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Melvin Dochterman

d. June 26, 2011


Melvin Russell Dochterman, age 73, of rural Williamstown, MO, died Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Keokuk Area Hospital in Keokuk, IA.

Melvin was born September 11, 1937 near Canton, MO, a son of Russell Thomas and Alma Frances Dust Dochterman.

On June 1, 1958, he was united in marriage to Ella Mae Glisan at Centenary Church near Canton.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Ella Mae of rural Williamstown; his children: Susan A. (Roy) Wade of Bethlehem, PA, John R. Dochterman (Kim Houseman) of Kahoka, M. Jeffrey (Connie) Dochterman of Canton, Kevin R. (Nicki Simone) Dochterman of Kahoka,

and, Kathi J. (Bill) Carnes of Velburg, Germany; fifteen grandchildren: Brandan Wade and Juliana Wade, Ryan (Kim) Dochterman, Erica ( Shane) Durnil, Lane, Shaina (special friend, Aaron Mathies), Nick, Matt, Emily, Danielle, Nikki, and Thomas Dochterman, and, Jessie Mae, Colton, and Devin Carnes; three step grandchildren: Brittany and Hailey Jones and Hannah Hill; four great-grandchildren: Braedan Wade, Wesley Dochterman, and McKenna and Landen Durnil; his aunt, Vanetta Jean Dalton of Kahoka; sisters-in-law, Helen Dochterman, Charlene Dochterman, Kay Dochterman and Nancy Glisan all of Canton, and Connie Glisan of Burlington, IA; as well as many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Devin Dochterman; and brothers and sister: Leland, Carmen, Walter, Calvin and Delores Dochterman.

Melvin was a graduate of Canton High School and in 1956 received the FFA State Plowing Award. He served in the U. S. Army Reserves from 1954-1960.

He farmed his entire life in Lewis and Clark Counties and also was employed by Sheller

Globe for 31 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kahoka. He worked hard his entire life, farming, caring for his cattle and doing other jobs to care for his family. He loved to travel but enjoyed getting back home even more. His family was his greatest blessing.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Kahoka with Brother Bill Hauser officiating. Burial will follow in the Providence Cemetery, rural Williamstown, MO.

Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after 9 a.m. Wednesday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Heartland Resources (Ewing), Clark Co. Food Pantry or the Clark Co. Senior Center.

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