Stanley was born on October 5, 1940, in Caledonia, Minn., to Chester and Sena (Nerison) Doering. He grew up on the family farm in Mayville Township. In February 1960, Stanley enlisted in the US Army and spent 2 ½ years in Germany building bridges; most notably, a 1000-foot pontoon bridge across the Rhine River. At the time of his honorable discharge, he held an SP5 (E-5) ranking and was awarded the level of Sharpshooter (Rifle). Stanley was a long-time member of the Loveless-Eikens American Legion Post 191 of Caledonia.
On December 3, 1966, Stanley married Rosalie Constantino in Waukegan, Ill., at St. Joseph’s Church. They celebrated 50 years of marriage on December 3, 2016.
After being discharged from the Army, Stanley moved to Kenosha, Wis., and worked at American Motors. He later worked at Libertyville Lumber where he was a proud member of Teamsters Local 301 of Waukegan, Ill. In 1981, Stanley and Rosalie moved their family back to Caledonia. He drove over the road for Gateway/Fleming until his retirement. Following his retirement, Stanely briefly drove for Bonsack Trucking. He and Rosalie enjoyed traveling to see new places and visiting friends.
Stanley was a very special man. His first concern was always for his family. Stanley was a great provider for them. He and Rosalie taught their children the true meaning of love, marriage, and family. Stanley truly taught his children and grandchildren by example. He instilled in them an amazing work ethic. He taught them to never judge people, to always offer a helping hand and expect nothing in return, and to always treat people the way that you would want to be treated.
Stanley was his grandchildren’s biggest fan. He always enjoyed attending their school events and anything that they were involved in. He loved visiting with his neighbors, friends, and family. Stanley could always be found outside enjoying the weather, working in his yard and talking to his neighbors when they came by. When the grandkids were young, they enjoyed the rides that Grandpa gave them on his lawnmower.
Stanley made an impact on every life he touched and the people that were in his life were better because of him.
Stanley is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie; children, Beatrice (Peter) Rethwisch of Marion, Iowa; Sonja (William) Hoskins of Caledonia, Minn.; Michael Doering (Linda Bechly) of La Crescent; Minn., and Lisa Horman of Holmen, Wis.; six grandchildren, Kayla Rethwisch (fiancé, Clay Freeman), Peter Rethwisch, Abigail Hoskins, William Hoskins, Samuel Horman, and Casey Horman; brother, Chester Doering; sisters-in-law, Janice Doering, Mary Doering, Una Doering, Earleen Constantino, Pat Constantino, and Vicky Constantino; brothers-in-law, Dom Constantino and Joe Constantino; Isabella Constantino; and many nieces and nephews.
Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Sena; brothers, Donald, Duane, Robert, and Loren; his twin sister, Sandra Johnson; nephews, Dan Doering, Ted Doering, and John Johnson; twin nieces, Sherry and Susan Doering; father-in-law, Gregory Constantino; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marlene and Russell Constantino; niece, Joy Grubbs; and nephews, Russell Scott Constantino and Steve Clanton.
A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 24, 2017, at Crucifixion Catholic Church, 423 South Second St., La Crescent, Minn. Father Gregory Havel will officiate. Burial will follow in the Crucifixion Catholic Cemetery with military honors by the Loveless-Eikens American Legion Post 191 of Caledonia, the Gittens-Leidel American Legion Post 595 of La Crescent, and the United States Army Funeral Honor Guard. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Sunday, and from 9:30 a.m., until the time of mass Monday, both at Crucifixion Catholic Church in La Crescent. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, La Crosse, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.