Gary “Doc” K. Docter, 70, of Thornville, died January 15, 2016, at his home.
He was born August 28, 1945, in Lancaster, to Robert and Frances “Betty” (Barclay) Docter. Mr. Docter is survived by his children, Babette (Greg) Wofter of Zanesville, Garrett Docter of Newark and Nicole (Dan) Long of Columbus; grandchildren, Olivia Wofter, Wyatt Docter, Alyssha Carlock and Adalyn Long; and sister, Onilda Price of Burns Flat, Oklahoma. Gary will be missed by his loving companion, Louise Richter; and his loyal dogs, Lady and Cletus. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Bonita Crane; and sister, Carolyn Kiger.
Gary was a 1963 graduate of Lancaster High School and served his country as a marine in the Vietnam War. He owned and operated Alternative Auto and Truck Electric in Thornville, for many years. He was very patriotic and active in the Baltimore VFW Post 3761, and served as past Commander and Quartermaster. He was proud to march in area parades and serve on funeral detail for his fellow veterans.
Becoming a single father at the age of 31, Gary lived and worked for his children. Whether it be serving as the After-Prom Coordinator, attending a wrestling tournament, or hauling the family to Canada and down the east coast on a camping trip, he lived a full life and enjoyed his kids.
A service was held January 19, 2016, at the Frank E. Frank E. Smith Funeral Home, Lancaster. Gary was buried beside his beloved first wife, Bonita (Crane) Docter at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Lancaster. The Baltimore Burial Detail conducted committal service.
Friends wishing to memorialize Mr. Docter may do so by donating to Motts Military Museum, 5075 S Hamilton Rd., Groveport, OH 43125, or the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 231 E Mulberry St, Lancaster, OH 43130. Online condolences can be made at www.funeralhome.com. SEMPER FI