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John Edward “Jack" Doerges

John Edward “Jack" Doerges
John Edward Doerges
- June 7, 2018

John Edward “Jack” Doerges, 92, died June 3, 2018, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Community, Belle Fourche, SD. He was born March 8, 1926 in Cheyenne, WY, to Robert F. Doerges and Mary (Heckmann) Doerges.
 
Jack grew up in Hereford and Cortez, CO, and worked in his family’s bean/barley warehouse. He enlisted in the army where he served as a combat engineer during World War II. After returning home he attended Fort Lewis College where he met Elizabeth Christy. They were married on August 21, 1947, in Durango and were blessed with two sons: John, Jr. and Joe. John, Jr. “Jackie” was killed in an accident in 1950.
 
After trying his hand at ranching in Southwest Colorado, Jack got his teaching degree and taught math and science in public schools. He obtained additional degrees from NM Highlands University and University of CO. Jack also worked on a PHD degree from CO State University. He taught at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, IA, worked with the Northeast Iowa Computer Network in Decorah, IA, and served the University of Wyoming as radiation health safety officer until his retirement.
 
Jack enjoyed reading, singing barbershop, fishing, snowmobiling, spending time in the Snowy Mountains near Laramie, and a good card game of “Hearts” with special Doerges rules. In later years he enjoyed coffee and veteran’s groups. Jack was especially proud to be a part of a veteran’s honor flight to Washington, D.C. in 2010. He was a member of several scientific organizations and was active in the United Presbyterian Church of Laramie.
 
Jack suffered a stroke in 2017, and along with Betty who also suffered a stroke, moved to Spearfish, SD, to be near their son Joe and his family. In October 2017, he joined Betty at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Community. While there, they proudly celebrated their 70th anniversary.
 
Jack is survived by son, Joe (Carol); grandsons, Kyle (Heather) and Trent; two great-grandchildren, Tim and Jane Doerges all of Spearfish, SD; sister, Virginia Graham and brother-in-law Warren Schneider.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; son, John Edward, Jr; his parents and siblings, Marianna, Robert, and Norman.
 
A memorial service will be held on June 13 at 1:30 P.M. at Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels in Spearfish, SD.
 
Graveside services and internment for Jack and Betty will be held at Greenmount Cemetery, Durango, CO, at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family.
 
Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com


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