John "Russ" Doyle

October 17, 1929 - February 16, 2021
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John “Russ” Doyle,

Saginaw, Michigan.

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Covenant HealthCare Cooper Campus. Age 91 years. Son of the late Hubert and Eleanor (Dennings) Doyle John was born October 17, 1929 in Saginaw, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the 5th R.C.T and attended many reunions in Branson, Missouri. Russ married Betty Z. Gehrcke, his loving wife of 70 years, on February 3, 1951. She survives him. Russ was co-owner of A. C. Gehrcke and Sons. He was a member of West Michigan United Methodist Church now New Heart United Methodist Church. Russ was a Christian man, who placed God and his family first, always willing to help anyone in need. He was a member of Saginaw Commission on Aging’s meals on wheels and of Saginaw Board of Canvassers and also chaired the committee. He enjoyed playing cards, hunting, fishing, making gifts from wood with his talented hands and playing Blooper Ball in his younger years. He also enjoyed feeding all the animals in the neighborhood.

Surviving besides his wife Betty are two sons and two daughters, John (Marcia) Doyle Jr., Saginaw; Cindy (Kerry) Kuznicki, Saginaw; Steven (Ann) Doyle, West Branch, Debbie (Alan) Rood, Saginaw; 11 grandchildren, John Doyle III, Justin (Stephanie) Doyle, Amy Doyle, Brad (Candace) Kuznicki, Bryan Kuznicki, Katie (Aaron) Onweller, Michael Doyle, Andrew (Kristina) Doyle, Jeramy (Kayleigh) Rood, Jason Soltis and Alec Rood; and many great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service will take place 11:00 a.m. Monday February 22, 2021 at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd. (between Shattuck and McCarty). Pastor Rob Richards will officiate. Burial will take place in Roselawn Memorial Gardens with Military Services will be conducted by V.F.W. Post #1859. Friends may visit at the funeral home where the family will be present on Sunday from 1:00 5:00 p.m. and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. In accordance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ordinance, the limitations of number gathered, mask wearing and social distancing will be observed. For those that wish to attend remotely, the service will be live streamed beginning at 10:55 a.m. on Monday using the following link

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Dawn Plonta Schneider Jambor

Posted at 08:24am
So sorry to hear about your dad. So many memories of spending time with you while growing up. Your dad was always such a friendly person to all of the neighborhood kids.
My prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Dawn Jambor
P.S. My mom wishes to express her sympathy to each and everyone of you and she is saying prayers for your mom.

Sue Wilson

Posted at 11:49am
Such a beautiful service. Dad really enjoyed being able to view online. Mom, Miimi, Sue, Laurie and Eldon were able to view together. And Amy's tribute was so touching. Love to all of you.

Sue Wilson

Joe and Carol DeFrancesco

Posted at 01:46pm
Betty, sending prayers and sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Russ--a warm-hearted gentleman.
Joe and Carol D.

Myra Fall

Posted at 12:59pm
Bob and I had the privilege of living next door to Russ and Betty for several years. They were family to us much loved.
When we moved, we missed them.
St Catherine of Siena said, " Be what God meant you to be..." Russ was one of the kindest people I have ever known, a generous and humble man willing to help out in any way he could. He was what God meant him to be.
We are in Florida so sadly, we cannot be present at the funeral to say goodbye to our friend. Please know we grieve with you and are reconciled to know Russ is with his God.
Our sincere condolences to his beautiful wife and family.
Myra Fall

Jan McNeil

Posted at 08:49pm
So glad we were able to spend a wonderful afternoon last July with our Aunt and Uncle! Uncle Russ was the best! Taught us to drive on his lap at the age of 7 years old at Higgins Lake! The best memories ever! I only remember this man with a smile on his face and always kind words! Love you now and forever!❤️

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