Gary Lawrence Doering, of Fergus Falls, formerly of Parkers Prairie, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at his home.
He was born June 3, 1944, to Lawrence and Lorraine (Bowman) Doering in Parkers Prairie. Gary grew up in Parkers Prairie, attended public school there, and graduated from the Parkers Prairie High School in 1962.
He attended Wadena Technical School, before moving to the Twin Cities, where he worked at a candy factory.
Gary returned to Parkers Prairie in the mid 1960s and worked on the extra gang for the Soo Railroad Line.
He also worked as a carpenter and delivered newspapers for the Minneapolis Star Tribune in the Parkers Prairie and surrounding area for more than 30 years.
Gary started purchasing and fixing up homes in Alexandria and Parkers Prairie in 1990, and eventually owned and managed more than 16 properties.
He was a very generous person, and his generosity was felt by many, including charities and the 16 children he sponsored through the International Children’s Fund.
Gary enjoyed fixing up old vehicles and carpentry. In his earlier years, he drove stock car at Viking Speedways in Alexandria.
He was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie.
Gary is survived by two sisters, Vicki Moore of Parkers Prairie, and Shirley (Mike) Maddox of Lester Prairie; two brothers, Marvin (Jenny) Doering of Parkers Prairie, and Al (Kim) Doering of Brainerd; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, James; and his beloved cat, Midnight, who died in spring 2010, at the age of 21.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at Lind Family Funeral Home in Parkers Prairie, with the Rev. Jonathan Sorum officiating. There was visitation for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment was at Parkers Prairie Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Lind Family Funeral and Cremation Service in Parkers Prairie. Condolences may be sent online at www.lindfamilyfh.com