CEDAR FALLS — Raymond “Gene” Doyle, 77, of Cedar Falls, died Sunday, Jan. 14, at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.
He was born Nov. 30, 1940, in Marshalltown, son of Joseph and Gertrude Duffy Doyle. He married Sandra Zenor on Aug. 24, 1959 in Toledo.
He graduated from Toledo High School and Iowa State Teachers College (UNI), where he played football from 1958 to 1962. He taught history and driver’s education and coached at Keota High School for four years; Dubuque Senior for eight years; and then at Cedar Falls High School from 1974 until retiring from teaching in 2000. While at CFHS he coached track, wrestling and football, retiring from coaching in 2014. His wrestling team won multiple state championships in the 1990s, receiving the Iowa Wrestling Association Coach of the Year award in 1992 and the National Wrestling Association Iowa Coach of the Year in 1996. As an assistant football coach, he helped lead Cedar Falls High School to 25 state playoff appearances including five championship games. He was inducted into both the Iowa High School Wrestling (2012) and National Wrestling (2011) Halls of Fame. The football team he played on at UNI was inducted to the UNI Hall of Fame in 2015.
Survived by: his wife; four sons, Christopher (Jackie) and Patrick (Tami) of Cedar Falls, Michael of Chisago City, Minn., and Matthew (Lisa) of Brentwood, Tenn.; three daughters, Shelly (Shawn) Meighan of Des Moines, Laurie (John) Lynch of East Dubuque, Ill., and Tracy (Keith) Carman of Cedar Falls; 24 grandchildren; a brother, Mark (Alice) of Cedar Rapids; and two sisters, Sandy (Dennis) Zmolek of Marshalltown and Mary Doyle of Santa Barbara, Calif.Preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers, Dick and Joe; and a grandson, Spencer Lynch.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with burial in Fairview Cemetery, both in Cedar Falls. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Richardson Funeral Service and also for one hour before services Friday at the church.Memorials: may be directed to the church or the Cedar Falls AMVETS Post 49.
Condolences may be left at www.richardsonfuneralservice.com.
He and Sandy loved to travel and visit family and grandchildren. He was a humble man with a strong quiet presence.