Dennis R. Doering

Dennis R. Doering, age 72, of Viborg, South Dakota, died peacefully at his home surrounded by all his family on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

Private family services will be held for Dennis with inurnment at the Carlson Cemetery in rural Viborg. Military honors will be performed by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 of Yankton. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Yankton.

Dennis R. Doering was born March 8, 1948 in Yankton, South Dakota to Jesse and Opal (Anderson) Doering. He was baptized and confirmed at Elim Lutheran Church in rural Viborg. Dennis attended District 82 taking 3rd and 4th grade in the same year. He went to one year at Viborg High School and then graduated from Freeman High School in 1965. On July 25, 1968, Dennis married Nancy Huber in Menno, SD. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1968 and joined the Nuclear Submarine Program. After completing basic and “A” School as a Machinist Mate, he was assigned to the aircraft carrier, USS Hornet, in the spring of 1969. He was onboard for the recovery of Apollo 11 moon landing space capsule. In August, Dennis was transferred to Nuclear School at Mare Island in Vallejo, CA, and then to FPTU in Idaho Falls, ID. He was selected to be an instructor of NPTU for two years. In 1972, Dennis went to AC & R School in San Diego for three months. He received orders to Engalls Shipyard for precommissioning crew for the USS Parche. Dennis was transferred to Charleston Naval Base in South Carolina and stayed onboard the USS Parche until December 1976 when he was transferred to the USS Sturgeon. He was fully discharged in July 1977 and then returned to Viborg, South Dakota to farm with his father.

Along with farming, Dennis began his career in nuclear power in 1980. He worked at 18 sites with various companies, the last being Diversified Technology. He was assigned to Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station in 1985. Dennis retired from farming in 2000 and from Fort Calhoun in 2013. He became lifelong friends with Marlyn, Al, Joe and Scott at the plant. Dennis loved the smell of fresh tilled soil and just-cut alfalfa. He especially loved watching his grandchildren develop and grow into kind and loving people. He loved attending the many sporting events they participated in and he was their biggest fan. Above all else, his sense of humor was quick and witty. He proudly served to MAKE AMERICA GREAT! He will be greatly missed.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Nancy Doering of Viborg; two children, Stephani (Jim) Reinhardt of Yankton and Brett (Shana) Doering of Alcester, SD; eight grandchildren: Ty and Kellen Soulek, Jessica and Emily Reinhardt, Shenia, Gavin, Jaxon and Elly Doering.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Alvin Doering.

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7 response to "Dennis R. Doering"

  1. By: Rich Flattum Posted: May 11, 2020

    Nancy & family,
    Sorry to hear of your loss.
    Rich & Debbie Flattum
    Lilliwaup, Washington

  2. By: mary b schuch Posted: May 11, 2020

    This is hard for me to say what I want so I will just say I will miss knowing he is not with you. I loved him like a brother. Hope you are doing ok. We will talk soon. I will say my good bye on Memorial Day when I take him a flower for Jesse and me.

  3. By: Sharlen Krause Posted: May 12, 2020

    I am so sorry for your loss, you and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers, Ray & Sharlen Krause

  4. By: Judy Learing Posted: May 13, 2020

    Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I graduated from high school with Dennis

  5. By: Bill Ramey Posted: May 13, 2020

    I am sorry for you and your family’s loss. I served with Rock on board the Parche.

  6. By: Butch Aikens Posted: May 13, 2020

    I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dennis “Rock” Doering. He was a good man, a great guy, and I’ll remember his laugh forever. I had the privilege to serve 4 years with Rock on the USS Parche (SSN 683). Whether we were on the beach or at sea, his expertise, attitude and great sense of humor made each day a better day. I know he will surly be missed by family, friends and shipmates. My sincere sympathy to you Nancy, your children Stephani and Brett, and their families. Butch “Big Bubba” Aikens. SSN 683

  7. By: wintzray Posted: May 15, 2020

    I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dennis “Rock” Doering. He was a good man, a great guy, and I’ll remember his laugh forever. I had the privilege to serve 4 years with Rock on the USS Parche (SSN 683). Whether we were on the beach or at sea, his expertise, attitude and great sense of humor made each day a better day. I know he will surly be missed by family, friends and shipmates. My sincere sympathy to you Nancy, your children Stephani and Brett, and their families. Butch “Big Bubba” Aikens. SSN 683

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