Obituary of Robert Doyle
Robert Earl Doyle, 79, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in Burleson, Texas. He was born September 2, 1942, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He grew up in East Texas and moved to Midland in 1956, where he graduated from Midland High School in 1960.
After high school, he enlisted in the U. S. Air force and served as an MP guarding aircraft and nuclear missile silos. Following the air force, he attended the University of Houston and eventually completed his Electronics degree at Odessa College.
After graduation, he worked various jobs in the oilfield and for the City of Midland. Finally, he ended up working for the Salvation Army. At the Salvation Army, he first met the love of his life, Billie Ruth Lewallen, whom he married on April 15, 1977. Robert and Billie welcomed their son, Ryan, and daughter, Kimberlee into their lives soon after. Robert and Billie were commissioned as Sergeants in the Salvation Army and moved to several out-of-state locations where they pastored local churches. Robert had a passion for helping others and worked with men experiencing life struggles with drugs and alcohol through the Salvation Army’s ARC program.
On January 12, 1996, Robert’s beloved wife passed away suddenly, and he was faced with raising two teenage kids on his own. Robert did so with his faith intact and made a point to smile and make the best of every situation. Soon after, Robert moved his family back home to Midland, Texas, to be closer loved ones.
In 1997, Robert started work with MISD Transportation, where he remained until his retirement. Robert truly enjoyed interacting with the students and would always share sweet stories about them. Robert made a point to gather at Main Street Diner every Saturday morning to enjoy fellowship with his family. Robert was a friend to everyone and spent every day of his life making others smile, always willing to give the shirt off his back regardless of his own struggles. He was a man of patience, kindness, and loyalty. Throughout his illness in his later years, he expressed positivity and an inability to give up. He desired to “stay here as long as he could,” and despite his illness, he always said he felt “pretty good, pretty good!” He bragged about things his children have accomplished and mentioned often how much “he loved them and how proud he was of them.”
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, George Doyle and Fannie Doyle; wife, Billie Ruth Doyle; mother-in-law, Evelyn Lewallen; father-in-law, Bill Lewallen; brother, Frank Doyle; sister, Bertha Thurman; brother-in-law, Bob Thurman; brother, Jerry Doyle; and sister-in-law, Joyce Doyle.
Robert is survived by this son, Ryan Doyle and wife Chrissy, of Burleson, Texas; daughter, Kimberlee Kirkland and husband Dustin, of Midland, Texas; nieces, Debbie Doyle of Plano, Texas, and Donna Doyle of Midland, Texas; grandchildren, Xander Kirkland, Lennox Kirkland, Rhett Doyle; and grandnephews, Nicholas Doyle-Diaz and Elijah Doyle-Diaz.
Visitation will be held at 10:00 AM prior to the funeral service at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Martin Thompson & Son Funeral Home 6009 Wedgwood Dr. Fort Worth, Texas 76133.
The interment will be at 11:15 AM Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., Dallas, Texas 75211.