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Farewell to Ted H. Doane

February 22, 2014 Blog, Obituaries Comments
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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

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