John Doan performs his harp guitart in Southeast Asia

In August former chapter President and musician John Doan traveled to Southeast Asia to perform on his Harp Guitar. Besides exploring exotic places and meeting new friends, he captured the experience in a series of photo journal posts on his website. Experience John Doan’s unique and quirky sense of humor …

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

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How to have an enduring and happy marriage

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Centenarian Dorothy Doan Baker celebrated for her many “firsts”

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. …

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Take a Celtic Pilgrimage with John Doan’s music

March 2, 2014 Celebrities, Events Comments
John Doan, harp guitarist.

Master harp guitarist, storyteller, and historian John Doan performs on his renowned harp guitar this month in select venues near Portland and Salem, Oregon.

Doan’s new program, Celtic Pilgrimage, carries the listener visually and musically back to the time to the year 433 when St. Patrick began his missionary work in Ireland. This was a period when arts and literature flourished and the Emerald Isle experienced spiritual renewal,  relative peace – the dawning of the Golden Era.

Through Doan’s music, his stories and video displays, concert goers will transcend time and experience their own Celtic pilgramage, even if ephemeral.

“I hope to see you at one of the upcoming concerts,” John Doan.

Two John Doan Concert Dates March 2014:

Friday, March 7th, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. John Doan Concert

Living Way Fellowship Church
39300 Dubarko Rd, Sandy OR 97055
Just 28 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon.

Admissions $15 at door.

For more information, call Living Way Fellowship at 503-668-8088.

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Sunday, March 16th, 2014 – 7:30 p.m. John Doan Concert

Gateway Foursquare Church
525 Idylwood Dr. SE, Salem OR 97302

Suggested donation $15 at door, children and seniors $10

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Purchase John Doan DVDs and CDs

For those not able to attend either March 2014 program, the DVD, A Celtic Pilgrimage, is available for purchase.

NEW release: A Celtic Pilgrimage.

Celtic Pilgrimage

The recording, A Celtic Pilgrimage, transcends time and travels to the sacred sites of the Celtic Isles where John Doan wrote the music to his award winning recordings Eire – Isle of the Saints. Eire was voted #1 Celtic Album of the Year. In addition, his recording Wayfarer – Ancient Paths to Sacred Places was nominated for the same #1 spot.

All of John Doan’s DVDs and CD’s are available on his website,

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

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President sinks a hole in one!

February 17, 2014 Blog Comments

The President sinks a hole in one!

Were you thinking the President of the United States?

You are close. But think closer to home, or closer to family.

It was the President of the Doane Family Association of Amercia, Inc., Kenneth M. Doane.

What a great way to celebrate President’s Day.

Congrats, Ken!

Hole in one score card.

Hole in one score card.


President’s Day holiday closures

February 16, 2014 Blog Comments

On Monday, Presidents’ Day, expect the following closures or adjusted schedules:

BANKS: Most closed. Some in-store branches may be open. Check your bank for details.

BUSES: Most follow regular schedule.

COLLEGES: No classes for state colleges and universities. Some institutions of higher learning will have offices open. Call first.



FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. markets closed.

GARBAGE: Most operating per usual, or one day delayed.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Offices closed. Washington Legislature in session.

MAIL: Post offices closed. No home delivery except Express Mail. Some postal units are open year round. Check your local area.

PARKING METERS: On-street parking free on holidays.



UTILITIES: 24-hour customer service, and for outages or emergencies available. Check local phone numbers.


Have a great holiday.

Interviews of Doane VIPS, the furry kind

January 26, 2014 Blog Comments

Doane families across the U.S. harbor very intelligent family members who rarely speak out.

Due to the highly trained staff of Pets Add Life this exclusive video was captured of Doane pets actually sharing their thoughts.

The incredible video includes some rarely before shared secrets:

–  What’s it like being an only pet?

–  What do you think you’re doing?

–  How are you doing

The video also includes some rarely before seen footage:

–  Diversion tactics.

