Ernest P. Dohrn, died at the age of 85 at the V A Hospital in Lake City, Florida on April 10, 2013. He was born in Lake City, Minnesota on February 7, 1928 to Harry and Dora Dohrn, both deceased. Survivors include his children, Donald A. Dohrn (Tonapah, AZ), Joseph (and Elaine) Dohrn, Jay Dohrn and Jill (Dohrn) Levy (and David, Miami, FL); grandchildren Donnie Dohrn , Daniel and Dylan Dohrn, Jeremy and Hollianne Dohrn , Max and Ali Levy, his two sisters Helen Lewis Rich (Lake City, MN) and Rosemary (and Robert) O'Connor (Meridian, MS); his sister-in-law, Arlene (and John) Dohrn (Minneapolis, MN) his brother Robert Dohrn (Lake City, MN), his caring friend Hope Knox and his beloved cat, TJ. He was recently preceded in death by his brother John Dohrn.
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Ernie joined the United States Navy in September, 1945. During his Navy career he served on eight U. S. Naval submarines. In the late 1960's he served as COB (Chief of the Boat) on the USS Lewis & Clark. He retired in March, 1971 while stationed at NAS Jacksonville. After retiring from the Navy, he went on to own and operate Dohrn's Claim Service, an independent insurance adjusting company for more than 25 years in Lake City, Florida. He was a member of the Submariners Veterans Association, The American Legion, The Masonic Lodge, The Lake City Shriner's Club and York Rite. Ernie was also a long time fan of the Florida State University football team. He was a loving, dedicated father to his children and like a second father to many of his children's friends. He was a patient and caring friend to many others. He always had the time to really listen and talk with those around him. He was also an avid reader and loved military, western, history and crime novels.
Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:00 at GATEWAY- FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 S U.S. Hwy 441, Lake City, FL., 32025, (386)752-1954 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital. Please leave words of comfort for the family at www.gatewayforestlawn.com
Published in Lake City Reporter on Apr. 17, 2013