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June 3, 1939 – April 2, 2023

Neil Foster Docherty of Buffalo passed away on April 2, 2023 at the age of 83.   He was born June 3, 1939 to Ethel and Foster Docherty in Graceville, Minnesota.   He attended school in Clinton, MN.   In 1957, he married June Ballhagen.  They moved to Buffalo, Minnesota where they spent nearly 65 years together.   Neil was blessed with a daughter, Patsy Warner (husband Tim) and son, Keith Docherty (wife Georgia), both of Champlin, Minnesota.

Neil worked for Kjellbergs, Bergstrom Farm Store, Bergstrom Furniture Store, Buffalo TV and Appliance until he started his own small business in Buffalo called Doc’s TV & Appliance.  Neil was a kind and thoughtful businessman helping families upgrade their appliances over the years as well as renting VHS and VideoDisc movies for the small town of Buffalo.  In later years, he worked part-time driving and delivering LP gas and auto parts.  Neil enjoyed many outdoor hobbies such as snowmobiling, tractor pulls, gardening, using his Massey-Ferguson Pony tractor, riding his Goldwing motorcycle, fishing and driving the boat around Lake Sylvia at their cabin, and sitting in the swing with June watching the sunset.   Neil has been a faithful servant to God and attended Buffalo United Methodist Church.  He served on different committees at church including ushering and treasurer.  Neil loved his family and his five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Neil had a very soft spot in his heart for animals and cared for many dogs, cats and rabbits over the years.

Neil is preceded in death by his beloved bride, June; his loving parents, Ethel and Foster; siblings, Susan, Donna and Warren.

He is survived by his sisters, Doris (Chub) and Diane; children, Patsy (Tim) and Keith (Georgia); his grandchildren, Andy (Dustina), Aaron, Derek, Logan, and Mara; and by his great-grandchildren, Kyra, Petra and Tennyson.

A celebration of Neil’s life will be held Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 1:00 pm, with visitation one hour prior, at Buffalo United Methodist Church in Buffalo. Burial will follow at Swedish Mission Cemetery in Buffalo.

Family is requesting no flowers or money, but cards would be appreciated.


5 Guestbook Entries

  1. steve jeske

    When in town , I always stopped in to visit Neil at the shop. still have GE radio he sold to me. 1991 .

  2. Richard Jordan

    My sincere condolences to the family. The obituary says it all, what a great person, glad to have met and known Neil Rest in peace.

  3. Shelley Gonzalez

    I was blessed to have Neil as an uncle. I have wonderful memories of the smell of his pipe that he would smoke to running around in his appliance store. The best memory is from 2 months ago when we spoke on the phone and he told of his younger days in Milbank SD. I will remember that everyday I drive thru town now. Thank you uncle Neil for all the good memories I will always have.

  4. Jolene & Gene Herrmann

    Our sympathy to all of uncle Neil’s family! Although the poem at the end of his obituary is amazing! This was definitely Uncle Neil!

  5. Shelley Gonzalez

    I was blessed to have Neil as my uncle. I have such fond memories from the smell of his tobacco from his pipe to running around in his appliance store. The best memory came from two months ago when we spoke on the phone and he was telling me all about his younger years in Milbank SD. Now I can smile everyday when I drive thru town. Thank you uncle Neil you will always be with me.


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