Francis Doyle Obituary

Francis Joseph Doyle
Francis Joseph Doyle
Francis Joseph Doyle

August 19, 1926 - December 13, 2011
Born in Dubuque, Iowa
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Francis J. Doyle, 85, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Memorial services will be held 9:30 a.m. Monday, December 19, 2011, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale, of which he was a charter member. Graveside services will be held 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

Francis was born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa and moved to Des Moines in 1937. He graduated from Dowling High School and Drake University. Francis served in the US Army during WWII and was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He proudly participated in the first Honor Flight from Des Moines in August 2009. Francis was employed with Solar Aircraft, AMF, Massey Ferguson and retired from Bob Brown Chevrolet in 1997.

Francis is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joanne, his children, Katy Raasch, Kevin (Marianne) Doyle, Margaret Elliott and Therese (Ken) Richardson all of Urbandale, and Eileen Doyle of Ankeny; daughter-in-law, Gloria Doyle of Waukee; 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and his siblings, Barry Doyle, Kathleen Doyle O.S.B, Gerald Doyle, and Veronica Benetti; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Rachael (Barry) Doyle, son Brian Doyle, granddaughter, Hannah Doyle, siblings, Madonna Binder, Mary Jane Russell and Dorrance Doyle; and his sons-in-law, Dean Raasch and Robert Elliott.

The family will receive friends from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, December 18 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, where a vigil service will be held at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Urbandale Community Action Network, Friends of the Parks Veterans Memorial.

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St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663-66th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
Sunday, December 18, 2011
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Memorial Mass
St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Monday, December 19, 2011
9:30 AM
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
Monday, December 19, 2011
12:30 PM


Urbandale Community Action Network, Friends of the Parks Veterans Memorial
PO Box 7615
Urbandale, IA 50323