Home » Obituaries » Recent Articles:

Vernon Roland Smith was known for his fix-it skills

September 14, 2014 Local, Obituaries Comments Off on Vernon Roland Smith was known for his fix-it skills
Vernon Roland Smith

Vernon Roland Smith, 72, passed away at his home in Vancouver, Washington on August 21, 2014 due to complications of lung cancer.

He was born February 17, 1942 to Della and Roland Smith in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Portland’s Jefferson High School, attended Vancouver, Washington’s Clark College, and served in the U.S. Air Force.

He retired as a computer and photo technician.

Vernon was a member of the Hoodview Amateur Radio Club and Clark County Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA). He loved photography, computers, travel, ham radio, and was known for his impressive fix-it skills.

“Vernon could repair anything and had a wonderful smile and sparkling eyes.”

Vernon Smith fixes everything

Vernon Smith fixes everything

Vernon is survived by his wife, Diane; sisters, Carolyn Neimeyer – treasurer of the Oregon Washington Idaho Chapter of the Doane Family Association of America, Inc., and Mollie Loving – a former board member, as well; two step-children; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Vernon Smith was preceded in death by his parents.

Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel handled the private memorial service.

Columbian Obit

Centenarian Dorothy Doan Baker celebrated for her many “firsts”

September 7, 2014 National, Obituaries Comments Off on Centenarian Dorothy Doan Baker celebrated for her many “firsts”
Dorothy Doan Baker

Dorothy Doan Baker was born September 1, 1912, in Jersey City, NJ and died May 25, 2014 in New York at age 101.

Baker graduated in 1934 from Barnard College with a B.A. She completed her M.S degree from the University of Rochester where she met her husband John H. Baker, Sr. As a science teacher at West Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY she developed the state’s first environmental science curriculum.

Dorothy had other firsts.

She was the first female president and first President Emerita of the Doane Family Association of America, Inc. She was one of the first volunteers at the Strong National Museum of Play. She was an adopter of technology and was the first Centenarian in her neighborhood to be an avid iPad user which showcased her continuing mental acuity.  She was also a 30-year veteran with the New York State VITA tax program for seniors.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John H. Baker, Sr., and survived by three sons: John H. Jr. (JoAnn), Donald D., and Robert K. (Vincent Yacobellis), grandchildren: Jennifer Stahmer (Richard), Todd (Erin), and Allison Kozoll (Rory), and great grandchildren: Abigale, Matthew, Emerson, Andrew, and Jack. She is also survived by “special son” Sven Wennhall and his family in Sweden.

Besides traveling to many Doane family biennial reunions, Dorothy Baker was an extensive world traveler.

A Memorial Service celebrating her life was held on Friday, May 30, 2014 at the Episcopal Church of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene, 17 S. Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY 14614.

She served as a trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. Donations in Dorothy Doan Baker’s honor can be made to the Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene – Baker Altar Fund, 17 S. Fitzhugh St. Rochester, NY 14614.

Legacy.com: www.legacy.com/DorothyDoanBaker

University of Rochester: In Memoriam

Episcopal Archives: Dorothy says, kids need fun


Historian Katherine K. Blair leaves a legacy of Doane family research

September 1, 2014 National, Obituaries Comments Off on Historian Katherine K. Blair leaves a legacy of Doane family research
Katherine K. Blair at a Doane family reunion 2006.

Katherine K. Blair died Monday, March 11, 2014 at her home in Sterling, VA at the age of 83.

She served as the Doane Family Association national historian/genealogist for several years. A virtual encyclopedia of knowledge, Blair had phenomenal insight regarding all branches of the Doane/Doan family who are descendants of Deacon John Doane who settled on Cape Cod in the 17th century.

Katherine K. Blair, wife of the late Albert Blair, was surrounded by her family when she passed and is survived by her sons A. Scott (Pamela) Blair, John D. Blair and his fiancé Winnie B.

In addition to being the national historian for the Doane Family, Katherine Blair was a retired college professor who obtained several degrees. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was actively involved with the American Kennel Club as well as the Federation of Dog Owners and Breeders. She was instrumental in the legislation that protects dog owners and breeders and for her contributions to the Cocker Spaniel breed and all dogs, the Capital City Cocker Club [pdf] dedicated their May 16, 2014 event to her memory.  Blair leaves behind her beloved four legged kids, Tama and Buttons.

Throughout her volunteer work with the family, she assisted the members of the Doane Family Association of America, Inc (DFA)  in completing their lineages, and also helped would-be members prove their connections to the larger Doane family. She was a regular attendee of the biennial reunions, setting up her DFA genealogy committee in a specially designated reference room to aid reunion attendees in their research. Blair also oversaw the publication of The Doane Family tomes, Volume II, III and was working on IV at the time of her death.

Kay Blair documents Doane misadventures

Kay Blair documents Doane misadventures

Katherine, or Kay as she was known to most Doanes, was the clearing house for all Doane Family Association records, and had a vast archive on the Doane family in her home. Current president of the association, Kenneth M. Doane, traveled to Virginia to honor and preserve her immense collection. With the help of Blair’s son the archive was organized and packed, then transported to Doane College by Kenneth M. Doane where the records currently reside.

