William C. Doty, age 83 of Broken Bow, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Broken Bow.
Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be Thursday Dec. 8, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a wake service Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Memorials are suggested to the Broken Bow Booster Club or the Jennie Melham Medical Center Foundation.
William C. Doty was born April 11, 1928, to Royal and Mabel (Plummer) Doty in North Platte. He started school in Cozad. In 1934 his family moved to Broken Bow, where he graduated in 1946.
After graduation Bill joined the Navy. He served aboard the USS LCI 615 in the South Pacific and participated in the "Scientific Resurvey of the Atomic bomb test on Bikini Island" He was honorably discharged in 1948.
After leaving the service, Bill attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln. June 12, 1950, Bill and Mary Mecke were united in marriage at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Ogallala. To this marriage were born four children; Mark and Julie were born in Ogallala, and the family later moved to Broken Bow where Pat and Scott were born.
In 1954, Bill went into the meat processing business with his father. In 1967, he sold his interest in the business to his brother Jack. He purchased a liquor store and operated it until 1976.
Following the sale of the liquor store he purchased the Olson Department Store. He and Mary operated the Doty Department Store until 1993. At that time Bill received his real estate license. He worked as an agent for Dave Davis Realty. When the business was sold to Farmers National Company, Bill remained an active licensee until 2006. He continued to serve as a volunteer at Farmers National, assisting with various office duties.
Bill was a past president of the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce. He served as a member and President of the Jennie Melham Memorial Medical Center board of trustees. He was a member of the Broken Bow Volunteer Fire Department and was president elect of the Nebraska Processors Association.
Bill is survived by his sons, Mark (Susan) Doty of Lexington, Patrick (Linda) Doty of Broken Bow, and Scott (Lori) Doty of Fremont; son-in-law, Dr. R. Bruce Koefoot of Grand Island; special friend, Betty Knoell of Broken Bow; seven grandchildren, Erin Doty of Lexington, Alison (Jeremiah) Baker, John Sullivan (special friend Abby), Ryan (Jen) Doty, Kristin Doty all of Lincoln, Jessica (Chris) O'Fallon and Tim Koefoot, all of Knoxville, Tenn.; five great-grandchildren, Carlin and Audry Baker, Camden and Madelyn O'Fallon, and Grayson Doty; sisters-in-law, Judy Doty of Decora, Iowa, and Jacque (Buck) Bassett of Ogallala.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; daughter, Julie Koefoot; brother, Jack, and granddaughter, Heather.
Published in Custer County Chief, Dec. 8, 2011