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James Dokken, 86

Dr. James Hetherington Dokken, age 86, of Windom, formerly of Cokato, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at the Windom Area Hospital with his family by his side.

He was born May 4, 1923, to Elmer and Altha (Hetherington) Dokken in St. Paul. When Jim was a young boy, the family moved to Cokato, where he graduated from Cokato High School in 1940.

After graduating, Jim received his certificate of mortuary science and became a licensed funeral director.

In 1943, Jim enlisted with the Navy and was a medical corpsman. He then attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a medical degree in 1953.

Jim was united in marriage to Leora “Tory” Easton March 18, 1950, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. This marriage was blessed with four children, Paul, Jane, Ann, and Mary.

They first lived in Minneapolis, and moved to Windom July 1, 1953. Jim began a family practice at the Windom Medical Clinic, and continued in later years at the Mountain Lake Clinic, retiring in 1991.

Tory passed away June 24, 1999. Jim continued living in Windom, where he was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd since 1953, involved in vestry and as a senior warden for many years.

He was also on the library board, First National Bank board, preceptor for the University of Minnesota, past president of Southwestern Minnesota Medical School, as well as several other boards and activities.

Jim received the Mayor’s Medal of Honor in 2006, for human services.

A talented woodworker and also a wonderful cook, Jim treasured many years of duck hunting with family and friends at Pin Tail Point. He had a passion for American history and the practice of medicine.

Jim loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. In recent years, he especially enjoyed reading to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jim is survived by three children, Paul Dokken and his wife, Rene, of Harrisburg, SD; Ann Meier of Sioux Falls, SD; and Mary Norland and her husband, Larry, of Zimmerman; seven grandchildren, Gretchen Sterling, Heidi Bandy, Ben Staerk, Jake Meier, Leah Lair, Greg Meier and Samuel Norland; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kayo Dokken and his wife, Bunca, of Vancouver, WA, and Ralph Dokken and his wife, Darlene, of Denver, CO; a sister, Nancy Mills of Charleston, SC; and several other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Jane.

The funeral service took place Saturday, March 27 at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Windom.

Arrangements were by the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom.