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Neil E. Dorn Feb. 23, 1926 - March 24, 2013

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Neil E. Dorn Feb. 23, 1926 - March 24, 2013

WILLMAR - Neil Eugene Dorn, age 87 of Willmar died on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar. Memorial service will be 11:00 am on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be at Cloverleaf Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Lunch and fellowship to follow the service. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. www.hafh.org.

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Neil Dorn was born February 23, 1928 in Hendricks, Minnesota to Otto and Bertha Dorn. He was baptized and confirmed in Trinity Lutheran Church, and he attended and graduated from Hendricks High School.

He managed the family farm and cared for his mother at an early age after the death of his father and his older brothers went off to serve in WWII.

In 1947, Neil married Shirley Hanson of Astoria, South Dakota. They had two children, Terry Dorn and Wendy (Dorn) Wethington.

In 1956 Neil and Shirley moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he was employed at Steele Simon Cattle Company in the heydays of the Sioux Falls Stockyards. In 1958 they moved to the Twin Cities, where Neil began working for St. Paul Central Livestock. In 1960 he was transferred to the Willmar, Minnesota office which he subsequently purchased and opened Dorn Cattle Company, specializing in high-quality feeder cattle. His clients ranged from Montana to Wisconsin and as far south as Iowa. He retired in 1991 at the age of 65.

Neil and Shirley enjoyed traveling to Arizona and Florida in the late winter months, and they also enjoyed bus excursions in summer and fall. Neil's favorite pastimes were tending to his vegetable and flower gardens, trees and shrubs, raising chickens, goose hunting and taking his grandchildren fishing. He taught each of them how to bait hooks, cast a line and clean the fish. All would then enjoy a wonderful fish fry.

Neil was preceded in death by his father and mother, three brothers and four sisters. He is survived by his wife Shirley Dorn, son Terry (Karen) Dorn, daughter Wendy (Michael) Wethington and by four grandchildren: Stefan and Kristin Dorn, and Michael Jr. and Anna Wethington. He leaves to mourn numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation or Calvary Lutheran Church.

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