Francis P. ‘Fritz’ Doerr

Doerr 1Francis P. (Fritz) Doerr, 90, of Marystown, entered eternal life on February 14, 2013. He passed away peacefully at his home with his loving wife Ruth at his side.

Fritz was born Sept. 2, 1922 in Marystown, Minn. to Christian S. Doerr and Margaret (Pauly) Doerr. He attended school in Marystown grades one through nine and graduated from Shakopee High School in 1940. Although he was a math whiz and could have pursued higher education, he chose to help with the family farm and trucking business. He worked in trucking from 1941 to 1983, for a time as owner of a milk-truck business and later in the gravel-hauling industry. He helped his father on the farm they owned in South Dakota from 1942 to 1945, during which time he met his bride-to-be, Ruth Marie Gross, a school teacher.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945 and talked about the excitement of being at Times Square in New York during the VJ Day celebrations in 1946. Fritz Doerr and Ruth Gross became husband and wife on Oct. 7, 1946 during a blizzard in Gettysburg, S.D. It was duck-hunting season, and some of the wedding guests came to church in their camouflage gear. After a planned honeymoon to Canada that fell somewhat short with the newlyweds ending up in Fargo, N.D., the young couple settled down in Marystown, which is five miles south of Shakopee, Minn.

There they raised four children: Linda, David, Patricia and Michael. When he wasn’t trucking, Fritz loved fishing, hunting and working on cars and trucks. Mostly, though, he loved spending time with his family – fishing and swimming at a Prior Lake cabin or ice fishing on Mille Lacs in their trailer-turned fish house.

He loved sports, especially the Vikings {he and Ruth even went to the Vikings Super Bowl game in New Orleans}, the Minnesota Twins (those spring-training games in Florida were the best} and badminton or ping pong with his kids.

His greatest passion, though was his family. Seeing his wife, kids and grandkids have fun brought huge, beaming smiles to his face. He bought a cabin to bring his loved ones closer together, and it cemented bonds for life. He had a quiet nature and a great sense of humor with a quick wit.

He said the best thing he ever did was marry ‘a good woman,’ Ruth, the love of his life. The night before he died, she tucked him in bed, bent over and said into his good ear, ‘I love you.’ He responded, ‘I love you more.’

Deeply missed and always remembered by wife Ruth; children: Linda Noyce and husband Ron of Cambridge, Minn.; David Doerr and wife Beth of Afton, Minn.; Patricia Menke and husband Ron of Shakopee; and Michael Doerr of Shakopee; grandchildren Bryan Craig, Brett Craig, Tina Menke, Andy Menke, John Doerr, Joel Doerr, Jennifer Miller, Corisa Peterson, Kelly Anderson, Adria Dee, Cassandra Larson, Jessica Spong, Nicole Doerr, Kimberly Doerr; 25 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Sylvia Doerr; many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2013, at St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church, Marystown. Presider is the Reverend James Schoenberger. Pallbearers are Bryan Craig, Brett Craig, Andy Menke, John Doerr, Colton Menke, Caleb Craig. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Pauly, Roger Monnens, Rod Clemens, Bob Doerr, Leon Luce, Dan Wellens. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Marystown, Minn.