2016-01-14 / Obituaries

Tim ‘Doc’ Dockry


Tim Dockry Tim Dockry Tim Dockry, 56, of St. Ignace, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016, with his wife, Melissa, by his side. Athletic, active, and inquisitive, Mr. Dockry spent much of his life searching and traveling, eventually settling at Mackinac Island, where he was known for the popular business he established, Doc’s House of Magic.

He was born April 26, 1959, to Robert and Marlene Dockry in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Growing up in Green Bay, Mr. Dockry was class president of his graduating class of 1977 at East High School. As a young man, he participated in baseball, football, and golf, lettering at East High. He was active in his congregation at Grace Lutheran Church, becoming a National Youth Leader traveling to Washington, D.C. as a member of Lutheran Youth Congress. It was this early experience that led Mr. Dockry to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he earned a Philosophy and Religion degree in 1982. While at St. Olaf, he discovered the joy of his life: travel. Signing up for a global semester, he traveled to five continents and 15 countries over six months. He climbed the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, motorcycled the Himalayas in Tibet, swam in the Bay of Bengal in India, visited ancient gardens in Japan, and reveled in the cultures he experienced. He enjoyed soaking up the customs and felt profoundly moved by the people he met. He never lost that abiding love for his fellow man, no matter where they were from.

Mr. Dockry taught himself guitar, and possessing a beautiful voice and a natural talent, he would go on to perform for several years.

It was during his summers in college that he first ventured to Mackinac Island for work. He fell in love with his surroundings, dreaming to one day own a business of his own on the Island. Full of wanderlust, Mr. Dockry spent the next 15 years traveling the United States, living and working in many states, including a ski resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, a golf resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina, a camp in Washington, a tropical resort in Key West, Florida, a restaurant in Tucson, Arizona, and a summer resort in Block Island, Maine. The common thread through all of these stops was the friendships he forged. To his friends, Mr. Dockry was a larger-than-life character. Nobody who ever met him forgot him, for he never failed to leave behind part of his big heart and his ready smile wrapped in a big hug.

In 1997, he returned to Mackinac Island, and in 2005, he realized his dream when he opened Doc’s House of Magic, which captured the attention of visiting tourists and was embraced by the community. Mr. Dockry became the de facto ambassador of children who crowded his shop with their inquisitiveness, curiosity, and joy at the big man who would perform magic before their wondering eyes. He said himself that his greatest legacy will be all those kids whose lives he touched.

Mr. Dockry’s greatest trick, though, was meeting Melissa Styes on the Island and marrying her in 2006. They resided in St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. An avid outdoorsman, he embraced being a “Yooper.” Mr. Dockry loved to hunt and fish throughout the year and golf and ride his motorcycle in the summer. He enjoyed cheering mightily for his Green Bay Packers and his St. Ignace Saints. He will be missed by hundreds whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Dockry; his mother, Marlene Dockry; four sisters and their families, Diane and Pat Ford, Cindy and Dennis Butterfield, Kathy and Joe Bartel, and Judy and Gary Franz; three brothers and their families, Chris and Gail Dockry, Dan and Melisa Dockry, and Drew Dockry; his wife’s mother, Cindi (nee Brown) Styes; two brothers-in-law and their families, John and Jamie Styes and George and Mandy Styes, and nieces and nephews, Melissa and John Ford-Greathouse, Christy Ford, Joe Butterfield, Erin Butterfield, Ashley Dockry, Shawn Dockry, Sarah and Paul Bagstad, Heidi and John Lomprey, Nick Dockry, Max Franz, Sam Franz, Kenzi Franz, Addy Franz, Satchel Dockry, Sequoyah Dockry, Cecilia Dockry, Taylor Styes, Jack Styes, Charlee Styes, Brett Bufford, Jourdan Bufford, Riley Styes, Caleb Styes, and Jacob Styes.

Services were Saturday, January 9, at 1 p.m., at Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace with Pastor Mike Lane officiating. Visitation was from 11 a.m. to time of the service at Little Bear.

Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery later this spring.

C.S. Mulder Funeral Home in Sault Ste. Marie assisted the family with arrangements.

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