Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church in Towner for Adrian Helmer Dokken, 90, who died Wednesday, Sept. 2, in Minot.
Burial with military honors, accorded by the N.D. Military Honors Detail, was in Union Cemetery, Towner.
Adrian was born Aug. 19, 1925, a son of Syvert E. and Clara Elise (Oium) Dokken. He was raised on his parents’ farm north of Towner and attended the Red Cross School #1. He enlisted in the Merchant Marine Service in 1943 and attended the Sheephead Bay Maritime Training School in New York. After graduation he served on various merchant ships that delivered supplies all over the world during and after World War II. After returning home, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict from 1950-53. On Oct. 17, 1954 he married June Locken in Stanley. He worked as a miner in Butte, Mont., in copper mines and oil drilling, and in Towner for the Farmers Union, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Postal Service.
He was a member of several trapping organizations, and he served as a director on the Souris River Telephone Cooperative Board for several years.
He is survived by his wife; children, Wade, Bozeman, Mont.; Lisa Prieto, New York City; five grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Kenner, Devils Lake; Sigrid Medalen, Petersburg, Alaska; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Reinhart and Ernest; sisters, Hjordis Blanchfield and Elizabeth Taylor.
Rev. Linda Wimmer officiated. Music was provided by Corry Kenner and Sharon St. Aubin, pianist.
Casket bearers were Blake, Chad, Drew, Lane, Lee and Seth Dokken, and Bryn and Devyn Dokken-Prieto.
Arrangements by Niewoehner Funeral Home of Rugby.
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