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Douglas Ralph Geertsema

August 7, 1938 September 25, 2016
Douglas Ralph Geertsema
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Obituary for Douglas Ralph Geertsema

Douglas R. Geertsema was born on August 7, 1938, in Silver Lake Township in Dickinson County, IA, to Ralph and Lola (Bettinger) Geertsema. Doug graduated from Round Lake High School in 1957. He later served our country as part of the military police in the Army where he received a good conduct medal, as well as being a marksman and a sharpshooter. On November 19, 1964, he married LaVonne Kluver. They lived in Round Lake, MN, where Doug drove truck for Sather’s and Smith Trucking and accumulated 3.2 million documented miles. In 2001, they moved to Worthington, MN, and Doug retired from trucking in 2010. Doug and LaVonne were divorced in September 2015.
Doug was a member of the Round Lake Legion for over 35 years as well as a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Round Lake. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, bowling, playing cards with friends and family, and riding ATV.
Doug passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, MN at the age of 78.
Doug is survived by daughters, Shawn (Jeff) Koerselman, Little Rock, IA; Lisa (Jeff) Dean, Sioux Valley, MN; son, Robbie Geertsema, Imperial Beach, CA; grandchildren, Haley, Jesse, Kody Koerselman, and Jordan and Aaron Dean; brother, Roger Geertsema, Worthington, MN; sister, Connie Geertsema, Worthington, MN; and brother, Donald (Barb) Geertsema, Sioux City, IA. He was preceded in death by his infant son, his parents, and 3 infant siblings, Marilyn, Stanley, and Katheryn.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Round Lake, MN, with Pastor Robert Bartlett officiating. Burial will be in the Round Lake Cemetery with military rites provided by the Round Lake American Legion.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 9:30-11:00 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Round Lake.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is coordinating the arrangements.

Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

1

Oct

9:30 AM 10/1/2016 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 10/1/2016 11:00:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church Round Lake

301 Rohrer St
Round Lake, MN 56167

First Presbyterian Church Round Lake
301 Rohrer St Round Lake 56167 MN
United States

Service

Saturday

1

Oct

11:00 AM 10/1/2016 11:00:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church Round Lake

301 Rohrer St
Round Lake, MN 56167

First Presbyterian Church Round Lake
301 Rohrer St Round Lake 56167 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Round Lake Cemetery Final Resting Place

Yale Ave
Round Lake, MN 56167

Yale Ave Round Lake 56167 MN
United States
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