Theodor “Ted” M. Dockter, 81, of Devils Lake, ND formerly of Anamoose, ND, passed away on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Eventide Heartland Care Center in the loving care of his wife and Altru Hospice.
Theodor “Ted” M. Dockter, 81, of Devils Lake, ND formerly of Anamoose, ND, passed away on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Eventide Heartland Care Center in the loving care of his wife and Altru Hospice. Funeral Services for Ted will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Devils Lake with Reverend Lori Broschat officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday at Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Military Honors will be accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post No. 756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team-Air Force. Burial will be in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, ND, on Friday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. Theodor Martin Dockter was born in Anamoose to Martin and Palma (Feil) Dockter on July 23, 1936. He was raised in rural North Dakota, attended high school in Anamoose and graduated in 1955. He enlisted in the United States Air Force on Feb. 6, 1956. Ted’s first assignment, 1956 to 1963, was at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma with the Security Forces. There he met his wife of 59 years, Mary F. “Fran” Latimer, at Frederick, OK. Ted and Fran were united in marriage on Aug. 29, 1958, and had two children, Mark and Dana and three granddaughters Candace, Alyssa and Heather Van Hulle. In 1964, Ted became a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, (AFOSI). As an agent for the AFOSI, he had various assignments including: Oklahoma, Texas, Greenland, Montana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Panama, England and his last assignment before retirement in Washington D.C. Ted received numerous awards and decorations while proudly serving his country for 48 years. In all the various places Ted was assigned, he always found a church through which he and his family could serve their Lord and Savior. He always shared his love and joy of music in many churches throughout his military service. After his retirement from the Air Force in 2004, Ted and Fran moved to Devils Lake where they became members of the First United Methodist Church. Here, as in many other churches, he was asked to take the role of choir director. He always felt that music was a glorious way to express his joy and love to the Lord. “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we died to the Lord; so then, whether we love or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” Romans 14:8. Ted is survived by his wife, Mary F. “Fran” Dockter, Devils Lake; son, Mark (Ellen) Dockter, Aurora, CO; daughter, Dana (Keith) Van Hulle, Kirkland, WA; granddaughters Candace, Alyssa and Heather Van Hulle; his sister, Marlene (Eugene) Ripplinger, McClusky, ND; brother, Dennis “DJ” (Rose) Dockter, Starkweather, ND; sister-in-law, Annette Choate, Austin, TX; brother-in-law, Darryl Betz, Hazen, ND, and many nephews, nieces and also numerous great-nephews and great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lorene Betz; nephew, Eric Choate; great-nephew, Levi Jager; in-laws, James and Irma Latimer and brother-in-law, Chuck Choate.