Kay Blair’s efforts at accuracy were as well-known as her sense of humor. She was known to jab fun at the expense of her fellow Doanes by documenting their misadventures at the biennial reunions, including tracking the number of reunion attendees who had been locked out of their accommodations.

Katherine K. Blair’s funeral service was handled by Adams-Green Funeral Home, Herndon, VA and held at Sterling United Methodist Church, 304 E. Church Road, Sterling, VA on Saturday, March 15, 2014. She is buried at Sterling Cemetery.

Contributions in Katherine Blair’s honor may be made to Guiding Eyes For The Blind, www.guidingeyes.org.

Legacy.com: www.legacy.com/KatherineKBlair

Adams Green: book of memories

Farewell to Ted H. Doane

February 22, 2014 Blog, Obituaries Comments
Ted Doane feature

Ted H. Doane was born May 12, 1930, on the family farm near Fairview, Okla. to Harry and Clarella (Odell) Doane. He passed away surrounded by his loved ones Feb. 18, 2014, at the age of 83.

In 1948 Ted Doane graduated high school in Fairview, Okla., graduated in 1952 from Oklahoma A&M, known today as Oklahoma State University–Stillwater, and went on to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. from Kansas State University. From 1953-1955 he served in the United States Army.

He married Alice Lee Watt July 18, 1954.

In 1955 he began his education career with the University of Nebraska in Dawson County as assistant county agent. In 1956 he joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Department and was known as a favorite teacher training other teachers who eventually taught his grandchildren.

In 1964, Professor Doane and his family spent two years at Ataturk University in Turkey and in 1975 spent two years at Kabul University in Afghanistan lending their expertise to university teaching and extension programs. They’ve led student study tours to Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, and many more countries.

In 1967 when the winter 12 weeks Japanese Agricultural Training Program began on the University of Nebraska East Campus Doane was their lead teacher and continued until 1972.

He had retired from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1966, but returned to the agricultural program in 1997 and stayed for a decade as professor and then program coordinator.

Ted Doane was remembered by former graduate student Mark Roberson for his “humor, generosity and kindness.” Karol Fike called him a mentor and friend, “He was always so kind and helpful and pleasantly ornery.” Several people, including Marie and Bob Lehfeldt, enjoyed Ted’s friendliness at the MAKE IT WITH WOOL national convention.

Throughout his career he taught over 10,000 students and advised nearly 1,200. Each year through the Doane Undergraduate Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Ted and his wife Alice helped an animal science student.

For 20 years he served as a 4-H club leader and for more than 30 years worked with youth in 4-H and FFA at county and state fairs where he served as superintendent for the Ak-Sar-Ben 4-H Sheep Show and the Nebraska State Fair Sheep Show.

One of his daughter’s friends posted online, “The world lost an incredible man. I smiled as I recalled the numerous hours spent with Amy asking each other’s dads for money at the State Fair so we could sneak away and ride rides. Something tells me our dads knew for years what we were doing and played right along,” Diane Taylor Walter.

Tom Dawson remembered fishing in Minnesota with Ted Doane, “and our lively discussions at the picnic table.”  In addition to outdoor hobbies, Ted Doane was an active contributor to numerous university committees, adviser for Block and Bridle Club, Nebraska Registered Sheep Association, as well as a member of the First United Methodist Church in Waverly, the  American Legion, the Waverly Grange and Master of the Nebraska State Grange.

Tom Baumann, Elections Board Coordinator acknowledge Ted Doane’s years of service. Gary Nelson from Nebraska Children’s Home Society acknowledged Ted Doane’s contributions to their work.

Most of all I will remember Ted the gentle human always ready to help. You have left a hole in all our lives,” Tom Dawson.

Ted’s honors include: the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Distinguished Teaching Award, the Parents of Student Teaching Award-four times, the Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award of Merit, the LK Crowe Outstanding Student Advisor Award, the Walnut Grove Livestock Service Award, The National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Fellow Award, the CASNR Alumni Association Legacy Award, the UNL Alumni Association’s Doc Elliot Award, and the Award of Merit from the Nebraska Agriculture Youth Council, and in April 2013, Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement honoree.

