Dorvin was born and raised in Corliss Township. His parents were Henry and Olga (Rosentreter)
Wendt. There were five boys in the
Dorvin attended Perham High School. After high school, he
worked in the Arthur, ND area doing farm work, well drilling and working on
farm machinery. After his dad passed away in 1962, he returned to Perham and
began farming on the Went home farm.
He was married to Deloris “Lori” Winkels in September of
1964. In 1969, they moved to Pelican Rapids, MN then to Warren, MN in 1983. In
those years, Dorvin worked in the elevator/fertilizer businesses and later in
Warren, he was in charge of maintenance at a federal high-rise complex. In Warren and Pelican Rapids, he was a member
of the fire departments for a total of 31 years of service. Dorvin and Lori
were the parents of Jayme Matthew, born and deceased in 1972. In 1987, they adopted
Amanda Jung Ae from Korea, who was nine years old.
Dorvin and Lori retired from their jobs in Warren and moved
back to Perham in 2000. Since coming back Dorvin has worked for the City of
Perham and now helps families at Schoeneberger Funeral and Cremation Service along
with various maintenance and lawn care jobs.
He is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham, the
Dent American Legion, on the board of directors of The Bridge (food shelf) and
is sexton of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.