John Henry Doty, the son of Roy and Minnie (Kober) Doty, was born March 17, 1930 in Rodman, Iowa. He went home to the Lord on Monday, June 10, 2013, at this home in Graettinger, Iowa at the age of 83.
John graduated from Rodman High School in 1947. He went to help his dad on the farm for 2 years and also checked eggs in a store. On November 12, 1950, John was united in marriage to Shirley Mae Krug at the West Bend Methodist Church. John was working at the West Bend Creamery hauling milk and working at the Lumber Yard. Later, he started to work at John Mersh's farm in West Bend.
John and Shirley started a family of five sons and one daughter. The family loved to camp and fish with friends and relatives. John also played baseball with the Rodman Cardinals in his younger years. Besides golfing and bowling, his favorite was having his family over so he could start up the grill and make his famous "Beer Chicken".
John did a lot of barbequing hogs for the elevators (where he worked at) for his customers and their families. He worked at many elevators. He worked at Rodman, Graettinger, at Otley, Iowa where he was a manager and also Plankinton, South Dakota. John bought his own elevator in Wessington Springs, South Dakota and after those years he sold it and drove his own semi-truck around the country. After that he sold his truck and retired.
Traveling was John and Shirley's best times after retiring. They had a motorhome and went to Texas to meet new friends and have fun.
John is survived by his sons, Robert (Janet) Doty of Monroe, Iowa, and their children, Michael, Jason and Shawn; Steve Doty of Taintor, Iowa, and his children, Shallom and Shannon; Randy (Barb) Doty of Wessington Springs, South Dakota, and their children, Amanda, Abby and Ashley; Dana (Cindy) Doty of Pella, Iowa, and their children, Chris, Heidi and Andy; and a daughter, Linda Doty Bruce of Redfield, South Dakota; and her children, Shandi, Sierra, Briston and Brandon; 13 great-grandchildren and one baby due in September; sisters, Nancy Brandt (Doty) in Forest City, Iowa and Betty Shank (Doty) in San Francisco, California.
Preceding John in death was his wife, Shirley, of 58 years, his youngest son, Gene Doty at the age of 46, his parents, Roy and Minnie Doty, brothers, Raymond Doty, Shirley Doty and sisters Donna Butler (Doty), Ella Mae Proctor (Doty) and Lulabelle "Toots" Morey (Doty).
After John's wife death, he met up with a friend, Elaine Thu that he knew and worked with at the elevator in Graettinger many years ago. They both resided at her home in Graettinger before John's death. She was a very good companion and caretaker for John. They both traveled together to visit family and friends. John's family wants to thank you, Elaine, for caring and loving our Dad and Grandpa. God Bless You.
Services for John Doty were Friday, June 14, 2013, at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Andrea Kraushaar, pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Fort Dodge officiating. Burial was in North Lawn Cemetery in Fort Dodge.