Douglas H. Dunker – Formerly Battle Lake

Douglas H. Dunker, age 87, passed away at Prairie Senior Cottages in Alexandria June 5, 2018.
Doug was born in Perham, MN July 9, 1930. Parents were Henry “Hank” Dunker and Irene Dunker.
He lived on the family farm south of Ottertail City until the family moved their house into Battle Lake.
In 1947, Doug entered the United States Air Force, retiring after 21 years of honorable service. During his time with the Air Force, Doug worked as a radio operator on a B-36, was part of several bombing missions during the Korean conflict, one of which his plane was shot down and he received several injuries. He was assigned to the State Dept. while stationed in Greece and took part in rescue missions prior to Soviet invasions of some of the smaller Eastern European countries. He also taught Gorilla warfare in the Far East to NATO and CETO countries. In 1960 he became the top enlisted man at Vandenberg AFB and in 1964 he became the top enlisted man at Grand Forks AFB, where he retired in 1968.
He married Nena Maria Lindsey in 1950 in Fort Worth, TX and remained with her until her passing in 1973 from Huntington’s disease. Doug was married to Shirley at the time of his passing. They lived on West Battle Lake in Battle Lake and enjoyed traveling, golfing, dining out, playing cards with friends and spending time with family.
Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Doug opened “Dunker Marine” on the opening day of fishing season in 1968. At one point the business was the main distributorship for several brands of boats including Lund and Glastron throughout the region.
During the winter months for several years, he also sold and serviced several brands of snowmobiles including Evinrude, Polaris, Ski-doo and the dreadful (his own words) Yukon King.
He retired from the marine business in 2000.
He also endeavored into a business “American Facilities Inspections Incorporated” with his friend for many decades, Royce Flynn. The two of them brought the idea of facility inspections to the forefront of the Real Estate industry and is now a standard practice when purchasing large buildings, such as apartment complexes or manufacturing businesses.
During the late 60’s and early 70’s, Doug had a short radio show on the old KBRF radio station out of Fergus Falls. He gave up to date fishing reports of several lakes in Otter Tail County and would receive good tips from those who would bring their catch into the store for him to see. He always included in every show, the phase, “Remember to take a boy or girl fishing with you”.
He had a distinct love for flying, no doubt from his time in the military, and owned two separate planes in the 70’s and 80’s. He could be seen quite often flying around Battle Lake and other areas of the region. His flight companions were mainly his son, Mark and his two dogs, Red and Faith. He often stated he would let the dogs fly when he was tired.
Doug was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was the Post Commander of both. He was a member of the Battle Lake Lions Club, a Shriner for 50 years who loved working the Shrine Circus and he was a Mason.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his son, Mark; a sister, Beverly of St. Paul; grandchildren, Jessica and Laura; three great grandchildren 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; brother ,Maynard “George” Dunker and twin great-granddaughters, Tara and Natasha.
Doug’s funeral was at First Lutheran Church in Battle Lake and his interment at First Lutheran Cemetery Monday, June 11.