Doris Younger

 Doris (Dory) Ann Younger (Schumitsch), 84, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away on August 4, 2020. 

Dory was born Dec. 24, 1935, in Antigo, where she was the first of three girls after five boys. Dory had a childhood filled with family, love and plenty of hard work. 

She started school at the one room Ferndale school, which she always had very fond memories of. Dory loved being in the marching band in high school and played the clarinet, which she picked up again in later years, playing in the community band in Madras, Ore. 

After high school, Dory went to business school, and then in 1955 married Rudy Younger, who was in the Air Force and stationed in Antigo at the time they met. They loved the experience of Rudy’s twenty year career in the Air Force, and were able to live in Germany and travel Europe for three years. Before having children, Dory worked at secretarial jobs to help make ends meet. Their daughter Bonny was born in Key West, Fla., in 1965, and son Mark was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., in 1970. 

When Rudy retired from the Air Force, the family moved to Madras, Ore., where Dory and Rudy raised their family and were active members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. 

They loved living in Madras and lived there for the next forty years. Dory and Rudy moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2014 to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law, when health issues started to become difficult to manage. 

Dory spent many years as the Director of Community Education for Central Oregon Community College, and later enjoyed working as the church secretary for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madras, Ore. She taught catechism at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and wrote and directed the yearly Christmas pageants for the students. Three of her plays were later published by C.S.S. Publishing Company for use in parishes across the country. She taught community education classes in writing for COCC, and wrote various newspaper and church articles as well. Dory sang in the church choir for many years, and also played the piano for the choir for several years. 

Dory was talented and creative. She was an avid gardener, and delighted in raising flowers and vegetables all her life. She was a talented painter, and once had a gallery show displaying and selling her watercolors.

Dory was an avid reader, a fabulous cook who loved to try new recipes, loved to travel and sight see, and loved her country, the military, flowers, babies and the stars. 

Dory remained active in her church all her life. She adored her family and had a special place in her heart for her grandchildren. Dory remained very close to her brothers and sisters, and was beloved by all her family and her friends. She was generous, compassionate, a great friend, wife, daughter, sister, mother and grandmother, and was kind to everyone she met. She is dearly loved and missed.

Dory is survived by her daughter Bonny Gainley, son-in-law Glenn Gainley, son Mark, grandsons T.J. Gainley (Caroline) and Dusty Gainley (Ashley), and granddaughter Sydney Gainley. She has three great-grandchildren, Clare, Morgan and Lilly Gainley. She is also survived by her brother Art Schumitsch and sisters Louise Korth (Louis) and Pat McCarry (Randy), and many nieces and nephews. Dory was preceded in death by her husband Rudy, her parents Frank and Irma Schumitsch, brothers Elsworth, Gilbert, Robert and Donald.

A funeral and internment were held in Fort Collins, Colorado, and recordings can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/c/saintjosephcatholicchurchfc, https://www.bohlenderfuneralchapel.com/obituaries/Dory-And-Rudy-Younger/

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