Roger J. Doran of Kimball died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of Friday, June 9, 2017, at CentraCare-Paynesville Hospital after many years of congestive heart failure.
Roger John Doran was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Minneapolis to John Joseph and Minnie E. (Marshall) Doran. He attended South High School in Minneapolis, and entered the U.S. Navy at age 17. Roger was a Gunners Mate in the Navy. His service included a year at the Naval Air Facility Adak in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska where he worked intelligence with the U.S. Marine Corps. He served a total of five years; with three years attached to the Marines.
Roger married Sheila Tousignant and they had two sons; they later divorced. He married Maxine Johnson Feb. 2, 1962; he adopted her two daughters, and together they had two more children. They made their home in Minneapolis until relocating to Kimball in 1972.
After his military service, Roger became a journeyman bookbinder. He also worked as an electrician, at a dental lab, and he farmed.
In retirement, he became a missionary through Amazing Grace Ministries and traveled to state fairs around the country to evangelize.
Roger was crazy about the Navy, enjoyed farming, learning and fishing. He could learn anything from scratch. Roger’s passion was for sharing Christ with others and in leading them to accept Jesus as their Savior.
Roger is survived by his wife Maxine of Kimball; children Jean (Anton) Matua of Kimball, Michael (Linda) Delozier of Lakeside, CA, Judy Lindberg of St. Cloud, Kenny (Mary) Delozier of San Diego, CA, Deb (Bill) Thormodson of Hanska, and John (Karen) Doran of Kimball; sister Ruth Ann (Michael) Soltis of Duluth.
He is further survived by 14 grandchildren George Matua, Bethany Delozier, Lacy Cramer, Michael Moscho, Leah Doran, Andrew and Gabriel Lindberg, Kenny DeLozier, Jr., Olivia, Peter, Victoria and Lydia Thormodson, Nicole and David Doran; 2 great grandchildren Brayden Wozniak and Stella Delozier; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and infant grandson Nicholas Delozier.
The casket bearers were David, Nicole and Leah Doran, Andrew and Gabriel Lindberg and George Matua. Jan Ostroot provided the music for the service.
A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 15 at the First Baptist Church of Cokato with Pastor Troy Roemer officiating. Burial will follow at the Kimball Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball and one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday, at the church. Memorials are preferred to First Baptist Church of Cokato.
Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Kimball.