Marvin Leroy Doering, 81, Luverne, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial will follow in the Parkston Protestant Cemetery in Parkston, South Dakota. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne.
Marvin Doering was born June 24, 1936, to Renatus and Johanna (Henke) Doering in Parkston, South Dakota. He attended school in Parkston, graduating from Parkston Area High School in 1954. In 1955 Marv entered the U.S. Army and served for 16 months in Korea. Upon returning to Parkston, he worked in milk processing.
On Aug. 27, 1961, Marvin married Darlene Juhnke at the United Church of Christ in Parkston. In the fall of 1967 the couple moved to Luverne, where he continued in the milk processing business for the next nine years. In September of 1976, Marv began working in maintenance at Luverne Public Schools and was the chief boiler engineer for 35 years. He retired from the school in May of 2011. His wife, Darlene, died on March 19, 2014. A short time later, Marv moved to The Oaks in Luverne.
Marv was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and had served on the Board of Trustees. He also sang in the Chancel Choir and served as head usher for many years. Marv loved the outdoors. He enjoyed following high school sports and was also a fan of professional sports, especially the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. He was a collector of John Deere miniature toys and pictures. Marv enjoyed traveling with Dar to Branson, Missouri, to attend country music shows. He and Dar were also regulars at the Luverne Fitness Center.
Marv is survived by his brother, Norman (Imogene) Doering, Janesville, Wisconsin; a sister, LaVerna (Vernon) Neugebauer, Mitchell, South Dakota; sisters-in-law Marjean (Jim) Apland and Nadine Juhnke; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Liz and Breanne Merson and family, Dave and Brenda Knips, Matt Knips, Erica Knips, Brian and Stacey Jans and family, Brad and Megan Stearns, Marv and Bonnie Scherff, Ken and Irene Hirsch, Jerry and Elaine Tiede, and the residents and staff at The Oaks and Poplar Creek senior living facility.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; his parents; two brothers, Roland and Richard Doering; and two nephews, Loren and Bruce Doering.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.Marvin