James M. Doyle
James M. Doyle, 69, passed away suddenly at his home in Page, Ariz., on March 21, 2016. He was called “Mike” or “Mikey” by all his beloved family and friends. He will be missed by all, but none more than his wife of 49 1⁄2 years, Sandy. Mike was such a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He always said that his wife and family were the joy of his life.
Mike was born in Cheyenne, Wyo., September 18, 1946, to Ferne (Wiedenman) and James Doyle, Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy (Junkman); son, James Doyle III, daughter-in-law, Josie (Furr), three grandchildren, Shallene, Danelle, Jacob; and one great-granddaughter, Sophia. He also leaves behind siblings, Erin, (Don Bourk) of Blunt, S.D., Colleen (Dan Lamb) of Onida, S.D., and Richard (Sandra Small) of Blunt. He has one surviving aunt, Jo LaRouch from Ft. Pierre S.D., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
After graduating from High School in Blunt, he attended Black Hills State in Spearfish, S.D., and obtained his Master’s in Education. He was loved by his students and teachers under his Principal ship in Douglas, Wyo., where he retired in 2003. He had also taught at Lake View School, Mission, S.D., Ft Pierre, S.D., and Wall, S.D.
In his more energetic years, he enjoyed pheasant hunting, camping, fishing, bowling, shooting pool, gardening, and cooking. He was very active in the past in the Wyoming Jaycees and the Elks Lodge in Page, Ariz. He received many honorable awards from both organizations.
Mike was a six year cancer survivor and even though that was not the cause of his death, the family will be sending a Memorial to the Cancer Hope Lodge in Rochester, Minn., where he received such wonderful and kind treatment. Any donations to the Memorial can be mailed to: PO Box 4832, Page, AZ. 86040.
A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Pius X Church in Onida.
Interment of ashes will occur at the Blunt Pleasant Hill Cemetery at a later date. Proceeding the services, a luncheon will be served at the Blunt Senior Center.