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Richard "Dick" Vernon Doty

November 21, 1933 ~ October 14, 2017 (age 83)

Richard “Dick” Vernon Doty, age 83, of Corpus Christi, TX passed away peacefully on Saturday October 14, 2017.  He was born in Goodhue, Minnesota on November 21, 1933.  He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, MN in 1952 and soon after joined the US Navy. 

While stationed in South Texas, he met his future wife, Dodie Vickers.  They wed June 3, 1954 in Sinton, Texas.  They resided in Evanston, Illinois until he finished his naval commitment.  The family returned to Sinton where Dick joined his father-in-law in farming.  After a few years, he left farming to begin a lengthy career in the grocery business.  He retired from HEB in 1985 after 27 years of service.  Dick stayed active with HEB after his retirement, serving as president of the HEB Senior Partners for several years.

Throughout his life, he was fond of dancing.  He and Dodie belonged to several dance clubs during their many years of marriage.

During his retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling.  They visited Australia, New Zealand, Canada, enjoyed several cruises and traveled to many spots in the United States in their RV.  They especially enjoyed the summers spent in Cloudcroft, NM with a large group of friends.

Dick was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, snow skiing, golfing and white water rafting.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice Freisheim of Minneapolis, MN; his father, Vernon Thumann of Redwing MN; and his wife Wanda Jo “Dodie” Doty of Sinton, TX.

He is survived by his daughter, Pam Doty of San Antonio, TX; his son Gary (Karen) Doty of Portland, TX and granddaughter Sarah Doty of Austin, TX.

Also surviving are his two sisters, Nancy Thumann Mayer of Scottsdale, AZ and Bonnie Thumann Dorsten of Winter Garden, FL, along with numerous nieces, nephews and many wonderful friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at 10:00 am at Resthaven Funeral Home, Sinton, TX.  Visitation will be held 30 minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions are given to Port Aransas Independent School District, Harvey Relief Fund or the charity of your choice.

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Arrangements and care entrusted to Resthaven Funeral Home, Sinton.


 Service Information

Memorial Service
October 28, 2017

10:00 AM
Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel
606 S San Patricio
Sinton, TX 78387

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