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Douglas Raehsler 08/31/2022

Douglas M. Raehsler, age 77, of El Paso passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at the Ellsworth Care Center.  He was born December 14, 1944, in St. Paul, MN the son to Joseph and Lillian (Fischer) Raehsler.  The family moved to Wisconsin and Doug grew up in the El Paso and Spring Valley area.  He joined the US Navy and served his country during the Vietnam War on the USS Bon Homme Richard aircraft carrier.  On July 16, 1966, he married the love of his life, Dixie Hines, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.  Doug worked at 3M for 35 years and retired in 2001. He was an active member of the American Legion Post #204 in Ellsworth, serving as commander, the Forty and Eight club, the VFW and the Knights of Columbus. He volunteered at the Vets Service Office for 10 years driving the VA van for Veteran’s doctor appointments.  He absolutely enjoyed woodworking crafts with his grandchildren and fishing with his wife, Dixie.  Doug is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lillian; sisters, Joyce and Arlis (John); brothers, William, Ronald, Roger (Phyllis), Gary, Duane “Jake”, and Timothy (Anne); as well as his daughter Diana’s partner, Frank Uggla. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dixie; children, Joseph (Alisa), Angela (Tony) Lucking, Diana Palmer; grandchildren, Brittany (Jason) Raehsler-Christopher, Katherine Raehsler (Ty), Stephanie (Zac) Dzikonski, Paige Lucking, Isabelle (Matthew) Fink, Tanner Palmer, Lydia Palmer (Carter), Maggie Palmer (Nathan); great-granddaughter, Aubrey Raehsler-Christopher; sister, Carol (Chuck) Gregg with special niece and nephew Amy (Martin) Holste and Aric (Jordyn) Gregg; sisters-in-law, Barb (William), Ramona (Ronald), Laura (Gary), Susan (Jake); and countless nieces, nephews and cousins.  A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 3:00 pm at St. Bridget Catholic Church (211 E Division St.) in River Falls.  Visitation was also Sunday from 1:00-3:00 pm at the church.  Interment was in St. Francis Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion Post #204.  Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Arrangements were with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Doug’s Memorial Mass


  • Karen Cernohous Posted September 2, 2022 4:11 pm

    Our sincere understanding to the family.
    Karen and Tom Cernohous

  • Sally Solum-Thoen Posted September 3, 2022 8:50 am

    Sorry for your loss!

  • Brian o’Connell Posted September 3, 2022 9:13 am

    Sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. We grew up together in the El Paso area. Doug had a great sense of humor and was a great man to know. My deepest sympathies to Dixie and all of the Raeshler family.

  • judith lindstrom Posted September 3, 2022 9:19 am

    Deepest sympathies for your loss, Dixie and family. Fond memories of my “cousin” Doug. Our Grandmas were sisters. Sincerely, Judy and Dale L

  • Diane Johnson Posted September 3, 2022 9:33 am

    My deepest sympathies to you.

  • Mary Kay Metcalf Posted September 3, 2022 8:33 pm

    Doug was an awesome brother-in-law , he will be missed..❣️❣️

  • Fehringer David Posted September 4, 2022 6:48 am

    Our sympathy to you, Joe and your entire family.

  • Swede and Kathy Svoboda Posted September 4, 2022 1:25 pm

    Sorry for you loss, Dixie and family. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Shirley Hines Posted September 4, 2022 2:48 pm

    Dearest Dixie, Roger and I are so sorry for your loss. Doug will always be remembered as a great guy and you both were the ideal couple, filled with joy. Please know that you’re in our prayers for GOD’s comfort and peace at this time and in the future. Love to you and all your family. Send me an email if you want. Maybe we could have coffee and chat. Remember, “you’re not alone!!”

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