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Leslie Dohman

April 16, 1932 ~ July 26, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Leslie Dohman Obituary

Leslie Joseph Dohman, ninety-one, Groton, passed away on Wednesday, July26, 2023, at Avantara Groton.  Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Groton on Saturday, July 29,2023, with Father Greg Tschakert officiating. Burial was at Groton Union Cemetery with military honors under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton. 

Leslie J. Dohman was born on April 16, 1932, in Webster, SD, to George and Agnes (Kriech) Dohman. He was the tenth of twelve children.  Les left home at an early age and went to work for his older brother, Bill, in the Crandall Hills. Les graduated from Andover High School in 1950and enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, and track.  He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.   After serving in Korea, Les returned to South Dakota to work for Bell Telephone.  Les began courting Carol Ann Rix and married his sweetheart on June 30th, 1958.

Les and Carol began their life together in Miller, SD, where Carol taught second grade and Les continued to work for Bell Telephone. Aberdeen, SD, was the next destination until they moved to a farm located a half mile east of Putney, a special place where they raised seven children.

Les retired in 1982 from Bell Telephone after thirty-four years of service. He continued farming and raising cattle until moving to Groton in 1994. Living across the street from the high school, they enjoyed making lunch for many of their grandchildren.  During retirement, Les and Carol spent time traveling to see their kids across the country and relaxing most summer weekends at their Pickerel Lake cabin. Les was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Groton American Legion Post 39, and the Telephone Pioneers. 

Les could always be found driving his Chevy Avalanche around town. He loved going to his children’s and grandchildren’s activities, especially sporting events.  He was a die-hard Green Bay Packers’ fan.  Les enjoyed going on hunting trips to the Hills and fishing off the dock at the lake.  He loved playing cards with his buddies, but his favorite pastime was drinking coffee and eating donuts.

He was preceded in death by George and Agnes Dohman (parents), all eleven of his siblings, and three infant grandchildren, Christopher and Taylor Bohnenkamp, and Aaron Dohman. 

Les is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Carol Dohman, and his seven children, Anne Dohman, Arden (Vivian) Dohman, David (Tammy) Dohman, DeLynne (Andrew) Roloff, Susan (Jeff) Bohnenkamp, Steve (Tamra) Dohman, and Diane (Ryan) Kurtz. 

Casket bearers will be his grandsons: Andrew Dohman, Matthew Dohman, Jacob Dohman, Kaden Kurtz, Kasey Kurtz, Gabriel Dohman, Zachary Bohnenkamp, Mitchell Bohnenkamp, Joey Roloff, Josh Roloff and Lucas Roloff.

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