Doyle Nix Hathaway, 65, of Wichita, KS, died on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Doyle was the youngest of son of the late Addison and Helen Hathaway, of Hugoton, KS. In 1967, he graduated from Hugoton High School, where he played football, baseball, and tennis. He followed in the footsteps of his older brothers, Gary and Ken, and became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Panhandle State University with a degree in secondary education. His brief stint as a driver's education teacher would prepare him for later in life, when he had five teenage daughters. He lost most of his hair in those years, but they all learned to drive a stick shift.
After leaving teaching, he had a 34-year career in the natural gas industry. He first worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company, and eventually retired as a Measurement Specialist with Energy Transfer in December of 2012. In the intervening years, a series of buyouts meant he worked for more natural gas companies than can be listed in the limited space available here.
Beyond his professional career, Doyle also served in the Army Reserves for 27 years, retiring from the 95th Training Division as a Command Sergeant Major. Soft-spoken in his private life, he was loud and a little bit scary as a drill sergeant. Those who served under him respected his guidance and his humor.
He was a life member of the Hugoton Lodge of the Kansas Freemasons, where he held the rank of Past Master.
Doyle is survived by his wife, Allene Hathaway (née Stoops); his daughters: Erica Greenwood (Sergio Morales), Liberty Brooke Greenwood, Wendy Trail (Dusty), Sarah Greenwood, and Sandy Duling (Robbie); seven grandchildren: Hunter, Autumn, and Ridge Trail; Addison, Sam, and Brady Duling; and Cindy Morales; his brother, Ken Hathaway (Jan); and his sister-in-law, Sonja Hathaway. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gary Hathaway.
o A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 21st, at 10 am, at Springdale Country Club Estates, south of Kellogg and 143rd East in Wichita. Lunch to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Doyle's name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, via www.LLS.org.