James Arthur Doyle


Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2007

Former Funter Bay resident James Arthur Doyle, of Coos Bay, Oregon, died Aug. 9, 2007, in North Bend, Ore. He was 85.

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He was born Aug. 3, 1922, in Reedsport, Ore., to Paul O. Doyle and Ethel Hopkins. As a boy, he loved hiking, camping and fishing with his brother in what was then the wilderness around Portland. As a teenager he fought fires all around the state of Oregon and became a crew leader at a very young age.

When war was declared in 1941, he joined the U.S. Navy and fought for his country in the South Pacific, where he witnessed the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. In 1947, he married Virginia Blanche Younker, of Charleston, N.C. Last March, the couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

After the war, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard and served for more than 20 years, living all over the country, until he retired as master chief quarter master, the first enlisted man to achieve that rank.

He retired and moved with his wife to Funter Bay. They lived in this wilderness area enjoying nature, fishing, and gathering weather information for the Federal Aviation Administration for 25 years.

All of his life, he loved the study of history and geography, his family said. He also loved nature and reading. In later years, he enjoyed watching "Jeopardy" and Mariners baseball games.

He was always good for a game of pitch or cribbage, or "win Grandpa's quarters," said his family. He spent his last few years in Coos Bay, surrounded by family and enjoying the view out his window and feeding and watching the local birds.

He is survived by his wife, Blanche Doyle; children, Laurabeth, Paul "Rocky," Wendy Sue and Terry Bob; as well as eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He is loved and will be missed, said his family.

Cremation rites were held Aug. 14 at Ocean View Memory Gardens Crematory in Coos Bay. A private family celebration of life was held Aug. 11 at the family home. At his request, no public service will be held.

Arrangements are under the direction of Coos Bay Chapel.

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