Death Notice

Ralph A. Doering

Ralph A. Doering, 64, passed away Dec. 31, 2019.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries in Omaha, Neb. Internment was Monday, Jan. 6, in the Butler Cemetery at Letcher.

Ralph was born July 27, 1955.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 41 years, Pam; children, Matt (Heather) Doering and Jessica (Nick) Bruno; six grandchildren; and his large extended family and many good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Lyle and Tony. 

Joyce Aline Halverson, 59, died Jan. 2, 2020, at Avantara Nursing Home in Huron. 

A memorial service will be held later this spring with a committal at the LeSueur Cemetery in Bancroft.

Joyce grew up on the family farm near Bancroft. She attended school at Bancroft and De Smet and graduated from De Smet High School in 1978. 

She attended Calvary Baptist Church in Huron, and frequently visited and performed vocal solos at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in her hometown of Bancroft.

In the fall of 2016, Joyce was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer and spent the next 3.5 years battling the disease. Her last 10 months of life were spent hospitalized or in care centers in Sioux Falls, Lincoln, Neb., Woonsocket and Huron. She always had hope for recovery and her positive attitude never wavered.

Grateful for having shared her life are her sisters, Carol (Ken) Olsen of Huron and Julie Montagne of Elk Point; nine nieces and nephews; one grandniece and one grandnephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Harold Joerger

Aitkin, Minn.

Harold J. Joerger, 87, of Aitkin, Minn., died Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.

Funeral Mass was Monday, Dec. 30, at Saint James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Father David Forsman officiated. Burial with military honors was at Saint Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. Visitation was held with a Rosary service at Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Visitation continued one hour prior to the service at the church.

Harold was born June 14, 1932, in Forestburg to Xavier and Ellen (Larson) Joerger. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Henritta Joyce Devor on April 14, 1956, in Detroit, Mich. They lived in South Dakota and then moved to Minnesota, where they farmed and raised their nine children in Waukenabo Township, Aitkin County, Minn. He was a member of the VFW, The Knights of Columbus and Saint James Catholic Church of Aitkin. Harold loved to visit with his family and friends.

Harold is survived by his children and their spouses, John Joerger, James Joerger, Mary (Greg) Handt, Rosann (John) Brey, Brenda Joerger, Joseph Joerger, Suzann Everson and Joshua (Becky) Joerger; son-in-law, Jim Berg; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Clarence, Clem, Loretta, Bertha and Eleanor; and many special relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, “Joyce,” on Nov. 24, 2002; his second wife, June Pearson; daughter, Henritta Berg; and daughter-in-law, Debbie Joerger.

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