Neil Erwin Doyle

Marine Corp Badge
  • Name: Neil Erwin Doyle
  • Location of Birth: Duluth, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 11, 1897
  • Date of Death: April 13, 1942 (45 years old)
  • Parents: Bernard Doyle and Margaret (Ferguson) Doyle
  • High School and Class: attended school in Bovey, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: PVT (Private)
  • Branch: Marine Corp
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  • Date Sworn In: August 5, 1918 (Enlistment Date)
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  • Date of Discharge: March 17, 1919 (Discharge Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Upon reaching the age of 21, Neil immediately enlisted in the Marine Corps. Three brothers, Jack, Herbert, and Bernard, were already in the Marines. Neil was immediately sent to Paris Island, Quantico, Virginia, where he served in the Quartermaster Department until March of 1919, when he was honorably discharged.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War I

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  • Civilian Life:
    Information from news article in Itasca Iron News, dated April 16, 1942:

    With full military honors, Neil E. Doyle was buried yesterday afternoon from the Peterson chapel, where funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. M. Hauser, minister in the Presbyterian church. The body lay in state from Tuesday noon until the hour of the service, the casket Flag-draped , the Service Flags of And-Quist Post American Legion standing by; the flowers, literally, banking the corner of the chapel where the casket rested. Some time before the hour of service, friends began to fill the pews and stand along the sidewalks, past the military guard; and a long line of cars drove to Lakeview where the body was laid to rest in the And-Quist Post plat. Thus a shocked community spoke its regret at the sudden passing of a man in middle life who was deeply loved by associates, fellow employees and old friends of a family which was among the pioneers in this locality.

    Neil Doyle had been ill for several days, but it was not considered serious, and he completed his day's work Saturday at the school garage of Independent School District No. Two, where he had been foreman for 10 years. Sunday night he was taken to the General hospital in Hibbing for two or three days of rest and care, nothing more; and when a message between three and four o'clock Monday morning announced his death from a sudden heart attack, his shocked family could scarcely believe its truth.

    Neil came to Bovey, Minnesota with this parents when he was 13 years old.

    He attended school, grew up in Bovey and when only 16 became an employee of the Oliver Iron Mining Company. Soon afterward, recognizing his natural ability along mechanical lines, Alexander King, who afterward became general superintendent of the Oliver, suggested that young Neil go into the Oliver shops and learn a trade. He worked in the company shops until August 5, 1918.

    On November 20, 1920, Neil married Kate Foley of Bovey, Minnesota.

    Following his discharge from the Marines, Neil returned to the employ of the Oliver Iron Mining Company, remaining with them the greater part of the time until he went to work for the school district. He discharged many responsibilities with the fullest measure of competency and attention to detail and accuracy, and those whose work he dictated month after month respected his efficiency and fairness and sincerely miss the head of their organization.

    Surviving him are his aged mother, Mrs. Margaret Doyle; his brothers, Herbert and Bernard; his sister, Mrs. Arthur (Agnes) Inman; his grief-stricken wife, with whom there was a bond of close companionship and understanding which is seldom known; and several nieces and nephews.

    Neil died in Hibbing, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery at Coleraine, Minnesota.

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