Assisting Jerry with Healthcare & Death Preparation

Walter Jerry Doggett, June 5, 2005 in his apartment in Bagley, MN during my visit to him that month.

Jerry (my brother) was very proud and greatly disliked asking for any kind of help, but after he was diagnosed with cancer and his physical stamina was going down, he accepted that he needed help and somehow I was the only one usually available with Bonnie in one situation. His humility made me humble and I felt so satisfied with every effort I made to help him while still letting him make the choices and not telling him what to do or how to do it.

I would like to write more here later on about our relationship over the years and more about these specific activities, but this is a start:

The Diagnosis & Earlier Visits 2002-2005

  • Diagnosis: Mantel Cell Lymphoma
  • 2003 Photos of Bonnie & I with Jerry at the “Gift of Life Transplant House” in Rochester after his stem cell transplant.
  • May-June 2005 Visit with Jerry PHOTOS including my beginning the Great River Road which I finally finished in 2010. I like to turn everything into an adventure!   🙂
Wanigan Landing on the Mississippi. It is the first one out of the park beyond the put-in point on Hwy 200 called Gulvvig Landing. It is the first of 5 landings Jerry took me to see. Photographed on my May-June 2005 trip to Minnesota to visit Jerry.

Moving Jerry to Rochester Nov. 2005

My Scrapbook Page about the move.





  • December 2007 – Helping Jerry with trips to Mayo Clinic and personal m
  • maintenance. A photo gallery of the visit.
  • February 2008, the Final Weeks with Jerry – a photo gallery
  • My Journal Entries during that time

Spreading His Ashes


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.   ~Romans 8:28