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Jerrold Eugene McDougall

August 2, 1943 — August 6, 2020

Jerrold Eugene “Chub” McDougall, 77, Richwood, MN unexpectedly passed from life, August 6, 2020 at Essentia-St. Mary’s Hospital, Detroit Lakes, MN.

Born in Tacoma, WA to Robert and Dorothy (Gilberry) McDougall, he was raised in the “Golden Ridge” of Fargo, ND with 7 brothers and 2 sisters.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers; Robert, Stanley, Merlin, Ronald, Dennis and one sister, Jeanette; his nieces Molly Sorensen, Jenny McDougall and his great grandson, Owen Fiske.  He is survived by his wife, Ida (Bryngelson) McDougall, 3 daughters; Darcy (Mark) Weidman, Denise Von Niederhausern and Dawn McDougall, and son, Bruce (Bobbi) Bryngelson;  Sister Jean (Best friend, Clair) Sorensen of Dilworth, MN, Brother Gary (Pam) McDougall of Wilmar, MN, Brother Douglas (Bonnie Thorp) McDougall of Fargo, ND; 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, several nieces and one nephew.  So much love is reflected in those names.  

His work career included MSI Snappy, Detroit Lakes School District, Anderson Cabinets and he finished his final 15 working years for the Shooting Star Casino as a master carpenter, having never been tardy or missed a day of work for sickness.  He was proud of this accomplishment and impressed upon his kids the positive benefit of work ethic, which they joke about today retelling stories of hauling wood to heat the house with much complaint. In retirement, he crafted custom cabinets in the workshop at his home in Richwood, MN where he raised his family.  He enjoyed working there until the week of his passing.  

Chub grew up loving music, especially Elvis Presley and classic country music. He was known to play Jim Reeves Pandora radio at excessive levels while working and dancing around the shop. He was not one to sit still for long. When not working he served at Richwood Lutheran Church and in the rural community he lived in and was happiest when creating. He created beautiful cabinets in particular, but his other passions included restoring 57 Chevy, Cadillac and other classic cars and telling all manners of jokes.  Like his mother before him, his true gift was creating connections with friends and family.  He often said his Mom had more connections than a Greyhound bus.  He was the same. From cabbages or wild rice to chickens and car parts, he knew someone who had what he was looking for.  Whatever he found, he shared.  He was a friend you could count on for a helping hand.  If he thought you could use a kind word or a bowl of soup, he was there to deliver both the meal and his friendship.  

He is loved by many and will be greatly missed.   

A visitation will be held August 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, MN.  


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