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Douglas Proehl

Douglas A. Proehl, age 77, of Winthrop, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Society in Winthrop. Memorial service were held Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Fernando, rural Stewart, with interment in the church cemetery. Gathering of family and friends was held Monday, October 11, 2021, from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop and continued one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Clergy officiating was Pastor Aaron Albrecht. Organist was Wanda Renner. Congregational hymns sung were “When Like A River”, “Jesus Loves Me”, “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”, and “How Great Thou Art.” Urn bearer was Jonathan Proehl. Doug is survived by his: wife, Carolyn Proehl of Winthrop, MN; children, Jonathan Proehl and his wife, Kelli, of St. Paul, MN, Anne Proehl and her fiancé, Darrell Watson, of Minneapolis, MN; grandchild, Evelyn Watson; sisters, Sandra Proehl of Wayzata, MN, Barbara Proehl and her husband, Bob Parish, of Little Canada, MN, Lois Proehl and her husband, Glen Funk, of Mankato, MN; brothers-in-law, Curt Pinnow of Antioch, IL, Michael Rye and his wife, Bonnie, of Mesa, AZ, David Rye and his wife, Monica, of Waterville, MN; sisters-in-law, Margaret Loveless and her husband, Steve, of Maplewood, MN, Suzzette Tyson of Hastings, MN; many other relatives and friends. Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Iona Proehl; sister, Marcia Pinnow; brother, Steve Proehl; brother-in-law, Donald Rye. Douglas Arnold Proehl was born on July 29, 1944, in Glencoe, Minnesota. He was the son of Arnold E. and Iona (Wacker) Proehl. Doug was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Fernando, rural Stewart, Minnesota. He attended country school and was a graduate with the Stewart High School class of 1962. He attended boarding school in Waseca, Minnesota, Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota, for business. He was a life-long farmer in rural Winthrop. On August 23, 1998, Doug was united in marriage to Carolyn Rye at Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop, Minnesota, by Pastor Bob Miner. After their marriage, the couple farmed in Round Grove Township, Minnesota. Doug retired in 2005. Doug was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Fernando, rural Stewart. He was a board member for Bismarck Township, a member of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, United Soybean Board, and the Winthrop Lions. Doug enjoyed cars, anything mechanical, and cooking. He cherished the time he spent with his family and friends. Doug passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Society in Winthrop at the age of 77 years. Blessed be his memory. Arrangements by Dalin-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Winthrop, Minnesota. Online obituaries and guest book available at

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