William H. "Bill" Doyle of Peckville died Monday at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center in Scranton of Parkinson's-related illness. His wife of nearly 60 years is Lillian M. Doyle, formerly Lillian M. Sershen, of Archbald. His four children are William R. Doyle and partner, G. Dennis Wingard, Atlanta, Ga.; Bruce A. Doyle and wife, Sharon A. Doyle, Greenfield Township; Barry G. Doyle and wife, Lisa M. Doyle, Jermyn; and Saundra J. Murtland and husband, John E. Murtland Jr., Exton. He has five grandchildren, (the late) Kelli M. Doyle, Jenna M. Doyle, April N. Doyle, Kyle J. Doyle and Tori M. Doyle. He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Doyle; his father, Harry Doyle; and his brother, Harrison Doyle.
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Bill graduated from Olyphant High School in 1948 and served in the Army from 1948-1950. He joined the active reserves in 1950 and served in the Korean War from 1950-1951. He was past commander of the Hricak-McAndrew American Legion Post #869 in Archbald and a life member of the Shopa-Davey VFW Post #6082 in Peckville. A devoted member of the Masonic Lodge, he was a 60-year member and past Master of Kingsbury Lodge #466 in Olyphant and was also head of the school of instruction and hall association for many years. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite and a former member of the Shriners. He was an active member of Blakely Baptist Church in Blakely for more than 40 years.
Bill was a hard-working, fun-loving man and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He deeply loved his family and cherished family dinners and picnics, serving as grill master and games wrangler. Known for his outgoing personality, he often volunteered his spare time to his lodge and church. Athletic and energetic, he enjoyed a good round of golf, traveling the country with his wife, and watching Penn State and Steelers football.
The funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Robert E. Decker Funeral Home, 702 River St., Peckville, with services following at Valley View Memorial Park Cemetery in Jermyn. Relatives and friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. A Masonic service will held at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Blakely Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 201 Main St., Blakely, PA 18447. Bill's family would like to thank all the staff at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center more especially the staff on the first and second floors for their wonderful care.
Published in Scranton Times on June 11, 2014