Ervin H Dockter, passed away on May 2, 2018. He resided in Devils Lake, ND.
Ervin H Dockter, passed away on May 2, 2018. He resided in Devils Lake, ND. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 7, 2018, at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church in Devils Lake. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery located outside of Mandan on May 8 at 11 a.m. 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-Navy. Ervin was born on a farm near Monango, ND on March 31, 1924. He and his twin brother, Melvin, were the last of 10 children born to Gottlieb and Magdalena (Frigen) Dockter. Ervin was the last surviving member of the family when he passed away peacefully on May 2 while hospitalized at Grand Forks, ND. Ervin spent his childhood in the Monango area graduating from Monango High School in 1942. In 1944, he joined the Navy serving his country during WWII alongside his twin brother. After his discharge in 1946, he attended Ellendale College graduating in 1949. After graduation, Ervin joined the Federal Division of Education for the Department of Interior working for approximately 34 years in various positions and locations until his retirement on Oct. 31, 1983. Ervin married Myrna L. Wallace on March 12, 1949, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Monango. To this union two sons were born, James (Charlotte Keller) who currently reside in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Michael (the late Janel Jablonsky) and special friend, Becky Svangstu, who resides in Minot, ND, he is also survived by eight grandchildren; Jennifer, Jacqueline, Jessica, Jeanine, Kaylee, Kelsey, Julie and Nicholas; by four great-grandchildren; Evan, Abby, Ellie and Avery. Ervin lost his beloved wife of 57 years, Myrna Wallace on Jan. 21, 2007. He missed her terribly over the 11 year span of absence. He was also preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in- law, Janel. Ervin was a lifetime member of the American Legion and VFW. He proudly served as part of the Devils Lake Honor Guard granting final military honors to numerous deceased veterans over 20 plus years. The family requests donations given to the VFW Honor Guard, Devils Lake, in memory of Ervin. Casket Bearers for Doc will be Mike Dockter, Jim Dockter, Jennifer Dockter, Nick Dockter, Jack Nash and Fred Wilson. Honorary Bearers are the VFW Color Guard.