Hershel Wayne Doyle
Mamie died when Hershel was 15 months old and Ira later married Ida Wuneburger and had five more children. Ida considered Hershel as her son and would correct people if they referred to him as her stepson. The children grew up in a happy Irish musical family in Elgin. In 1937 at the age of 18 he moved to Giddings to work for his uncle, Ira Siegeler, in a meat market.
He soon met the love of his life, Lillian Bieberstein, who was working at a bakery where he went to pick up bread for the market. They were married October 22, 1939 at the Martin Luther Lutheran Church and remained lifelong members.
In 1942 he was drafted in the Army and spent four years on a transport ship in the Pacific Theater. Lillie went with him and worked in Pittsburg, California while he served overseas.
In January 1946 they returned to Giddings and he went back to work in the market and used the GI Bill to enroll in business classes at Blinn College.
Hershel and Lillie bought the City Meat Market from Schubert Hannes in 1952 and operated it for thirty years until their retirement in 1982. They provided fresh meat, barbecue, and custom slaughtering and were well-known for their friendly service.
In 1972 the H.W. Doyle Processing Plant on Hwy. 77 was rebuilt to meet new government standards and a state inspector was on the floor daily in accordance with USDA regulations to serve this busy operation.
Hershel supported many civic organizations and was a charter member of the Lee County Sheriff’s Posse, past president of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church Council, Giddings I.S.D. School Board member and served as a director at the First National Bank for 28 years until the age of 80.
During retirement he continued raising cattle at his farm in Loebau and was active in this business until the last few years.
Hershel liked to stay busy and was in good health until age 86 when he was diagnosed with cancer. As his health began to fail, Lillie lovingly cared for him at home.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years Lillie; daughter, Barbara and husband John Wilson of Round Rock; son, Gary and wife Nancy of Giddings; grandsons Richard and wife Dr. Sonya Wilson of Austin; Robert Wilson of Houston; granddaughters Sarah and husband Chad Allison of Dallas; Brittany Wilson of Austin; Katie Doyle of Rockport and step grandson Anthony Mannering of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Ira Doyle and Ted Doyle; brothers-in-law Otis Bieberstein and Herbert Herzog; sisters-in-law Clara Bieberstein and Emma Doyle. Surviving are brothers Buddy Doyle and wife Doris; Gene Doyle and wife Lorine; sister Daisy Herzog; sisters-in-law Betty Doyle and Pat Doyle.
He is also survived by in-laws Monroe Bieberstein, Delbert and Annie Mae Ahlhorn, Leroy and Nancy Bieberstein; 21 nieces and nephews and a large extended family who have happy memories of Hershel, barbecue, and the farm.
Funeral services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Jeremy Walloch officiating. Burial followed in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family was present for visitation Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Giddings, the Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center or the charity of one’s choice.