Ron Doebbler, 85, of Port Angeles, WA/Fredericksburg, TX passed away peacefully on Monday, February 1, 2021 in Port Angeles. Ron was born in Fredericksburg, TX to Walter and Viola Doebbler. He was raised in Fredericksburg with four sisters, Florence, Elaine, Marion & Charlette and brother Lewis (Conrad).
After graduation, Ron served in the Army from 1955 -1957. While stationed in Fort Lewis, WA he met Lorraine Charles, whom he married in 1958. They had four children, Vince, Kevin, Pam, & Stephanie, whom they raised in Port Angeles, where they made their home. Ron started working at the Crown Zellerbach paper mill in 1960 and retired from there in 1992 (then named Nippon Paper Mill). His wife Lorraine died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm in January of 1992. At that time Ron moved back to Fredericksburg to spend time with his parents and family. In February 2015, due to medical conditions, he came back to Port Angeles to be close to his adult children, grandchildren & great grandchildren.
On October 1, 2016 he moved into a cabin at Lake Dawn in Port Angeles where Mary Pohl, a caregiver, took care of him. Mary's family, including husband Joe, son Joey and daughters Missy and Hannah, would step in and help take care of Dad when Mary needed help. Mary's little grandson Harvey spent time with Dad too. They played games, stacked blocks and played dominos. They had fun together. The whole family was so loving and caring towards Dad for the last 4 years and 4 months of his life. We were so blessed to have had such quality care by this loving caring family!
Mary would take Dad to participate in the OlyCap ENCORE program 2-3 days a week. This is an Adult Day Center and Arts & Minds Memory Wellness Program where participants enjoyed the company of other senior citizens and participated in physical, cognitive and music exercises. They served lunch to them before they left, (one of dad's favorite activities while there). He loved to eat! We thank Jim Couture, Program Director and Jenieva Vanderwaal for their love and dedication to the participants and running this program.
In his younger days Ron liked to fish and hunt. He was an avid shuffleboard player and played a little pool. He also played dominos; he could sit for hours playing game after game. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ron was known to be a loving, polite generous man.
We would like to thank all the loving and caring people at Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County! They helped for 4+ months to help provide comfort care at the end of Dad's life. We appreciate all the care you provided!
Ron is survived by sisters Elaine Warner of Alvin, TX, Marion Kline of Fredericksburg, TX., brother Lewis (Conrad) Doebbler of Giddings, TX; numerous nieces and nephews in Texas and Washington; daughters Pam Johnson and Stephanie Doebbler (Roy Black III) of Port Angeles; grandkids Bruce (David) Johnson Jr, Melissa Johnson of Port Angeles, and Danielle Sabia (Russell Sabia) of Fredericksburg; great grandkids B.David III, Dion & Dominik Johnson, all of Port Angeles, Elleigh Sabia of Fredericksburg, Amber, Jaidyn & Aurian Johnson, all of Port Angeles, Kayson Johnson of Aberdeen, WA, Joel Doebbler of Elizabethton, TN, & Maddie Barnwell of Powhatan, VA.
He is preceded in death by his parents Walter & Viola Doebbler, wife Lorraine Doebbler, sisters Charlette Deike and Florence Hohenberger, brother Wallace Doebbler and twin brother Donald Doebbler, sons Kevin Doebbler and Vincent Doebbler, grandsons Kristopher Doebbler and Chad Johnson, & great grandson Ashton Johnson.
Due to the COVID restrictions there will be a small private service at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Friday February 19, 2021 and in late June (date to be determined) his ashes will be buried in the Grapetown Cemetery in Fredericksburg, TX.
Published in Peninsula Daily News on Feb. 14, 2021.