George Robert Eugene Doty, 82, of Beecher City passed away at 10:51 p.m. Wednesday (October 9, 2013) at the Shelby Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday in the United Methodist Church, Beecher City with Rev Paul Bauer officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Beecher City with Masonic rites at 8:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Beecher City Cemetery with military rites. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to be made to the Beecher City Veterans Memorial.
He was born May 20, 1931 in Beecher City the son of Wilson Wayne and Mercy Alta (Tennery) Doty. He married Bonnie Beck December 24, 1954 in Shumway and she preceded him in death March 13, 2006.
He served in the US Army in the Korean War. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and American Legion. He was formerly employed at Oliver Corp in Shelbyville and retired from World Color Press in 1993.
Surviving are daughter, Donna Jean Arnold of Winter Springs, FL; son, Larry Wayne Doty, wife Becky of Beecher City; granddaughters, Brittany Gates, husband Franklin of Palm Coast, FL, Sara Arnold, fiancée Tucker Kirkpatrick of Winter Springs, FL, Ashtyn Mellendorf, husband Nathan of Mason and Ally Anderson, husband Craig of Beecher City; great-grandchildren, Tyler Robert, Landon and Chandler Gates and Kambryn Wayne Mellendorf; sisters, Lois Shull of Glen Carbon and Evelyn Miller, husband Ernie of Plainfield, IN; brothers, Harold Wayne Doty, wife Orda of East Peoria and Richard Doty, wife Jeannie of Beecher City; sister and brother-in-laws, Irby Lapington, Janet Doty, Shelby Strickland, Richard Beck, Dennis Beck, Ronald Beck, Leila Wills and Roger Beck; mother-in-law, Lydia Beck; many beloved nieces and nephews and adopted son, Joe Kemme.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Bonnie, brothers, Dorwin Doty and Nelson Doty, sisters, Lucille Lapington, Mary Alice Tipsword, Ruth Buzzard and Wanda Anderson and several beloved in-laws.
Robert enjoyed the company of family and friends, farming and playing with his antique tractors. He always has a smile on his face and a story to tell. He particularly enjoyed arguing with his buddies and drinking coffee at Gayla’s. He loved and was so proud of his family and did not hold back when “bragging” to anyone that would listen.