John M. Dockery

John M. Dockery

August 22, 1946 – September 30, 2021

The family will receive friends on Monday, October 4th from 5pm to 7pm at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 3601 N. 65th St., with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, October 5th at 11am, St. Bernard Catholic Church.  Interment: Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Bernard Catholic Church.

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John Martin Dockery was born to Barbara and James Dockery in Davenport, Iowa on August 22, 1946.  He was the third oldest of their 13 children.  John was educated at St. Paul the Apostle Grammar School and Assumption High School.  He furthered his education at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, graduating in 1968.  It was there that he met his wife, Christine Huebner, and they were married on September 6, 1969. 

John was a born salesman with his friendly personality and love of people and family.  He began his post-college days selling for Oscar Mayer in Madison, Wisconsin, and was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska, in January of 1970.  After Oscar Mayer, he sold for Xerox and Mass Mutual Life Insurance.  John served in the Army Reserves for six years. 

John started an interest in medical sales representing Scaletronics, Stryker and many other medical companies.  He started his own distributorship and incorporated in 1985 as Master Medics, INC. in Omaha and Lincoln.  He used “Master” in the business name, giving credit to God for his success.  This was an example of how he lived his faith. 

He had a great respect for the sanctity of life and was a witness of this devotion by praying every Saturday morning outside the abortion clinic.  His prayers were always of love and support for mothers and their unborn. 

John’s most important interest and love was his Catholic faith.  He and Chris raised five children, passing on their faith to them.  They have been parishioners of St. Bernard Catholic Church for 51 years.  John served as a Eucharistic Minister at the parish and was dedicated to parish life.  After he retired, John altar-served at Daily Mass until his pancreatic cancer diagnosis on March 20, 2020.  He saw his cancer as a great blessing and began every rosary with a petition of thanksgiving for his cancer. 

John was preceded in death by parents, James and Barbara Dockery; in-laws, Frank and Margaret Huebner; brother-in-law, Frank Huebner III.  Survived by wife of 52 years, Chris Dockery; four daughters: Amy and Daniel Fields, Katie and Joe Burns, Maggie and Jason Ek, Karen and Jeff Schwan; and son, David Dockery; 12 grandchildren: Jacob and Gabriel Fields; Henry, Franny and Jack Burns; Wyatt, Shealie and Trevor Ek; Joelle, Scott, Tom and Sam Schwan; six sisters, Eileen and John Pappas; Mary and Greg Huebner; Marcy Dockery; Anne Marie Dockery; Catherine Dockery; and Liz and Paul Pesci; six brothers: Jim and Linda Dockery; Mike and Tricia Dockery; Joe and MaryLynne Dockery; Tom and Jasmine Dockery; Peter and Bridget Dockery; and Steve and Jill Dockery; sister-in-law, Karen and Gene Federhofer; 18 nieces; 17 nephews; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. 

John was a faithful husband, father, and friend.  He was a witness to his faith until the end, as he died with the image of the Divine Mercy Jesus at his feet.



  • Jamie m erdman Posted October 1, 2021 10:21 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go to all of you. John was a great man, so many great memories. We love you all

  • Josie R. Fields Posted October 2, 2021 5:31 am

    Sending my deepest sympathies and love to all the family.

  • Bob and Maureen Cooney Posted October 2, 2021 8:29 am

    John was an inspiration to us His love for his family and friends was only exceeded by his love for God Our lives were touched an enriched by his friendship. May the angels lead him to the throne of God where he will rejoice forever. We are better people because of John. May God give peace to Chris and their kids and all of this beautiful family

  • Randall L Sulhoff Posted October 2, 2021 2:00 pm

    John may have passed on, but his love and legacy will live forever. He had a positive influence on the lives
    in his business, his family, friends and his community. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

  • John & Nancy Bell Posted October 2, 2021 4:42 pm

    Eternal rest grant unto John D, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon his face..
    May the soul of John and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
    Our sympathies and prayers go out to John’s family. He is truly a man to look-up to and his love endures forver.

  • Teresa Weber Posted October 4, 2021 6:19 am

    My thoughts to all of you! I loved your parents when they were at Palmer Hills, I was their housekeeper and server. I think of them often when I look in dining room.
    Thinking of all of you!

  • Bridget and Rich Robbins Posted October 4, 2021 10:45 am

    Sending our deepest sympathies to the entire Dockery family. You are all in our prayers.

  • Gerry Odean Posted October 4, 2021 11:00 am

    Our sincere condolences to the Dockery family. From your second Cousin, Gerry and Tana Odean

  • Kathleen Connell Posted October 4, 2021 2:04 pm

    Prayers, Cathy, for you and your family.

  • Ruth Connell Posted October 4, 2021 4:28 pm

    Blessings to all of John’s family. May all of your wonderful memories keep him with you every day.

  • Steve and Lois Mahowald Posted October 5, 2021 9:07 am

    We are having the Latin Mass offered for the repose of Johns’ soul at Immaculate Conception church, 24th and Bancroft.May his soul Rest In Peace! We thank God for Johns’ witness to the One, Holy, Catholic, Faith!
    Know that Our Blessed Mother loves you all and She, like no one else, can bring comfort in this difficult time. Give thanks to Her and draw close to Her Immaculate Heart!

  • Lindsay and Walt Huurman Posted October 5, 2021 12:23 pm

    Our Thoughts and sincere prayers re forwarded to all the Dockery family at this difficult time.
    John was a shining example of the Blessed people one runs into during one’s lifetime. May we
    all follow in his shadow as we strive to emulate his goodness.

  • Annie Johnson Posted October 5, 2021 12:26 pm

    Dear Cathy and family – sending prayers to you for respite from your sadness in the loss of John.

  • LuAnn Dockery Posted October 7, 2021 7:35 pm

    Sending all my love to your family……I am sending my heartfelt condolences to you Chris, and have always loved you both for making me feel part of the Dockery family, always! I love you and will continue to pray for the Dockery’s et al. Miss all of you and hope to see one another soon. Xo!, LuAnn

  • David Haberman Posted October 18, 2021 9:08 pm

    My prayers for John and you, his loved ones, will continue,

  • Doug and Deb Mort Posted December 2, 2021 6:39 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers 🙏, John was a great man and our best landlord of all time!!

  • Larry Teuber MD Posted January 23, 2024 2:49 pm

    An overwhelming loss. My deepest sympathies. John and I worked together for many years in the early 90s. He is a treasure lost .

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