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John Doyle, 91, of Sarasota FL, formerly of Lansing MI, passed away May 18, after a brief illness. John was extremely proud of his family, his Catholic faith, his Naval Aviator career and his Irish heritage. He was born in Lansing to the late James and Josephine Doyle in 1922. He met the 'love of his life', Jean Doyle, in Key West, Florida where both were temporarily stationed in the U.S. Navy. They married in North Carolina thirty days after they first met and that union lasted for 66 years until her death. John was not only a gentleman but a faithful partner to his loving wife Jean and lived happily with her walking the beaches of Florida and golfing. Together they raised five children: Diane (Thomas) Lobsiger, Joanne (Wayne) Sternberg, James (Martha) Doyle, Lawrence (Hilda) Doyle, Maureen Doyle (Jerry Reynolds, deceased) (Bob Heiob), 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Survivors include his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and loving sister Frances Klier, and many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his wife Jean, sister Irene, nephews John Doyle Klier and Frank Doyle. John found great comfort with his lifetime devotion to his Catholic faith at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Sarasota, FL attending daily Mass into his 90's and serving as an usher at St. Mary's Cathedral in Lansing, MI. He loved to sing and could be heard even above the choir at most Masses. During WWII John enlisted in the Navy and became a pilot, flying PBY's (sub-chasers). He was assigned to the Asian-Pacific Theater and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. An additional Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal were added for his efforts during the Korean War. He was awarded an additional 11 medals and commendations throughout his Naval career. He retired from the Naval Reserve as a Commander. In retirement, he wore an American flag pin every day. After his Naval service, John became the Executive Director for the Michigan State Employees Association and he was a tireless advocate for all employees. A Mass will be said on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 10:00AM at St Mary's Cathedral in Lansing, MI. Family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the Mass. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lansing with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Old Newsboys of Lansing,www.lansingoldnewsboys.org or the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Published in Lansing State Journal on June 8, 2014