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Virgil Lee Doyle
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1927
Death: Oct. 8, 2011

Virgil Lee Doyle, age 84, Bakersfield, CA.


Virgil Lee ("Terry") Doyle, recently of Bakersfield CA passed away peacefully at his home with his wife by his side on Saturday October 8th, 2011. A resident of Nevada most of his life, both in Reno and Pahrump, he was born April 11th, 1927, in Collinsville Illinois, was raised in the Chicago area, and was the son of the late Odis and Irene Shannon Doyle. As a teenager, 15, he enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He served proudly on the USS Ocelot, USS Randolph, USS Nashville and was a member of ARGUS Unit #9. This ARGUS unit entered Japan just after the atomic bombs were dropped. He completed WWII in the Navy, then re-enlisted in the Army. In 1948, while travelling from Camp Lee, VA to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Aurora, Colorado by train, he met his future wife Lela Virginia Mercer. Virginia gave him her picture and address. They were married in February of 1949. The picture and address she gave him would remain in his wallet for the next 62 years. After a short time at Fort Ord and the Presidio at San Francisco, he retired from service in 1952. He then enrolled at Cal Poly San Louis Obispo working on a mechanical engineering degree. In 1955, Virginia was pregnant with the first of their three children, prompting him to leave Cal Poly and taking a job with Southern California Edison Company in Visalia, CA. Later, transferred to Lancaster, he settled his family in Leona Valley where the family operated a commercial chicken operation. It was at this farm that the family really learned to work together, bonding in a way that would last all their lives. In 1973, after retiring from Edison as a service planner, the family moved to Reno Nevada where he went into business, opening a tire and alignment shop and later adding U-Haul Rentals. In 1980, during the gas crisis, he made the cover of Newsweek Magazine as the subject of an article by Leon Mandel about the difficulties small businesses were having. After selling his business in 1982 he moved to Pahrump as a consultant for the Valley Electric Association. He built a home in Pahrump. From 2002 till present, he split his time between Nevada and California to be closer to family and medical treatment. It was during this time that he began having heart and kidney problems. He battled kidney failure which eventually required dialysis. During his life, his main focus was his family. He absolutely adored his wife, and was very active in the lives of his children. He was always active in his community, whether helping neighbors, building a little league field, helping the school PTA or as a volunteer fireman. He loved to hike and the family spent many vacations hiking, camping and visiting numerous National and State Parks. He was very close to his children helping them with school projects and eventually with projects at their own homes. He loved to build and repair anything. He and his son started numerous businesses working side by side for over 45 years. He had a very complex mind and was always thinking about new inventions, which ranged from simple to complex methods for renewable power. He always had some idea or project he was working on. In later years he developed a passion for gardening and had an amazing back yard. He was the most wonderful, loving and caring husband and father. He always had the right advice. "Gramps" will be sorely missed both because we loved him so much and because he left numerous projects in various stages of completion. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife of 62 years, Lela Virginia Mercer Doyle; their three children and spouses Michael and Veronika Doyle, Virginia Doyle Schaaf and Alan Schaaf, Judy Doyle Ryan and James Ryan Jr; 11 grandchildren, Kristina Doyle, Leland Doyle, Christina Warne and Michael Doyle, Jennifer, Kircie and Spencer Schaaf, Christopher Ryan and wife Jennifer, Shana Ryan Grove and husband Brian, Danielle Ryan Griffith-Jones and husband Jeff and Maria Ryan; four great grandchildren, Christopher, Payton, Samantha, Stuart and one soon to be born; three sisters and their family members and many, many dear friends. The family would like to thank Davis Rose Funeral Home and Bakersfield National Cemetery. A memorial will be held at Bakersfield National Cemetery, on October 28th, 2011 at 1:15p.m. followed by a reception.

Published in Bakersfield Californian on October 23, 2011.

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  Lela Virginia Mercer Doyle (1928 - 2016)*
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Bakersfield National Cemetery
Kern County
California, USA
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Record added: Oct 23, 2011
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Virgil Lee Doyle
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