Earl Edward Doellman

On Tuesday (Feb. 12, 2013) our Lord called our beloved dad and grandpa, Earl Edward Doellman, home to his everlasting reward in Heaven where he was reunited with his wife, Helen, and son, Christopher, his parents, brothers and sisters.

Earl Edward Doellman, 96, was born Aug. 10, 1916, in Quincy, to Edward H. and Mary E. Winking Doellman. Earl married the love of his life, Helen Virginia Mason, on Feb. 25, 1943, in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Helen died June 21, 1988.

Earl was a carpenter by trade and worked with his father and brother, Ralph, in the family construction business for many years. In January 1952, Earl joined the Quincy Fire Department and rose to the rank of assistant fire chief in 1976. For several years, he was president of the Firefighters Local 63 and played a vital role in reducing the firefighters' work week from 72 hours to the current 54 hours. Earl retired from the department in August 1981.

He served in the U.S. Army with the 341st Engineer Regiment, Company C. In 1943, his regiment worked on the construction of the Alcan Highway connecting Canada to Alaska. Earl served during World War II in both France and Germany, receiving the Purple Heart medal.

Earl was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and upon its closing, St. Francis of Solanus Catholic Church. He was active in the parish SNIE Program, Cursillo and the "Over the Hill Gang," maintaining the various buildings and grounds at All Saints Church.

Earl's family would like to extend a huge thank you to St. Vincent's Home staff for taking such good care of our Dad these past five years.

Surviving relatives include his children, Mary Bastean and her husband, Bernard, James Doellman and his wife, Lynn, Kate Gallagher and her husband, Donald, and David Doellman; grandchildren, Christine (Jeff) Duvall, Donald Gallagher Jr., Tammy (Todd) Dietrich, Dena (Sean) Chandler, Todd (Kim) Bastean, Brian (Jeni) Bastean, Chad (Jamie) Doellman, Chris (Amanda) Doellman, Casey Doellman and Jamie Lynn Doellman; stepgrandchildren, Seth Calkins, Emily (Tyler) Wellman, and Jessie Calkins; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Dorothy Bange; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Helen, and parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Doellman; brothers, Ralph, Edward, Robert and Donald Doellman; and sisters, Helen Grunewald, Margaret and Mary Margaret Doellman.

SERVICES: 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery with military honors.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

MEMORIALS: St. Francis Parish Center Building Fund or St. Vincent's Activity Fund.

ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.

WEBSITE: www.dukerandhaugh.com.

Funeral Home

Duker & Haugh Funeral Home
823 Broadway Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-1011

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, 2013