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Robert McDougall

Robert McDougall

June 4, 1949-Oct. 7, 2013

Robert L. "Bob" McDougall, 64, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, October 7, 2013 at Essentia-Health-St. Mary's in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with Reverend Robert Possehl officiating.

Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, with Military Rites provided by the Lake Region Veterans Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, with a 6 p.m. prayer service, at David-Donehower Funeral Home, 609 Highway 10 East, Detroit Lakes, and at the church one hour prior to services on Friday.

Robert Lee McDougall was born to Robert and Dorothy (Gilbery) McDougall on June 4, 1949 in rural White Earth. He moved with his family to Fargo as a child, and graduated from Fargo North High School in 1967.

Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Army, serving from January 1969 to September 1970. During that time, he served in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Following his discharge, he attended programs at the Moorhead Vocational-Technical Institute and at the Detroit Lakes Vocational-Technical College. He then worked for Cook Sign Company in Fargo.

Bob was united in marriage to Mary Krump on July 25, 1981 at Bonanzaville in Fargo. They made their home in Wahpeton, N.D., where they owned and operated the Sign Doctor.

They moved to Detroit Lakes in 1985 and he began teaching sign lettering at the DL Vo-Tech. In 2003, he began teaching industrial arts in White Earth, returning to Detroit Lakes, where he worked as a para-professional for the Detroit Lakes School District until 2011.

Bob enjoyed time with his family, gardening, woodcarving, fishing, antiquing, auctions and his kitty, Khloe.

Survivors include his wife Mary, of Detroit Lakes; three daughters, Kelly (Blair) Westrum, Jessica (Benjamin) Splonskowski and Ashley McDougall, all of Detroit Lakes; three granddaughters, Evan, Marin and Peyton; six brothers and two sisters, Dennis (Carol) of Stockton, Calif., Jeanette (Jim) Moran of Seattle, Wash., Gerald "Chub" (Ida) of Richwood, Jean (Clair) Sorensen of Detroit Lakes, Merlin "Poncho" (Jan) of Detroit Lakes, Stan of Detroit Lakes, Gary (Pam) of Willmar and Douglas (Bonnie) of Fargo.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Ronald.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Online tributes can be shared at