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John Dockter

May 3, 1962 — June 30, 2024


John Edward Dockter, 62, Bismarck passed away on June 30, 2024 with his loving family surrounding him at the University of Minnesota.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00AM, Saturday, July 13, at Ascension Catholic Church, 1825 S 3rd St, Bismarck. 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00PM with a prayer service starting at 6:30PM, Friday, July 12 at Parkway Funeral service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck.

John was born in Bismarck on May 3, 1962. He graduated from Bismarck High School in 1980 and received his HVAC Design Degree from Wahpeton College. 

On September 18, 1987, John married Penny (McCormick) in Bismarck. From this union of marriage, they had three children: Justin, Megan and Ethan. 

John was employed by SPS Companies for nearly 32 years as a HVAC manager. SPS was considered a second family to John. He loved everyone he worked with from St. Louis Park, MN to Bismarck.

The most important part of John’s life was his loving wife, greatest children and awesome grandchildren. John loved life, which he worked hard and played hard. His friendships endured throughout his whole life and his positive impact on each one was indelible. He was always willing to help others and opened his home to anyone. John truly never had an enemy, nor did he judge anyone. He was one-in-a-million. His family is going to miss his laugh, jokes and funny one liners. 

John is survived by his wife, Penny; children, Justin Dockter, Megan (Dalton) Emter, Ethan (Kelsey Speidel) Dockter; John’s six grandchildren that were his world: IsaBella, Anthony, Stetson & Remington Emter and Kason & Kelton Dockter; parents, Edward and Diane Dockter; brother, Curt (Andrea) Dockter; mother-in-law, Florence McCormick; in-laws, Carma (Otto) Moe, Patrick (Dorinna Jundt) McCormick, Patricia Perkins, Leroy (Lisa) McCormick, as well as many nieces and nephews that adored him.

He was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents; sister, Pamela; brother, Bruce; grandchild, Shiloh Jade Emter; brothers-in-law, Douglas Perkins and Robert McCormick, sister-in-law, Linda McCormick, as well as several aunts and uncles

We want to thank the radiology department at CHI in Bismarck, the doctors and nurses in Bismarck and University of Minnesota for caring for John for so long.

We would like to make a special thank you to Barry Wagner who never missed a daily call to check on John. 

Luncheon at Tumbleweed in Lincoln, ND following service.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, July 12, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Parkway Funeral and Cremation Service

2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, ND 58503

A prayer service will begin at 6:30PM.

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Saturday, July 13, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Ascension Catholic Church

1825 S 3rd St, Bismarck, ND 58504

There will be a continuation of visitation an hour prior to service.

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