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Dennis Dean Dovre

June 27, 1944 — January 19, 2023

Detroit Lakes


Dennis Dean Dovre, 78, of Detroit Lakes, MN passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on January 19, 2023 after suffering from a massive stroke.  Dennis was born on June 27, 1944 to Conrad and Alice (Erickson) Dovre in Tacoma, WA. 

Dennis graduated from Detroit Lakes High School in 1962.  He was enlisted in the US Navy from 1963 -1967.  Dennis was incredibly proud to have been of service to his country.  In 1964, he met the love of his life, Linda Johnson. They were married on September 15, 1965 in East Grand Forks, MN.  Together they raised two children, Brent and Tonya.  After leaving the Navy, they moved to Washington where he worked for Boeing Aircraft.  In 1974, they moved back to Detroit Lakes and Dennis worked for a short time as a carpenter.  They bought the family farm in 1976 and he began his career as a farmer.    He retired from his own farm in 2014, but in the meantime, he started working for BGR Dairy in 2008.  The people at BGR Dairy quickly became a second family to them and Dennis continued working for the dairy until the day before his stroke.  In his time away from work, he enjoyed playing cards, dancing, Sudoku and watching FOX News.     

Dennis is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Linda, and their two children: Brent (Kim) Dovre of Carver, MN, and Tonya (Graig) Burt of Aitkin, MN.  He also leaves behind 5 grandchildren: Benjamin Dovre, Jacob (Jessica) Dovre, Erin (Ben) Andersen, Justin (Danica) Burt, and Evan Burt and 4 great granddaughters:  Lucy Dovre, Zoe Dovre, Elaina Andersen and Brecklyn Burt. He is also survived by his brother, Donald (Ellie) Dovre of Detroit Lakes, MN, and sister, Sharon (Paul) Nasset of Gold Canyon, AZ, as well as many other nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Douglas Dovre. 
A Celebration of Life will be held at the West-Kjos Funeral Home, 900 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one-hour prior. 

His family would like to thank the Sanford Fargo Hospice House, in Fargo, ND for all their care and support.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Sanford Fargo Hospice, c/o Hospice House, Route #0274, 820 4th Street North, Fargo, ND 58122 are preferred.

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Service

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Starts at 2:00pm (Central time)

West Kjos Funeral Home Cremation Services

900 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Visitation 1 hour prior to service.

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