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January 10, 1931 – Saturday, June 13, 2015

Service Information
Huikkos Bison Creek-Buffalo, MN
Friday, June 26, 2015
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Peterson Chapel-Buffalo, MN
Thursday, June 25, 2015
5-7:30 P.M.

Raymond John (Red) Dorn, 84, died at home in Buffalo, MN, with his family at his side.
Red was born in Winona MN to Herbert and Laura (Soldner) Dorn. He attended St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed. He graduated from Winona High School in 1949. Red proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War, spending most of those years in Asia on the USS Ajax. Following his Navy years, Red graduated in 1958, with a BA in business administration from Winona State College.
In 1968, he and Jane Findlay were married. They moved to Buffalo in 1971, where both their sons, Paul and Scott, were born.

Beginning in his teen years, Red worked with his father Herb, operating Dorn’s IGA Grocery Store in Winona until 1967. At that time he became manager of Valley Home and Farm Store in LaCrosse until moving to Buffalo in 1971. He was manager of F & D Farm and Home Supply Co in Buffalo for 16 years, and then manager of the Big Bear Store in Buffalo, until his retirement in 1994.

Retirement was a busy time for Red. He was elected to the ISD #877 school board, which became his favorite job of all. He also worked as a US Census taker, and then part-time at Tractor Supply Co in Rockford until 2010, when he fully retired at age 79.

Red’s life was one of commitment to family and his community. In his 44 years in the Buffalo community, Red was active in Buffalo Chamber of Commerce. He was involved and Boy Scouts and 4-H, supporting his sons activities. When he was 49, Red participated in the “Challenge” of local businessmen to ride in the American Cancer society bike-a-thon, raising the most money by an individual, riding 60 miles (when seriously out of condition).

Red served 11 years as a member of the ISD#877 school board and was involved in the local United for Youth campaign. He found particular enjoyment as a volunteer reader at the all 5 district elementary schools, spending 10 mornings each month reading to and with students. He participated in many other volunteer actives throughout the years.

In addition to volunteering, Red’s leisure time passions were traveling, reading, and most especially cheering for the Minnesota Vikings. He was a season ticket holder for 53 years, and never gave up hope that some day they might win the big game.

Red was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife Jane, sons Paul and Scott, all of Buffalo, brothers- in-law Thomas Findlay (Missy O’Neil) of St. Paul, MN and Joseph Findlay of Maine, and his much loved nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 25 at Peterson’s Chapel, Buffalo, MN, 5-7:30.
Service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 26th, at Huikko’s Bison Creek Grill, Buffalo. Memorials preferred, suggested to the Buffalo Scholarship Fund, care of the #877 school district office.

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tami Blahut

    Dorn Family,
    My deepest sympathies in the loss of your dear family member. I wanted you to know just how much I enjoyed Red. Prayers for strength and comfort to you all!

    Tami Blahut

  2. Karen (Rude) Driskill

    Dorn family, I am very sorry to hear that Red passed away. I remember him so well from when I was a cashier at Big Bear during the early 1990’s. He was so full of energy, and very kind to me. My sincere condolences.
    Karen Driskill

  3. john king

    So sorry for the loss of Red. It was always a pleasure to see him, and enjoy his upbeat humor.


    The Weiche family will miss Red, his hardy laugh and all that he gave to our community. A very special man! Our love to you Jane, Paul and Scott as you face life’s journey without him.
    Sincerely, Jayne

  5. kenneth ronald spittler

    from kenneth and delores nielsen spittler, class of 49 and50 , our sincerest condolences to red’s family.

  6. Jack Richter

    A Viking Fan for 53 years? That says it all regarding Red Dorn: faithful and true in the face of adversity. When the Vikes do make it to the “Big Game” I propose we call it “Red’s Super Bowl!” Great guy.


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