Robert Alfred Dockter
1923 ~ 2013
Robert Alfred Dockter, son of John and Emma Mayer Dockter, was born in American Falls, Idaho on February 18, 1923. On September 6, 2013, at the age of 90 years, our Lord and Savior took him home.
Robert was baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit on April 2, 1923 in Pleasant Valley, Idaho by Rev. Albert Blasberg. He confessed his baptismal faith in the Rite of Confirmation on May 16, 1937 with Rev. L. M. Westerkamp officiating at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Rupert of which Robert's father, John Dockter, was a Charter Member.
Robert was the youngest of two brothers and one sister, Albert, John Henry, and Hulda (Kerbs). His father had moved his family from American Falls, Pleasant Valley area in 1925.
Robert was raised in a German Lutheran traditional home. He and his siblings were the first generation in the Dockter family to learn to speak English through the public schools. His parents were both from Russia and came to America after 1903. Robert shared memories of trying to communicate with his first grade teacher, who could not speak German. However, all obstacles and challenges were met and he graduated from Minidoka County High School as Student Body President in 1941.
Robert was joined in holy matrimony to Erna Lorina Plocher on January 14, 1945, by Pastor Adam Lautenschlager. He is survived by his two daughters, Beverly Ann Kendrick (Budd) and JoAnn Kay Hunt (Dexter) both of Boise, Idaho and a son, John Robert Dockter (Lanette) of Rupert, Idaho.
Robert bought a house and 40-acre farm in 1944. He farmed it and in March 1945, three months after he married Erna, he brought his new bride to live there. All the children were raised there, and on September 6th he passed away in that same home.
Robert was active at Trinity Lutheran Church. He was Sunday School Superintendent for 25 years and an elder for 12 years and dedicated himself to service in other various offices within the Church. He was also in the Church Choir.
He was known to play 'by ear' his guitar and harmonica and the family shared togetherness in the "Singing Dockter Family" quartet. Robert sang tenor, John sang bass, JoAnn sang soprano, and Beverly sang alto, while Mom gave encouragement. The family sang for special occasions as well as for family fun.
Besides farming, Robert was employed in a variety of jobs over the years providing for his family. He was employed with the Minidoka County Highway District for 19 years. He was appointed to serve on the Minidoka County Highway District Board in 1992 and was elected Commissioner and later served as Chairman of the Board until 2011. He was with the District for a total of 38 years. He missed only 1 meeting of the 494 Board meetings and he passed 25 Board Resolutions. He was known as a fair and honest man who listened first and, after weighing all the options, based decisions on the best interests of constituents and the District as a whole.
Besides his two daughters and son, Robert leaves behind several grandchildren, Cassandra (Kendrick) Swanson (Cory), Angela (Kendrick) Warlick (Bryan), and two step-grandsons, Matthew and Seth (Debi) Kendrick. Tifni and Jennifer Dockter, Joshua (Nicole) Hanks and Micah (Jenny) Hanks. He has seven great-grandchildren, Jayden, Kelly, Grady, Mason, Maddox, Zoey and Tate. He lost his wife, Erna, in 1998 after 53 years of marriage. A granddaughter, Lisa, passed away in 1980.
He taught us to pray for wisdom and guidance and to meet all obstacles with a quiet strength. "There is always a solution to be found." He gave of himself and shared his love and passion for the Lord. He taught us how to love and to live in God's Love.
Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rupert, with Rev. Bryan Lindemood officiating on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Family and relatives are invited to meet at Hansen's Mortuary at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Lutheran Hour Ministries.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Sept. 18, 2013