A memorial service for Dorrance N. Davick, 80, of Rochester will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Bethel Lutheran Church with the Reverend Dr. Norman Wahl officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home and also one hour prior to the service at the church.
Dorrance Neil Davick was born on July 23, 1938 in Stanley, ND to parents, Peter and Selma (Hallan) Davick. He died on April 3, 2019 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
Dorrance graduated from Stanley High School. He lettered in football, basketball and baseball all while his love of golf was blossoming. He studied English at Minot State Teacher's College for a year prior to entering the military. He was stationed in South Korea and earned extra money for his mom through the tutoring of a Korean banker. He was honorably discharged from the Army, moved home to Stanley to help support his mom, and went to work at the local funeral home in Stanley. In 1970, he went back to college at Montana State (studying Fish and Wildlife Biology). He married Janice Berntson in 1971. Living in the Gallatin Canyon allowed him to pursue his passions of hunting and fishing. Daughter Liv was born in 1972. Dorrance attended North Dakota State and entered the management trainee program with J.C. Penney Company. During his journey with J.C. Penney Company, he had stops in Willmar (son Andrew was born in 1976), Rochester, Redfield (SD) and eventually Decorah (IA). He retired in 1998. Following retirement, he painted houses, delivered baby chicks and worked for the census bureau but most of his time was spent with family and friends.
Dorrance will be remembered for his smile. His love for family and friends was genuine and he treated everyone around him with kindness and grace. He loved time with his grandkids, playing a round of golf, fishing, hunting and reading.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Davick of Rochester, MN; son, Andrew (Shana) Davick of Byron, MN and daughter, Liv (Chris) Davick Olivere of Los Angeles, CA; two grandchildren, Brendan and Liliana; one brother, Duane (Paula) Davick of Hastings, MN, one sister Patricia Jensen of Stanley, ND and sister-in-law Carole Davick of Bellevue, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Selma, two brothers, Roger and Gordon "Boop" Davick and one sister, Shirley Lidstrom.
Memorials are preferred to Ronald McDonald House or Hawk Creek Human Society, 250 28th St. SW, Wilmar, MN 56201.
What a great loss. I worked with Dorrance, back to back, at our Rochester JCP for quite a few years. I will never forget the lessons he taught me as we worked in the office. Never a dull moment. I will miss him. God be with his wonderful family in this time of sorrow.
Sally (Petersen) Oviatt
On behalf of the North Central HCSC LMG - "JCP Retirees", we extend our heartfelt sympathies to you all in the loss of Dorrance. At the June "Gathering", the Memorial Service will include Dorrance. While I am not totally recalling definitely, but I think you all participated in the 1998 Gathering at Devil's Head Resort, shortly after his retirement. In any event, please know that all of the "JCP retirees" extend our sincere and deepest condolences to you all. May he rest in Peace. Do not hesitate to touch base with me if I may be of any help to you.. Sincerely, North Central HCSC - LMG - Vyda Bridwell, Sunshine
Jan and Family:
I'm so sorry to hear of Dorrance's passing. He was a good JCPenney Partner, and always enjoyable to be with. Kind to everyone he met. I'm glad our career paths crossed, and that I got to know Dorrance. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you gather to celebrate Dorrance's life. L'Oree and Pat Conley
So sorry to hear about Dorrance! We always enjoyed your visits when you stopped in the store on your visits back home in Stanley!🙏
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are for your family during this difficult time. Earl Dennis
My heartfelt love, prayers and sympathies to the Davick family. Dorrance will never be forgotten. His smile, laughter and love for life will live on forever in our hearts. He was a good one, I know I will never forget him and all that he taught me. Hugs to Jan, Liv and Andrew!
Our Dad and his kitty Holly
Jan, Liv, Andrew and families, We extend our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your dear husband and father, Dorrance. Krissy and I have warm memories of your family when you lived in Redfield. May you find peace and comfort in your faith during this sad time. Lavonne & Don Mendel
Jan, Liv, Andrew and families, We are so very sorry to hear about dear Dorrance. Such a warm wonderful man. I always remember how patiently he would wait for Jan when he came to pick her up at Happiness Is😊 Jan, we are thinking of you today. He will be greatly missed. With our love and great sympathy, Paul and Jeanne Burg
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