LAMAR-Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada for Donald Lee Doolin, 80, Lamar, who died Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at his home in Lamar, after struggling with a long illness of mesothelioma. Dr. Jack Slade and Pastor Dan Doolin will officiate. A private committal service will be held Monday at the National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kan.
Visitation will be held prior to the service, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, in care of the funeral home.
The obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at www.ferryfuneralhome.com.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene, of the home; two daughters, Diane Leininger and husband Greg, Nevada and Debbie Anne Hudson and husband Mike, Milo; a son, Daniel Dudley Doolin and wife Lori, Wapello, Iowa; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Lawrence Doolin; a brother, Wayne Doolin; three sisters, Helen Cavanaugh, Ethel Butterfield and Margaret Harrison; two foster brothers, Paul Wykert and Louis Wykert and a infant great-grandson, Blake Hart.
Mr. Doolin was born April 25, 1933, in Nickerson, Kan., to Frank Emmitt and Beatrice Mae (Renollet) Doolin. He moved to Sheldon with his family in 1936. He attended grade school at the Avolla Country School from grades 1-7 and attended Sheldon High School, graduating in 1951 as class president. He enlisted in the United States Navy on June 19, 1951 and served until he was honorably discharged on June 15, 1955. He was a 2nd Class Petty Officer, serving on the USS Sandoval during the Korean Conflict. Returning home he began work for the Phillips Petroleum Company while working on a research petroleum project in Bellamy and was then transferred to Grant, NM, where he worked in the mining of uranium.
Following his work with Phillips he returned to Sheldon and began work with Lawn Boy in Lamar, then began a life career of working in the maintenance department of the Nevada State Hospital, retiring on Sept. 1, 1993 after a career of 29 years. He was a plumber by trade and ended his work career as maintenance engineer, managing the maintenance staff of the Nevada facility. He also worked for himself and Beeny Brothers Hardware of Sheldon as a resident plumber and sheet metal worker. Following his retirement he moved to Stockton Lake.
He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lamar.
He married Darlene Holland on March 21, 1953, at the Sheldon Baptist Church.