Dr. Earl Warren Doelle

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  • Name: Dr. Earl Warren Doelle
  • Location of Birth: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 28, 1919
  • Date of Death: July 17, 2007 (88 years old)
  • Parents: Edward and Ella Doelle
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  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: July 18, 1942 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: January 14, 1946 (Release Date)
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    Information from United States World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
    Name: Earl Warren Doelle
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 21
    Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
    Birth Date: March 28, 1919
    Birth Place: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Weight: 145
    Complexion: Dark
    Eye Color: Brown
    Hair Color: Brown
    Height: 6'
    Next of Kin: Danial Costello
    Household Members: Earl Warren Doelle
    Relationship: Self (Head)

    Earl served for four years in the United States Army Medical Corps in France.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Earl started his practice of optometry in 1942 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota on the second floor of the First National Bank Building. The practice was interrupted while he served for four years in the United States Army Medical Corps in France.

    After his return from the service, he married Janet Buffmire in 1946.

    He was active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Community Presbyterian Church, Lions Club, Boy Scouting and the Grand Rapids Winter Carnival.

    He was recognized Optometrist of the Year 1976 by Minnesota Optometric Association. Earl also taught the optometric assistant program at the Itasca Junior College for several years.

    In later years at his homes on Sugar Lake or in Green Valley, Arizona, he enjoyed painting watercolors of everything from his beloved northern forests and lakes to the flowers in the blooming Arizona desert; or an abandoned boat on a serene shore; from a cabin in a snowy wood to the highest steeple along a village lane. His woodshop buzzed with creative genius, gentle hands and love as he taught his grandsons the finer points of woodworking.

    Earl spent his last four years at the Friendship Village Retirement Home in Bloomington, Minnesota, but his heart always remained in Grand Rapids with his friends and at the home he loved on the shores of Sugar Lake.

    Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Buffmire) Doelle and brother George Doelle.

    He is survived by his sister, Lucille (Vern Sass); son, Dennis; and daughters Susan (Richard Petersohn) and Jane (Kevin Roth); five grandchildren; his former wife and friend, Jane Homing, and a very dear and supportive companion in later years, Alice Hart; and many nieces, nephews and other friends.

    Earl died at Friendship Village in Bloomington, Minnesota and was cremated.

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