Longview, Washington, and Tim Doerr of Kelso, Washington; daughters, Kelly Doerr of Stewartville, and Kim (Greg) Seamands of Lemmon, South Dakota; grandchildren, Nichole (Jon) Goodrich, Sean (Jenna) Seamands, Jessica (Paul) Berwick, Christopher Doerr, Wendi (Russ) Bryant, and Jamie Hixson; great-grandchildren, Ainsley Seamands, Hayden Bryant, Grace and Isabelle Goodrich, Finn and Zander Hixson, and Jesse, Stella and James Dean; brother, Kenneth (Vada) Doerr, Hettinger; sister-in-law, Elma Doerr of Minot, North Dakota; sisters, Beverly (Jim) LeFebre of Lodgepole, and June (Bill) Stevens of Stanley, North Dakota.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean; brothers, Walter, Dale, Gene and Alan; one sister, Margaret; brother-in-law, Clairmont "Red" Johnson and sisters-in-law, Lucylle, Nadine and Virginia Doerr.
~Knowing what he thought it meant to live, (kind, good and help others) please instead of flowers or plants consider donations to either Seasons Hospice (home health care) 1696 Greenview Dr. SW., Rochester MN 55902, or to anything, anyone, or place that might need some help, kindness, goodness and love. Cards may be mailed to 302 2nd Ave SW Stewartville, MN, 55976.~
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