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Obituary for Loren S. "Larry" Doering


Loren Sherwood "Larry" Doering was born in Caledonia on June 28, 1937, to Chester and Sena (Nerison) Doering. After a many year struggle with cancer, Larry passed away at age 73, on May 14, 2011, at Caledonia Care & Rehab, with family at his bedside. Loren grew up on the family farm in Mayville Township, was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia, attended country school, and graduated from Caledonia High School in 1955.
In January 1956, Loren enlisted in the United States Navy. Upon completion of training at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois, he was stationed on Padre Island, Texas. After 18 months in the service, Loren returned home to Caledonia.
In 1958, he was hired by North Central Airlines and worked at Midway Airport and O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Ill., before transferring to Minneapolis, Minn. Loren always had an interest and love of aircraft and in June of 1964, he began working on the ramp for United Airlines in Chicago.
On October 21, 1967, Loren married Janice Romme in Bensenville, Ill., and they lived there until 1974, when Loren transferred to Honolulu with United. In 1978, another transfer moved them to Denver, Colo. They had purchased the home farm from his mother in the 1970's with the plan to eventually retire in Caledonia. In 1973, they framed up their current home and worked gradually through the years to complete the project. They lived in Aurora, Colo., until 1994, when they moved to their farm in Caledonia. For a few years, Loren continued to work for United in Minneapolis, commuting back to Caledonia on his days off, officially retiring in 1998.
Loren loved to travel and had been to Norway several times to visit relatives, and also to Australia, New Zealand, and many places in the U.S. To all who knew him, Loren had a great sense of humor. He was a hard working man all of his life with much compassion for those who were less fortunate or in need. He was always ready to help family members as well as others and was especially devoted to his mother who he took care of in her senior years, managing to keep her in her own home until her death at age 103. Loren also had great love for his wife and animals, especially their past and current pets. He enjoyed feeding the birds and had a special fondness for mourning doves.

Loren was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia, the Houston County Historical Society, and also the Commemorative Air Force in St. Paul, Minn.
He is survived by his wife, Janice; brother, Stanley (Rosalie) of La Crescent; brother, Chester of Caledonia; special dogs and cat, Dolly, Mo, and Jessie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Donald, Duane, and Robert; his sister, Sandra Johnson; twin nieces, Susan and Sherry Doering; nephews, Daniel Doering and Ted Doering; and Pekingese dogs, Ole, Lena, and Gus.
Loren remained optimistic as he bravely accepted and fought his illness and treatments without complaint and was always saddened when thinking of those with worse problems than his own, especially children. His attitude was "God is my co-pilot" and that gave him peace.
Memorial services will be Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Caledonia. Rev. Steven E. Meyer will officiate.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Caledonia, with military honors by the Loveless-Eikens American Legion Post 191 of Caledonia and the United States Navy Funeral Honor Guard.  Friends may call at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and also on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  Memorials may be directed to any animal shelter, the Houston County Historical Society, Pet Haven of Minnesota in Minneapolis, the Commemorative Air Force in St. Paul, or to the donor's preference.  Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Caledonia, is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.