Rick Lee Doering, age 65 of Delano, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018, after courageously battling cancer with dignity and grace. He truly perceived his diagnosis as a “win-win” situation, saying, “I win if I beat the cancer, and I win when I get to go to Heaven.”
His funeral service will take place Saturday, April 7 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. Interment will be in Mt. Olive East Cemetery in Delano.
There will be visitation Friday, April 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, continuing Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Rick was born May 5, 1952, in Cokato, to Orlin and Orvella (Bullert) Doering. He was baptized June 1, 1952, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
Rick attended grade school at St. James Lutheran Church and School, where he was confirmed April 3, 1966. He graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1970, and Gustavus Adolphus College in 1974.
Rick worked as a manager for Burger King for five years, before spending 31 years at BFI/Republic Services. Here, he was fortunate to hold a variety of jobs: sales rep, general manager, area sales manager, and assisted in acquisitions. Since retiring from Republic Services, Rick spent several years doing part-time consulting work for Russ Schweihs in environmental services.
Rick was united in marriage to Karen Frey July 9, 1977, in Ann Arbor, MI. He loved her with all his heart, enjoying every minute of their marriage, which was blessed with a loving companionship, three wonderful children, and a commitment to the Lord.
They first lived in Mound, and in 1984, built their home in Delano, where they have since resided.
Rick was known for his love of food/desserts, sense of humor, pragmatic attitude, and his warm smile. His children and grandchildren were the absolute delight of his life. Spending time and playing with them was always a top priority, and he never missed an activity or sporting event, being their greatest cheerleader, supporter, and advisor.
Rick continued to be the rock of his family until the end. Hours before he passed, Rick awoke and saw his wife and children surrounding the bed. He looked at each, smiled and said repeatedly, “Wow. What a life!,” “This has been real special,” and “I love my family.”
Rick willingly gave his time in service to the church. He enjoyed positions of leadership and was honored to serve his Lord in many capacities. At Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano, he served as president, and vice president, as well as many other board positions; in addition to serving as treasurer and chairman at West Lutheran High School. Many often sought his counsel when issues arose as he had a reputation for being fair and honest.
He was truly amazing!
Rick was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen; children Scott (Lindsay), Julie (Micah) Martin, and Krista (Andy) Giefer; grandchildren Chase, Olivia, Josiah, Nora, Mara, and Jonah; sisters Durene (Bob) Rogers, and Sheri Doering Fenn; and nephews Andrew, Eric, Nick and Michael.