GIDDINGS—Funeral services for Hershel Wayne Doyle, 91, of Giddings were held Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Jeremy Walloch officiating. Burial followed in Giddings City Cemetery.
Mr. Doyle died Dec. 14 at his home in Giddings.
He was born May 25, 1919, in Elgin to Ira and Mamie Keller Doyle.
He was raised in Elgin and in 1937 moved to Giddings to work for his uncle in a meat market.
He married Lillian Bieberstein on Oct. 22, 1939, at Martin Luther Lutheran Church, where they remained lifelong members.
In 1942, Mr. Doyle was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent four years on a transport ship in the Pacific Theater. Lillie went with him and worked in Pittsburg, California while he served overseas.
In January 1946 they returned to Giddings and he went back to work in the market and used the G.I. Bill to enroll in businesses classes at Blinn College.
Hershel and Lillie bought City Meat Market in 1952 and operated it for 30 years until their retirement in 1982.
In 1972, the H.W. Doyle Processing Plant on Hwy. 77 was rebuilt to meet new government standards.
Mr. Doyle supported many civic organizations and was a charter member of Lee County Sheriff’s Posse, past president of Martin Luther Lutheran Church Council, was a G.I.S.D. School Board member and served as a director at First National Bank for 28 years until the age of 80.
During retirement, he continued raising cattle at his farm in Loebau and was active in this business until the last few years.
Hershel liked to stay busy and was in good health until age 86 when he was diagnosed with cancer. As his health began to fail, Lillie lovingly cared for him at home.
Mr. Doyle was preceded in death by two brothers, Ira Doyle and Ted Doyle; two brothers-inlaw, Otis Bieberstein and Herbert Herzog; and two sisters-in-law, Clara Bieberstein and Emma Doyle.
Survivors are his wife, Lillie of Giddings; a daughter, Barbara and husband John Wilson of Round Rock; a son, Gary and w ife Nancy of Giddings; two grandsons, Richard and wife Dr. Sonya Wilson of Austin, Robert Wilson of Houston; three granddaughters, Sarah and husband Chad Allison of Dallas, Brittany Wilson of Austin, Katie Doyle of Rockport; a step-grandson, Anthony Mannering of Houston; two brothers, Buddy Doyle and wife Doris, Gene Doyle and wife Lorine; a sister, Daisy Herzog; two sisters-in-law, Betty Doyle and Pat Doyle; and his in-laws, Monroe Bieberstein, Delbert and Annie Mae Ahlhorn, Leroy and Nancy Bieberstein; also, 21 nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
Memorials may be made to Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings, the Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center or the charity of one’s choice.