Douglas H. Dunker was born in Perham, MN on July 9, 1930 to Henry "Hank" Dunker and Irene (Wulf) Dunker. The family lived on a farm south of Ottertail City until moving their house to Battle Lake.
Doug attended country school and then Battle Lake Public School. In 1947, before graduating high school, he entered the United States Air Force.
In 1950, while in the Air Force, Doug married Nena Marie Lindsey in Fort Worth, TX and remained with her until her passing in 1973 from Huntington's disease.
During his time in the Air Force, he worked as a radio operator on a B-36 and took part in bombing missions during the Korean conflict. He was assigned to the State Department while stationed in Greece. In 1968, he retired from the military after 21 years of honorable service.
Doug and his best military friend, Royce Flynn, started American Facilities Inspections, Inc, a business inspecting large facilities prior to a purchase, now a standard real estate practice.
Upon retirement from the military, Doug opened 'Dunker Marine' on the opening day of fishing season in 1968. At the time, his business was the main distributorship throughout the region for several brands of boats, including Lund and Glastron. He retired from the marine business in 2000.
During the late 60's and early 70's, Doug had a live radio show from his Dunker Marine business giving up-to-date fishing reports of several lakes in Otter Tail County. He had a love for flying and owned two planes in the 70’s and 80’s.
In 1983, Doug married Shirley Evenson Haukebo. They lived on West Battle Lake in Battle Lake and enjoyed traveling, golfing, dining out, playing cards with friends, and spending time with family.
Doug was a member of the American Legion and the VFW and served as Post commander of both. He was a Shriner, Mason and a member of the Battle Lake Lions.
Doug, age 87, passed away on June 5, 2018 at Prairie Senior Cottages in Alexandria where he lived with his wife, Shirley. He is survived by wife, Shirley; son, Mark; sister, Beverly of St. Paul, MN; grandchildren, Jessica and Laura; great grandchildren, Trevor, Emma and Elizabeth; and numerous nieces and nephews; step-sons, Jeff (Betty), Craig (Reba), and Kevin (April) Haukebo; step-grandchildren, Angie, Beth, Josh, and Derek; and three step-great-grandsons.
Doug was preceded in death by his first wife, Nena; mother, Irene Dunker; father, Henry " Hank" Dunker and brother Maynard "George" Dunker.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, June 11, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake with visitation being held for one hour prior to the service.
Glende-Nilson Funeral Home, Battle Lake
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