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Noted agriculturalist, Floyd J. Doering, 90, was reunited in death with his loving wife, Betty on Thursday, April 18th.
Floyd was born in Suamico,Wisconsin on March 5, 1923, son of the late Otto and Barbara (nee Verstoppen) Doering.
On Mar. 5, 1947, Floyd was united in marriage to Betty Schmelter at St. Francis Church in Hollandtown. Betty preceded Floyd in death on May 9, 1995.
As a decorated member of the 3rd Army Brigade, Floyd served in the South Pacific during WWII. After the war, Floyd, graduated from UW-River Falls with a B.S. Degree in Agricultural Education. In 1963, he earned a Master's Degree from UW Madison.
In 1949, Floyd began a 16-year tenure at Wittenberg High School, serving as Ag instructor and FFA advisor. During this time, he greatly expanded the FFA program, and his chapter won five national chapter and numerous state and local awards. Many of his students also served as state FFA officers.
In 1965, Floyd moved to Madison, where he held the position of State Supervisor--Ag education and State FFA advisor until his retirement in 1987. During this time, Floyd was instrumental in establishing both the Wisconsin and National FFA Alumni. He served on the National FFA Alumni Council and was National President in 1980. He was inducted into the national FFA Hall of Fame in 1995 and given the Distinguished Agriculturist Award from UW-River Falls where his picture is displayed on its Wall of Fame.
Other honors include the Distinguished Service to Wisconsin Agriculture Award, the FFA Honorary Farm Degree and V.I.P. Awards from both the national and state FFA Associations, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National FFA Alumni. He was also individually honored by the National FFA at its convention in1987.
Renowned as a public speaker, Floyd interjected humor into his speeches, entertaining audiences in 26 states and almost every community in Wisconsin. He spoke at FFA banquets, commencements, civic organizations, meetings, and conventions. Since 1975 he also published a newsletter, "Floyd's Flack and Fiction," and authored two books.
An avid fisherman, Floyd loved to fish in the Canoe Boundary Waters in northern Minn. He was also an avid gardener.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara (George) Groshek, Eland, and Mary (James) Weber, Racine; seven grandchildren, Amy Groshek, South Milwaukee, Scott Groshek, Mukwonago, Mike (Tonya) Groshek, Weston, Jennifer (Mathew) Zick, Wittenberg, Angela (Ryan) Schultz, Franksville, Shelley (Christopher) Fredrick, McFarland and Christopher Weber, Racine; 11 great-grandchildren, Matthew Boyle, Lauren and Travis Groshek, Boden Groshek, Josh and Caleb Zick, Megan, Natalie, Griffin and Quinn Schultz and Nicholas Fredrick and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Seroogy, Virginia Schmelter, Nancy Titel and Betty Doering. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a special friend, Lorreen Egan.
In addition to his parents and wife, Floyd was preceded in death by two sisters, Viola Huben and Mildred Kamke Thompson; two brothers, Alvin and Robert Doering; his father and mother-in-law, William and Lucille Schmelter; brothers-in-law, John Huben, Walter Kamke, Nels Thompson, William Schmelter, Jr., Robert Schmelter, Marvin Seroogy and Russel Titel and one sister-in-law, Florence Doering.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Holy Family-St. William Catholic Church, Wittenberg. Fr. Patrick Lloyd will officiate. Military Rites will be conducted by the Elderon Memorial Post #8068, VFW following the service. Private entombment will take place in Fort Howard Memorial Park, Green Bay. Visitation will be on Monday from 4pm until 8pm and on Tuesday from 10am until 10:45am all at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg. There will be a Prayer Service at 7:30pm on Monday at the funeral home. The family guestbook and condolences are available at schmidtschulta.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to either the state or local FFA Alumni Association in Floyd's name.
The family wishes to thank both the Homme Home of Wittenberg and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their loving care and support.
Published in Stevens Point Journal on Apr. 20, 2013