Ted H. Doane, May 12, 1930 - February 18, 2014

Ted H. Doane,
May 12, 1930 – February 18, 2014

Survivors include his wife, Alice; daughters and spouses, Bonnie and Mark Lemke of Walton, Amy and Scott Kica of Omaha; grandchildren and spouses, Valerie and Adam Hunt of Lincoln, Bryce Lemke of Clermont, Fla., Connie and Michael Bridges, Ashlee and Lee Kica-Johnson, Kortnee and fiance Kyle Lechtenberger and Zyree Kica of Omaha; four great-grandchildren; brother and spouse, Ben and Betty Doane of Lawton, Okla.; sister, Harriet Doane of Fairview, Okla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Family will greet friends Saturday 3-5 p.m.
Roper and Sons
4300 ‘O’ St
Lincoln, NE

Funeral services Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
14410 Folkestone
Waverly, NE | Directions

Burial 1 p.m.
Rosehill Cemetery, Grant, NE | Directions

Waverly Methodist Church Elevator Fund
14410 Folkstone
Waverly NE, 68462

University of Nebraska Foundation Doane Scholarship
Animal Science UNL
P0 Box 830908
Lincoln NE, 68583-0908

Ag Achievement honors

Midwest Producer

Roper and Sons Funeral Homes

Journal Star

Erma J. Phillips, former President of the DFA, passes the torch

November 11, 2013 Obituaries Comments Off on Erma J. Phillips, former President of the DFA, passes the torch
Erma J. Phillips

Erma Phillips passed away on October 15th, 2013 in Riverside, California at age 82.

She was born, Erma Jane Cummings, in Richland, Kansas in 1930.

She is survived by three children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; her sister, Betty Goodrich; brother, Morris Sykes; and many cousins and friends.

Phillips was a past president of the Doane Family Association of America, Inc. In 2000, when the biennial Doane Family Association reunion was held at Doane Collage in Crete, Nebraska, Don Brodie was elected President and Erma elected as his 1st Vice President. Around January of 2002, Don had to resign due to health reasons making Erma the President. She presided over the 2002 reunion at George School in Pennsylvania.

Erma J. Phillips’ memorial service was held on Saturday, November 16 at the Berryton United Methodist Church, 7010 SE Berryton Road, Berryton, Kansas. She is buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Berryton, Kansas.

The program (see below) included this Bible verse,  “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” Psalm 23:6.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2516
Hemet CA 92546-2516

Or, for more, call 951-765-2372, or email the society at hsjgs14@gmail.com.

Erma Phillips Memorial Service Brochure-1

Erma Phillips Memorial Service Brochure

Legacy.com: Legacy.com Erma J. Phillips.

Merriel M. Ebe

August 8, 2012 Obituaries Comments
Merriel M. Ebe

“Merriel M. Ebe, age 86, of Custer, WA passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Arrangements are pending with Moles Farewell Tributes Main St. Ferndale.” ~ Ferndale Record

Merriel M. Ebe went to be with the Lord on July 28, 2012 in Bellingham, Washington. She was born on January 17, 1926 in Bellingham to Luverne Linderman and Marion Knowles. She was a graduate of Bellingham High School, Western Washington University, and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing. In addition to a satisfying career working as an R.N. Merriel worked for the Ferndale School District for eighteen years. On February 14, 1948 she married Aloys Ebe in Ferndale, Washington.

Merriel was an avid reader and gardener. She was also a weaver and involved with the Peach Arch Weaver’s Guild. Merriel was active in Catholic Daughters of America, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ferndale, the Bellingham Historical Society, the Whatcom Genealogical Society, and the Lynden Pioneer Museum.

She was preceded in death by her husband Aloys and her son-in-law Fred Dorman Jr. Merriel. She is survived by her children Stephen Ebe, Elaine Dorman, and Carol Ebe-Leib (Robert); grandchildren Eric Ebe (Sarah), and Monica Dorman and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ferndale and the Lighthouse Mission, 901 W. Holly St, Bellingham, WA 98225. A visitation will be held on Wednesday August 8th at 5:30 p.m. at Moles Farewell Tributes Ferndale, 2039 Main St, Ferdale, WA. A Rosary service will follow the visitation at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday August, 9th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 5781 Hendrickson Ave, Ferndale, WA. There will be a graveside service following the Mass at 1:00 p.m. at Enterprise Cemetery. After the graveside service there will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall at St. Joseph Church.

Published in Bellingham Herald from July 31 to August 5, 2012

Read more here: Bellingham Herald Obituary.

Leonard Doyle Thornton

August 8, 2012 Obituaries Comments
Leonard Doyle Thornton

Leonard Doyle Thornton, 75, Dec. 28, 1936 April 17, 2012.

Leonard Doyle Thornton, beloved husband of Nancy; father of John Thornton of Tigard and Alice Wright of Portland; grandfather of three, died under the tender care of Kaiser Hospice on April 17. Leonard was born in Oklahoma to Elvis and Irene Thornton. His family came west around 1939 and settled in Canby. He graduated in 1955 from Canby High School, and had fond remembrances of growing up with his friends in the small community. He graduated from Portland State in 1962, where he met Nancy Maddux. They were married in 1963.

His entire career was with the Oregon Department of Human Services. He and Nancy always raised a huge garden. He loved to walk and square dance with the River City Dancers. His death was due to peritoneal mesothelioma. Donations in his memory can be made to Friends of Milwaukie Center.

Published in The Oregonian on April 28, 2012.


Our Twitter @DoaneFamilyOWI




Email subscription

Enter email for posts in your inbox, via FeedBurner

E-newsletter sign-up

Click HERE to subscribe to our newsletter

We send out an occasional e-newsletter to anyone interested in association activities. Your email is not shared with anyone else.