DOYLE DEAN WOOKEY
Doyle Dean Wookey, age 78, of Grand River, Iowa, the son of William Day and Marie Viola (Norris) Wookey, was born June 19, 1936, in Osceola, Iowa. He died at the Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa on February 13, 2015.
Doyle attended Diamond Country Schools before graduating from Grand River High School in 1955. On July 27, 1957, he married Doris Arlene Fitzgerald in Grand River. They were blessed with a boy, Kevin, and a girl, Shari. As his family grew, Doyle loved seeing the great grandchildren.
Doyle was a husband, father, and a farmer at heart. He was a Grand River volunteer fireman for many years and served as chief for two years. He also was a Lions Club member for 54 years. He loved going to rodeo auctions in Texas. In earlier years, he worked for Daily Stockyards hauling hogs across Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. Then he bought and operated Grand River Lumber and Supply for several years. For the past 49 years, Doyle owned and operated the Grand River Rodeo, in addition to owning and operating the Silver Spur Café and Bar in Grand River. He loved being at the Spur socializing with everyone. He retired at age 77.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his in-laws, John Benjamin and Fern Velma Fitzgerald; brother, Duane Wookey; and sister, Merna Cox. Survivors include his wife, Doris Wookey, of Grand River; son, Kevin Wookey of Grand River; daughter, Shari Thurman and husband Rex of Grant City, Missouri; two grandchildren, Darcy Roberts and husband Justin of King City, Missouri and Joshua Thurman and wife Lynn of Grant City; four great-grandchildren, Kenzington and Kymberlynn Roberts and Sawyer and Gracie Thurman; sister, Linda Hunt of Grand River; brother-in-law, Corwin Cox of Grand River; sisters-in-law, Norma Wookey Binning and husband Gene and Anna Van Laar and husband Raymond, all of Grand River; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and many, many friends.
Funeral services were held at the Trinity Christian Church, west of Decatur, Iowa, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, with Rev. Terry D. Roberts officiating. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand River, Iowa. Arrangements were through the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa.
I worked a lot of rodeos for Doyle. There is not a better man.