John E. Dover

March 22, 1945-January 1, 2021

John E. Dover, age 75, of Fairfax, MN passed away Friday, January 1, 2021, at the Fairfax Community Home in Fairfax.

He will be laid to rest at the Buffalo Straw Cemetery, Judith Basin County, Straw, MT.

John E. Dover was born on March 22, 1945, in Lewiston, MT. He was the son of John W. and Martha (Johnson) Dover. John was baptized and confirmed in his faith as a youth. He received his education in Buffalo, MT, and Hobson, MT. He furthered his education at the University of Montana, Bozeman, earning a bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry.

On November 5, 2004, John was united in marriage to Darlene Jacobson on his ranch in Buffalo, MT. John had two children, Jody and Jason, and he became stepdad to Cy (Ryan) Schweiss, Krystal (Zach) Olson, and Sean Kuipers. John and Darlene shared 16 years of marriage.

Law Enforcement was his pride; he was an officer in Silver Lake, Chief of Police in Fairfax for more than 20 years, part time officer in Morgan, Morton, Franklin and Bird Island.

His fun job was working for the treasury department every year at the Minnesota State Fair for more than 20 years.

John enjoyed hunting, spending time at his ranch in Buffalo, MT, reading, his cats, and gardening. He cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

When Darlene could no longer take care of John at home, he became a resident of the Fairfax Community Home and passed away there on Friday, January 1, 2021, at the age of 75. Blessed be his memory.

John is survived by his: wife, Darlene Dover; son, Jason Dover; grandson, Creeden; stepchildren; step grandchildren; sister, Ella (David) Iverson; brothers, Harold Dover and Arthur Dover; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John W. and Martha Dover and daughter, Jody Lee Dover.

Arrangements by Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax, MN. Online obituaries and guest book available at


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