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Docter, John Russell

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 Docter, Johndairy 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.

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#1 Comment By Alan & Patty McCullough On October 23, 2020 @ 9:55 am

Docter Family : I just learned of John’s passing & I am so very sorry to hear. He & my father were best friends. The Docters are good friends of the McCullough family as well. John was always wonderful to me and to my family over the years. He will be truly missed. I’m sure that he & my father-Robert McCullough are in heaven talking about many things! Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers!

#2 Comment By Nancy Burdick, Debbie & Dennis Ransom On October 23, 2020 @ 3:10 pm

Virginia & Family,

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of John, you could not ask for a better friend or neighbor.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
May God wrap you in His loving arms & give you the comfort and support that you all need at this time

#3 Comment By Susan Hamilton On October 24, 2020 @ 9:40 am

John has left us for a better place and I feel for the family left behind. He was a special person who I met through the ASCS (FSA) Office many years ago. He was always a pleasure to wait on, he shared the motorcycle rides and his golfing ventures, and the sad loss of his son. He will be missed by all who knew him. God’s Blessings on you all and keep the memories close. Hugs

#4 Comment By STACIE S KLEMM On October 24, 2020 @ 5:15 pm

Docter family, Our deepest sympathies and most sincere prayers on the passing of John. He will be remembered as a man with a heart to match his stature.

#5 Comment By Jean Maas On October 25, 2020 @ 6:30 pm


My condolences to you and your family. Your dad was a very special man. Always a gentleman. He worked very hard for many years on behalf of our schools.

#6 Comment By The Gruver Family On October 26, 2020 @ 11:44 am

We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing and wish to convey our condolences to all of the family.

#7 Comment By John Milk On October 26, 2020 @ 12:11 pm

Sorry to hear of John Doctor’s passing. I knew him and his family from church . He was a good man. God bless him and his family.

#8 Comment By Ruthie On October 26, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss. Was always nice to see them at the Riverside Inn.

#9 Comment By Mary Lou Dubowski On October 26, 2020 @ 7:15 pm

So sorry to learn of the passing of John. He was a pillar of the Millers Station Church. Pastor Harry always enjoyed visiting with John and talking about farming. Our whole family has fond memories of the Doctor family. I know my son Rob and Dale enjoyed the many exciting adventures they went on; especially cutting down the huge Christmas tree.
John will be missed at Men’s Brotherhood. I’m sure John and Harry are having a great visit in heaven. You are in my thoughts and prayers for comfort and strength.

#10 Comment By Dan Thomas On October 27, 2020 @ 9:46 am

Sorry to hear the passing of John. He was a nice man and a big part of the community . Condolences to the family.

#11 Comment By Curtis & Brenda Bogda On October 28, 2020 @ 9:38 am

We’re so sorry for your loss of John and a true loss to all. He was of such a gentle person with a very special soft spoken unique voice. John had very high qualities of character and a committed sense of volunteering his special abilities. A true man of faith who definitely was a true loving caring husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. To be around John always gave me a sense of calmness and caring for others. He will be missed for his very special personality. May peace be all of the family members and may John rest in peace.

#12 Comment By Kara Kimmy Rollin On October 29, 2020 @ 11:02 am

So sorry to hear of Mr.Docters passing. He was always a good, kind neighbor. You have my deepest sympathies.