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Robert E. Doell

Bob Doell, 88, passed away surrounded by family on November 27, 2013 at his home in Rolling Hills Estates. He was born July 19, 1925 and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He joined the Navy under the wartime V-12 program and was commissioned a Navy Ensign at age 19 at Northwestern University in Chicago. His sea-going career began in the amphibious service in Little Creek, VA where he met Peggy Van Reeth, the love of his life, in Norfolk. They married in December 1946. His sea duty concluded after three years aboard the battleship USS Missouri. Upon receiving orders for flight training the young family moved to Pensacola, Florida. After receiving his wings in Corpus Christi, Texas his career transitioned to wartime, flying patrol missions over Korea from Iwakuni, Japan. At war's conclusion, he had various duties from flight instructor in Pensacola to two years in Kodiak, Alaska. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1965 as a Lt. Commander and began civilian life at the United Air Lines Training Center in Denver. Seven years later found him moving to Continental Air Lines Training Center in Los Angeles where he retired in 1985. Bob loved to travel, especially to Hawaii, and to follow Dixieland Jazz Festivals around the country. When home he enjoyed tennis, chess, poker, and loved to dance! He was pre-deceased by his beloved son, Dr. Michael Doell of Colorado Springs; and his only brother, Walter Doell of New Orleans, LA. He is survived by Peggy, his wife of sixty-seven years; son, Patrick (Linda) Doell, in Honolulu; daughter, Sue (Margaret) Doell in San Pedro; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Doell in Colorado Springs; and proud grampa of Chelsey, Ryan, and twins Molly and Cameron Doell, and niece Cheryl Van Reeth of Reno, nephew Dwight Van Reeth of Ashland, Oregon, niece Debbie Gilbert of Broad Run, VA and niece Pamela O'Malley of New Orleans. This was no ordinary life. This was a life well-lived and well-loved, a life that will be deeply missed. The family thanks the Hospice Team from Torrance Memorial Medical Center for their kindness and care. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 4, 2014
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