Thomas Michael Doerfler
August 1, 1961 - July 13, 2015
Thomas Michael Doerfler, 53 died quietly at home July 13, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Growing up in Lakeville, MN, he was happiest when he was finally able to move up north. He loved Crosslake. Tom was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and observing nature. Feeding deer in his backyard and watching all the “critters” from his patio door was one of his favorite past times. He always knew just who was prowling the neighborhood. If you wanted to know where the fish were biting, if the bucks were in rut or how thick the ice was all you had to do was ask Tom.
His garden was dear to his heart and always a favorite summer time topic of conversation. He was the first to put a seed in the ground in spring and just couldn’t wait to tell you about his first tomato or (his favorite) digging new potatoes.
He was a hard worker and enjoyed working with his dad “Butch,” brushing lots and clearing trees. He knew how to use his chainsaw and was the best man-in-the-woods his dad ever knew.
Tom was a simple man with simple needs. His gentle spirit, quick smile and kind ways will be missed by many.
He is survived by his father and stepmother, Donald “Butch” and Debra Doerfler, partner Tammy Smiley, brothers: Bill (Kerri Hedberg) and Jeremiah “JJ”; sisters Suzie (John Milan) and Patty (Jeff Baardson), stepbrothers Andrew and Abraham Wallin, stepdaughter Nicole Bjorklund, granddaughter Allie Bjorklund and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving mother Gail, wife Ilya, stepson George Bjorklund, cousins Joe Jr., Ricky, Michael, Jeannie, Jerry, Steve and Albert.
Funeral services were held at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake on July 17, 2015 with Father Ryan Moravitz officiating. Internment followed the service at Pinewood Cemetery, Crosslake.