–  Special crooning.

At this point we would like to reassure all participating families in this special video that during the making of the film absolutely NO FAMILY SECRETS WERE DIVULGED. Your secrets are still safe.

News from the fencepost: Doanes and cool cars, in education and seeking Quinn Leonard Doane

January 15, 2014 Blog Comments

From Wrestling Inc, we hear that Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Ken Doane is taking bookings for weddings. In addition to making his fame in wrestling, he is now an ordained minister from The Universal Life Church and has been officiating weddings since 2009.

This Ken Doane in no way should be confused with Kenneth M. Doane who does not officiate at weddings, but is the President of the Doane Family Association.

We keep seeing automobile photos by Chris Doane, here’s one for the BMW 320i that comes with a sticker price of $32,750 which is more than what half of what the Doanes in the Northwest paid for their first homes.

If you’re more of a Lexus fan see Chris Doane’s picture of the ES350 with all the ice of an early January day nicely cleaned off. And for a humbler, more compact approach the Mazda 2 Touring would look nice in the driveway of that Doane house that cost less than the BMW.

Paul Doane, SPTRFA.

Paul Doane

In education we hear the voice of Paul Doane, Executive Director of the St. Paul Teachers’ Retirement Fund Association, who is lobbying against merging the teacher’s pension funds of St. Paul and Duluth into the statewide Teachers Retirement Association, saying that remaining independent would be a more “economically viable approach.” Kudos to Paul Doane for speaking out against the mergers $61 million cost to the taxpayers of Minnesota.

And a request from Jim Mueller to locate any relatives of Quinn Leonard Doane, who appears to have een born in Washington State in 1910 and passed away 1985 in San Pedro, Calif. Mueller has his yearbook and is looking to make a connection.

Anyone related to Quinn?

Clean up, clean out and donate now

December 27, 2013 Blog Comments
SlideShare presentation by Carol Doane

Great ideas for making the most of the end of the year. Here’s some quick considerations:

Pack it up and cart it out.

Find a charity close to home and deliver a donation. The Salvation Army, Goodwill or a local ministry are good choices where your gently used goods can have a second life. In on Doane neighborhood there is Divine Consign, Habitat for Humanity Restores, Second Hands Thrift Shop and Open House Ministries. You’ll find just as many choices within a few miles of where you live.

Give cash where it makes sense.

Find a charity far away from home and make a cash donation where your dollars both go far and truly go far. If you don’t know where to look consider Dining for Women. They investigate their featured organizations thoroughly and monitor the results. Another great noprofit is the Doane Family Association Foundation’s Scholarship Fund which provides college scholarships to qualified Doanes attending any college and for any qualified student attending Doane College.

Consider the pay of the charity’s CEO.

Would reasonable people consider the administrator’s pay reasonable? Check the local newspaper or do a search online and review CEO compensation. Some is very reasonable and others may boggle the mind.

Consider the charity’s reputation.

Have they been plagued by scandal or praised in the media? A search online will bring up any relevant news stories.

Consider the charity’s work.

Does the work align with your values? It has to do more than tug at your heart strings, it should makes sense to you, and if it does, support them.

And while your thinking of donating, go to the Red Cross and make a very personal donation. Before the year starts you may save up to three lives.

What other tips we can add to this list?

Transcript of the SlideShare

  1. Tips for your end of year donations by Carol Doane
  2. Find a charity close to home and deliver a donation. Pack it up. Cart if out. If no one can use it throw it out.
  3. Find a charity far from home and donate cash. Charities across the globe truly stretch dollars and touch more lives. Consider Dining for Women.
  4. Consider the CEO’s pay. Would reasonable people consider the pay of the charity’s CEO within reason?
  5. Consider their reputation. Has the charity been plagued by scandal or praised for good stewardship?
  6. Consider the charity’s work Does the work align with your values? If it makes sense to you, it makes sense to give.
  7. Give from the heart, and finish well.


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