Alexander "Alex" Leon Dockstader

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  • Name: Alexander "Alex" Leon Dockstader
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: September 18, 1922
  • Date of Death: April 8, 2008
  • Parents: Harold Dockstader & Cora (Thibault) Dockstader
  • High School and Class: 1941 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: Dunwoody Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Alexander Leon Dockstader
    Race: White
    Age: 19
    Birth Date: September 18, 1922
    Birth Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota
    Residence Place: Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Employer: Danube Mining Company, Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 150
    Height: 6
    Complexion: Dark
    Eye Color: Hazel
    Hair Color: Black
    Other characteristic: Scar on left cheek, wears glasses
    Next of Kin: Harold J. Dockstader

    Alexander Dockstader served in the Army in Europe during WW II, including Normandy and the Battle Bulge.

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – May 7, 1943 – “April 13, 1943: Dear Friends – I wish to thank you for the Bovey Press. I read it over and over to be sure not to miss anything. I also want to thank the Service Men’s Club for the gift. Keep up the good work, as I’m sure all the boys appreciate it. Sincerely, Alex. Dockstader”

    Newspaper article: Bovey Press, Bovey, Minnesota – December 10, 1943 – “Dear Folks: I received your letter last evening and was glad to hear from you. You asked that the T.A. stands for. Well, it is a mistake in my address. It is supposed to be F.A. for Field Artillery. The weather here isn’t so bad now as it has cooled off considerably and rains once in a while. The only trouble is the time it rains is when we are in the field. We spend a lot of time in the field now. I guess I can’t kick too much about our little hardships though, as there are lots of boys having it a lot tougher than I. You wondered where the camp was. Well it is about 50 miles north of Sacramento in Yuba county. I suppose it won’t be long until the nightly card games start in the hotel, if they haven’t already started. Before I close, I would like to thank you and all the rest of the people who write to the boys in service. As ever, Alex Dockstader.”


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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    After discharge from the service, Alexander Dockstader attended the Dunwoody Institute, Minneapolis, MN. He married Doris Lum in 1956 in Clinton, Iowa. The couple moved to Rochester, Minnesota in 1957 where Alex worked for IBM as a model maker in the Development Lab. He was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club, the Southern MN Sportsmen Club, Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever.

    Alex died in Rochester, Minnesota and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Rochester, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughter Susan (Ken) Smith; son, James (Sandy); and four grandchildren.

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