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Robert J. Doerning

July 20, 2018
Emmetsburg News

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 20, 2018 for Robert J. Doerning of Webster City at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Webster City. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Webster City. Mr. Doerning died Monday, July 16, 2018, at Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Webster City, IA.

Bob was born February 14, 1939 in Mallard, Iowa, to Arnold and Marie Doerning. He began teaching at Columbus High School in Waterloo, in 1960. After teaching there for three years he taught High School English, speech and was a drama coach in Webster City Schools from 1963 to 2001. He substituted there and at St. Edmond's, Ft. Dodge for many years following his retirement. Was active in St. Thomas Aquinas Parish where he taught Religious Education, was a Sacristan and an Usher. He was a member of Knights of Columbus. He was a volunteer and Friend of Kendall Young Library.

Bob enjoyed political campaigns, reading, theatre, traveling and gardening. His faith and family were lifetime priorities. His love for teaching and care for his students will long be remembered by them.

Bob married Marita on June 17, 1961 in Emmetsburg. He is survived by his wife and their three children, Maribeth, Jeffrey and Regina (Rob Zlomke); grandchildren, Natalie, Robert, Maddison and Avery Jayne; a great granddaughter, Vivian; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bill.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that all memorials be directed to the Robert J. Doerning educational scholarship fund for WCHS graduates or to St. Thomas Aquinas School.

Condolences may be expressed online at or cards sent to Marty Doerning at 2501 Des Moines Street, Apartment 206, Webster City, Iowa 50595.

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