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James Dokken, 85

James "Jim" Wallace Dokken, 85, Alexandria, formerly of Albert Lea, passed away on July 1, 2014, after post-surgery complications.

Jim was born November 22, 1928 on the family farm in Kensett, Iowa. He was one of 12 children born to the union of George and Wannie (Elam) Dokken.

Jim was baptized and confirmed at Elk Creek Lutheran Church in Kensett. Jim and Arlis Remakel were married September 14, 1950 at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. They retired to the Alexandria area in the late 1980s and lived on Lake Mary until God called him home.

During Jim's early years, he farmed. His trade was an iron worker.

Jim's absolute joys in life were his family and friends,, hunting, playing his concertina, building things with his hands, mentoring the younger generation, annual trip south to escape the Minnesota winters, and sharing stories about his life adventures.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Sam Dokken and Leslie Dokken; sisters, Mary Klinge and Barbara Dokken; grandson, Douglas Matthew Felt; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Dokken, Vicky Dokken and Donna Dokken; brother-in-law, Ronnie Erickson; and niece, Robin Engelby.

Jim is survived by his wife, Arlis Dokken of Alexandria; Thomas (Becky) Dokken of Alexandria; Sandy (Doug) Felt of Geneva; Randy (Brenda) Dokken of Albert Lea; Linda (Michael) Dokken-McFann of Alexandria; Garry Dokken of Canon City, CO; Jaade (Ronnie) Metcalfe Dokken King of New Richland; and Justin (Gina) Dokken of Canon City, CO; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Hazel Erickson of Alexandria, Juanita (Dutch) Bolinger of Alexandria; brothers, Truman (Donna) Dokken of Blue Eye, MO, Donald (LaVonne) Dokken of Austin, MN, Wilford (Karen) Dokken of Alden, George Dokken of Kensett, IA, Reuben Dokken of Alexandria; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 2 at 1 p.m. at Elk Creek Lutheran Church, 4108 Killdeer Ave., Kensett, IA.

We are blessed to have had him for 85 years. May he find his "honey hole" to fish in heaven.