Joseph Albert “Joe”
Of White Bear Lake, MN, age 82
Passed away Friday, January 18, 2019.
Born on May 14, 1936, Joe was the first-born son to Dorothy Dugan Doerrer and Albert Joseph Doerrer. He was reared and educated in Saint Paul, MN attending the Nativity Elementary School and was a graduate of Cretin High School, Class of 1954.
Early in his career, Joe was employed at Northern Pacific Railway’s Saint Paul headquarters for six years as an accountant. He also served in the Air National Guard and continued his business career as one of the first Farmers Insurance agents licensed to serve Minnesota. Joe’s agency serviced the Saint Paul metropolitan area for over 35 years, from 1960 to 1995. He was a mentor to many a rising star in the insurance industry and his daughter, Anne and two grandchildren continue his legacy for Farmers Insurance Group.
Perhaps Joe’s greatest contribution was his love and devotion to his family and his dry sense of humor. He enjoyed a good joke and was often the teller of lame ones himself. He offered encouragement to all who ever encountered him, and he will always be remembered as a trusted friend and gentleman. He will be missed by many and may he rest in peace.
Preceded in death in 1985 by his first wife of thirty-one years, Patricia Kirk Doerrer. Joe is survived by Selma, his second wife of twenty years, of White Bear Lake, MN; He is also survived by his four children, Terri (Don) Cleaver, Steve (Ann), Anne (Dion Blatz), and Dan (Lynn); 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; step-children, Diana McKeown and Tom (Lisa) McKeown; sisters, Joanne (Jim) Murphy, Dolores “Tiny” (Dave) Lenz, Mary (Tim) Valento; and brother, John (Barb) Doerrer.
Service Saturday, February 2, 11:00 A.M. at BRADSHAW, 4600 Greenhaven Drive & Highway 96 (one mile west of 35E), White Bear. Visitation one hour prior. Burial Roselawn Cemetery. Joe’s son, Pastor Dan Doerrer of Elim Lutheran Church will officiate.
Serving as pallbearers are his grandsons, Tim Cleaver, Patrick Cleaver, Tyler Ogle, Donovan Blatz, Joe Doerrer and Kole McKeown; and granddaughters, Angela Thedinga,and Sarah Doerrer.
In lieu of flowers, memorial preferred to American Cancer Society. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at The Pillars Hospice Home in Oakdale, MN.