Richard Franklin Doyle, 90, of St. Louis, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Glen Carbon.
He was born Jan. 7, 1924, in York, Penn., a son of the late John Henry and Clara Catherine (Blymire) Doyle. He married Eileen Elizabeth (Jacob) Doyle on July 7, 1945, at St. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in South St. Louis and she preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 1983.
He retired from Anheuser Busch after 35 years as an accountant. The United States Army Air Corps veteran proudly served his country during World War II with three years in Alaska. He was 4th Degree and a charter member of the Knights of Columbus in St. Louis. He and his wife enjoyed wine-making and he was a member of the Missouri Wine Making Society. He was a nature enthusiast and loved being outdoors and was a member of the Ozark Fly Fishers Club and a Missouri Conservationist. He enjoyed his years of serving as a Cub Scout Troop leader and being active with the senior citizens’ group in Shrewsbury. He was a model train enthusiast and collector, enjoyed his many travels throughout life and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
He is survived by longtime friend and companion, Gerry Gosik of St. Louis; one daughter, Kathleen (Paul Schuster) Conley of Lindenhurst, Ill.; two sons, Rick (Karen) Doyle of Troy, Ill., and Tom (Linda) Doyle Downers Grove, Ill.; two grandchildren, Timothy Conley and Amy Kaylor; eight great-grandchildren, Natalie, Aidan, Avery, Elise, Kaitlyn, Emma, Madison and Abigail; other extended family and many friends.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Glen Carbon on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Al Allen as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to Greater St. Louis Honor Flight and may be accepted at the funeral home, www.irwinchapel.com.