Maynard Clifford Docken, 95, of Hallock, Minn., passed away at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.
Maynard was born on July 31, 1924, in Juneberry, Roseau County, Minn., the son of John and Tilda Docken. He attended grade school at Juneberry Country School. Maynard was the youngest of four children. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was 7 and he and his siblings were raised by grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Maynard served in the United States Army as a private from Jan. 27, 1949, to Feb. 11, 1950, in Allied-Occupied Japan. On Jan. 12, 1953, he married the love of his life, Louise Gooselaw. Together they taught their nine children kindness, unconditional love, the importance of faith and a good work ethic. Maynard worked in the grain elevator business for 28 years until he retired in 1994. He was a member of the St. Patrick’s Church of Hallock and was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 3828 in Kennedy, Minn.
Maynard enjoyed reading and spending time on his gun hobby, which included restoring and rebuilding guns, and reloading ammunition. His knowledge of firearms was astounding and he would light up when taking friends and family out for a quick shooting lesson, especially his grandchildren. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were of great importance to him.
Maynard is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Louise Docken; his children, Patrice (Dale) Wavra, Shelly (Denis) Dorion, Mary (Kelly) LeTexier, Marlene (Kevin) Riley, Margaret Williams, Laura Docken, Michael (Trisha) Docken, Teresa (Dean) Halvorson, Christopher Docken; 20 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
Maynard was preceded in death by his father and mother, John and Tilda Docken; brother, John, and sisters, Hazel and Mildred.
Maynard was a humble, honest and gentle man, and was always interested in what you had to say. His family is so grateful for the life he shared with them – one filled with love, endless commitment to family and a strong faith in God. We will miss him every day, but find comfort in knowing he is eternally at peace in Heaven.
Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at 2 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Hallock. Interment will be in St. Vincent Cemetery, St. Vincent, Minn. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service.