Howard Doyle Jr.

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Howard Doyle, Jr.

Oct. 27, 1926

Aug. 15, 2013

Howard Doyle, Jr. passed into eternal life on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from a brain tumor and multiple health issues. He will be deeply missed by his family who dearly loved him. Howard was born in Reno on October 27, 1926 in the house at 333 Arlington Avenue which is still there. Howard met his wife, Norma, in 1940 when her family moved across the street from his family on Humboldt Street. Norma and Howard were married November 1, 1947 and would have celebrated their 64th anniversary in 2011, the year she passed away.

After living downtown, Howard's family moved to the Doyle Ranch on South Virginia which extended from Crummer Lane to Kietzke Lane and ended north at Hash Lane (S. McCarran). He went to school at Anderson Elementary when it was a one room school, then to Billinghurst, and Reno High School when it was on West Street. He also attended two years of college at the University of Nevada.

From 1941-1943, Howard worked on his father's ranch in Tuscarora, Nevada, the Quarter Circle S Ranch. He and Kenny York worked on the ranch during the summers and had fond memories of their times fixing fences, mowing hay, and herding cattle. His father later sold his ranch to Bing Crosby and purchased Bing's Humboldt Ranch.

A few years after serving as a Merchant Marine in World War II, Howard worked at KOLO Radio selling advertising where he met and worked with Gene McKenna. In 1955, Gene and Howard started Doyle and McKenna Advertising Agency which became one of the largest in the Reno area. Their clients included the Sparks Nugget, Model Dairy, 7-Up Bottling Company, Ray Heating, and First National Bank. Howard retired from advertising in the 80s and started Holiday Signs which he was still doing at the time of his death.

Howard is preceded in death by his wife, Norma; parents, Willa and Howard Doyle, Sr.; sisters Ruth "Ooee" Leggett, Dariel Doyle, and Shirley Doyle; brother Burnell Doyle and his son, Mike Doyle. Howard is survived by his son, Greg Doyle (Lisa) of Danville, California, daughter Gail Doyle of Reno; grandchildren: Jeff DeGiovanni, Felicia Lopez, Jesse Lopez, and Sydney Doyle; nieces: Linda Leggett Galloway, Reverend Liesa Leggett Garcia and Aileen Conradt Rustad; nephews: Jan Leggett and Robert Conradt, and many loving cousins.

The family wants to thank the staff at Life Care Center and St. Mary's Home Health, family, neighbors, and friends for their kindness and support.

Arrangements are being made by Walton Funeral Home and at Howard's request, there will be no funeral.


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Reno, NV 89505
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Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Aug. 21 to Aug. 25, 2013
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