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A Celebration of Life will take place Thursday, December 16th, at 10 am at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Bethel Church Cemetery in Whitney, Nebraska, in the spring. A memorial has been established for Bethel Church.
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Carol Jane (Lange) Doyle passed from this life on December 8, 2021, at Hospice House with her family at her side. She fought pancreatic cancer with bravery and grace.
She was born to Carl and Lillian (Rennau) Lange on May 26, 1935, in the Rennau family home in Crawford, Nebraska. She grew up on a farm in Whitney, Nebraska, in a home built by her great-grandfather who homesteaded there in 1889. She was tasked with keeping the garden watered, bringing the cows home to milk, and helping with the harvesting. In her free time, she loved to explore the hills and buttes around her home, hunt with her dad and uncles, and find a quiet place to enjoy a good book. She lived with her parents and grandparents and remembers her grandmother piecing quilts in the evening by the light of a kerosene lamp. Her first experience with sewing was on a treadle machine. Apparently this skill took hold as she was a very accomplished quilter and made countless quilts during her adult years, many of them winning awards. Her children and grandchildren have been blessed to recieve these fabric artworks as gifts throughout the years.
Carol attended a one-room schoolhouse, Hardscrabble, through the 8th grade. She then attended Chadron High School and boarded with a lady and 2 other boarders during the week to attend school and then home on the weekends. She enjoyed playing the clarinet in the band. After high school, she attended National School of Business in Rapid City for secretarial science. Once graduated, she began work with Schmid Insurance and continued there until retiring 43 years later.
Carol enjoyed quilting, hiking, gardening, reading, and spending time with family. Her favorite place in the world was on her farm in Whitney. She felt at peace listening to the meadowlarks and basking in the sun. She loved the history of the area and going on hikes with friends and family to explore.
Arnold Daniel Doyle passed from this life on November 3, 2018, at Hospice House after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a fall.
He was born to Daniel and Auguste (Heinssen) Doyle on March 2, 1934, in Egan, SD. In 1936, the family moved to Nevada Gulch, near Lead, SD (at the base of the present-day Terry Peak Ski Resort). As Arnold got older, he loved to explore the railroad tracks and rock formations nearby, as well as the abandoned mine buildings and play in the sand dams made by the tailings from the nearby mines. He attended a country school until the family moved to Rapid City in 1943. He then attended Garfield Elementary. After school and in the summers, he worked odd jobs delivering the paper and milk, bus boy, setting bowling pins and even work at a movie making company. He then attended Rapid City High School from which he graduated in 1952. After high school, he attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. He also spent 6 years in the SD National Guard to help pay for school and was discharged with the rank of Sergeant.
Arnold worked for Dilly Construction for many years until their closure in the early 1980s. He then partnered with Leroy Lang and formed Lang Construction before retiring in 1995. He did return to work briefly for Gustafson Builders until Carol retired and they could spend their retirement years together. Some of the notable projects he was involved in include Turnac Tower building (formerly First Federal Savings and Loan), Grandview and Knollwood schools, Stavkirche Church, BH Rehab Hospital and BH Eye Institute.
Dad loved to sail and spent many days/nights on Angostura in his yellow sailboat, Skinny Dip II. He instilled the love of water and being on the lake in his daughter, Michele, who has many fond memories of sailing with dad. He also loved to do woodworking and built/remodeled many parts of their home.
Arnold and Carol met at a fraternity house during their college days and were married on December 29, 1956. They loved to dance! They spent their married life in Rapid City with a brief move to Fort Belvoir, Virginia, while Arnold was in the National Guard. They are survived by their daughters, Tawnya Gardner, Cedar Rapids, IA; Michele (Troy) Caswell, Rapid City, SD, along with 3 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.