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Gerald Dornink


Sun, Nov 12th, 2000
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Gerald Dornink, 77, of Spring Valley, died Friday, November 3, 2000 at his home.

He was born September 4, 1923, in Forestville Township, Fillmore County, the son of Raymond and Agnes (Vrieze) Dornink. He attended Bristol Center country school. He farmed with his parents in rural Bristol and was a mechanic and a feed salesman at the Greenleafton Farm Store until his service in the US Army during WW II. Gerald served from 1942-1945 in the 86th Blackhawk Division in both the European and Pacific Theatres. He received the Bronze Star. On June 21, 1946, he married Lillian Schoppers in Cherry Grove. The couple made their home in Cherry Grove where he resumed work on the family farm and grocery store in Cherry Grove. The family moved to Rochester in 1953 where he worked for Gopher Aviation. In 1957 they moved back to Cherry Grove where he repaired televisions and sold groceries. In 1963 the family moved to Prescott, AZ, where he worked repairing televisions and was a restaurant owner. The family moved to Preston in 1967 and Gerald worked for the Preston Creamery and in 1968 he owned and operated the Dornink AG grocery store until 1978. Since that time the couple had lived in Preston, Spring Valley, and Greenleafton. In September of 2000, they returned to Spring Valley. The couple wintered in Arizona since 1978. Gerald was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley and the Preston VFW. He was a former member of the Preston United Methodist Church and was a board member of the Associated Grocers of Blooming Prairie, MN.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian; two sons, Elroy (Penny) of Stewartville, and Randy of Tucson, AZ; a daughter, Jody (Patrick) Hyberger of Wykoff; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Mylon (Joyce) Dornink and Harley (Cheryl) Dornink, both of Rochester; and a sister, Rosalie (Paul) Hagan of Spring Valley. He was proceeded in death by his parents.

The funeral for Mr. Dornink was held Tuesday, November 7, 2000, at Faith United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Ross officiating. Burial was in Greenleafton Cemetery with military graveside rites. Thauwald Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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