Dewey Dooyema

Dewey Dooyema

Dewey Dooyema, 91, Luverne, died Sunday, June 20, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Society – Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne, with a time for sharing and a prayer service at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 25, at the church. Burial will be in the Leota Cemetery.

Dewey Dooyema was born to Clarence and Mina (Berghorst) Dooyema on April 9, 1930, near Leota on the family farm. He attended country school in Leota and graduated from Edgerton High School in 1948.

Dewey married Doris Sundem on Aug. 9, 1953, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills. Following their marriage, they moved to Fort Lewis, Washington, while Dewey served in the United States Army. Following his service, they moved to the family farm near Leota where they made their home for 60 years.

Dewey was actively involved with the Kenneth Lutheran Church in Kenneth until its closing. He served on the Edgerton Public High School Board, the Luverne/Kenneth Elevator Board, and the Production Credit Association Board. He also sold Dekalb seed corn in the area for 40 years.

Dewey is survived by three children and their spouses, Diane (Dan) Staeffler of Rapid City, South Dakota, Doug (Pam) Dooyema of Luverne and Denise (Ben) Padilla of Houston, Texas; 14 grandchildren, Dustin (Brooke) Staeffler, Danielle (Zach) Gimpel, Andrew Dooyema, Katie (Jordan) Kopp, Amanda (Brad) Bullerman, Kelsey (Jake) Hendricks, Sam (Jackie) Dooyema, Elijah, Naomi, Jeremiah, and Jedidiah Dooyema, Shantel VanSanten, Jessye (Zac) Kellogg, and Benjamin J-H Padilla; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Angeline Ruiter of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Carol (Jim) Null of Farmington.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; his parents; a son, David Dooyema; his brother John Dooyema; granddaughter Beatrice Padilla and great-granddaughter Hannah Dooyema.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Team Double D of the American Lung Association. 

Arrangements are provided by the Edgerton Burial Association,

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