Bernard (Ben) Blaine Dorman was born to Fred Sr. and Florence (Schultz) Dorman in Minneiska, MN, on November 17, 1941. Ben spent his formative youth living in the beautiful Whitewater Valley and attended the small public school in Elba, MN. In 1963, Ben enlisted in the United States Army, served as an artillery surveyor, and was stationed in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge from military service in 1966, Ben returned to his beloved Whitewater Valley. On February 21, 1967, he was united in marriage to Doris Degn of Lanesboro, MN. Ben and Doris made their home in Elba, MN, where he served as Mayor for several years. He also severed as Vice Present of UAW local 633 at Badger Construction Equipment Company, where he was employed for 32 years. During his retirement, Ben served as Legion Commander of Post 190, in St. Charles, MN. Also, after retirement, Ben continued to work part-time driving semi for Schoenfelders Farms, CHS, and Vermilya Farms.
Ben is survived by his wife of 55 years, Doris, and their five children, Kristi (Ed) Tlougan, La Crescent, MN; Brian Dorman of Winona, MN; Kerry (Bill) Key, College Station, TX; Pam (Scott) Scherbring, Elba, MN; and Bruce (Andrea) Dorman, St. Charles, MN.
Ben was blessed with 12 grandchildren: David & Erin Tlougan, Blake (Kate Dulak) & Brad Dorman, Taylor (Matt Neumann) & Kase Scherbring, Justin & Matthew Key, Jaidan, Claire, Marah, and Briggs Dorman, three step-grandchildren Jennifer (Key) Westling, Cristina Key, Mary (Key) Ellisor, one great-grandchild, Sophie Neumann, and six great step-grandchildren. Ben is also survived by his brother, Jesse (Dorothy) Dorman of Fort Madison, Iowa, two sister in-laws, Hazel Jacobson & Ella McCabe, and several nieces and nephews. Further, Ben also leaves behind his two cherished furry companions, Nellie & Buster and several lifetime friends.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Fred and Florence Dorman, his two brother, Fred and Henry (Bud) Dorman, and his two sisters, Virginia Rodgers and Florence (Margaret (Marge) Schmidt.
Finally, the Dorman family would like to thank Mayo Hospice for their attention in caring for Ben during his illness.
A Memorial Service for Bernard will be held at 11am on Monday, March 21, 2022 at the Hoff Funeral Home in St. Charles. Visitation will be from 9 - 11am on Monday at the funeral home. Bernard will be laid to rest at a later date.
Hoff Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.