John Russell Docter, 94, of Millers Station, Cambridge Springs, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2020, at his residence after a period of declining health. John was born on October 3, 1926, in Cambridge Springs, the son of the late Laverne Docter and Ethel Juliet Russell Docter. He attended the Rockdale School and graduated from Cambridge Springs High School in 1944. He was a fourth-generation dairy farmer on the Docter dairy farm. On February 14, 1955, he married the former Virginia Hart of Cochranton, and she survives. John served on the Penncrest School Board for over twenty-four years, was a 4-H leader, and was a member/officer of numerous farm organizations. As an avid motorcyclist, he had traveled to forty-nine states and was a life member of the American Motorcycle Association and the Western PA Retreads. He was also a life member of Millers Station United Methodist Church where he had taught Sunday school and was superintendent for many years.
He was preceded in death by son, John Victor Docter on October 16, 1997.
In addition to his wife, Virginia, survivors include daughter-in-law, Kim Docter, of Cambridge Springs and her children: Kristopher Docter of Chicago, Emily Docter of Erie, and Alandis Docter of Kentucky; daughter, Nancy Styer and her husband Peter of Frewsburg, NY, and their children: Morgan Styer of Lansdale, PA, and Jesse Styer of Blairstown, NJ; son, Dale H. Docter and his sons: Blake Docter of Albion and Calvin Docter of Venango; and eight great grandchildren.
A private family service will be held at the convenience of the family at Van Matre Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs with a memorial service to be held at a later date. Interment will be at Millers Station Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Millers Station United Methodist Church.