Willie “Lee”Doublin, age 79, of Sunrise Beach, was called up unexpectedly to do the Lord’s work the morning of January 27, 2013.
Lee was born on December 25, 1933, in Kinder, Missouri, to Bedford Doublin and Mabel (Travers) Doublin, both preceding him in death. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Gertrude “Gertie” Holloway and Wanda Cooper and brother, Kenneth “Pete” Doublin.
He graduated from Puxico High School in 1951, moving to St. Louis to work on the Chevrolet line at what was then known as Fisher Body, and later the truck line and Corvette line of General Motors. He retired from General Motors in 1988, after 35 years of service.
On August 15, 1953, he was united in marriage to Fern Louise Howard, his one and only for 59 years. They were married at the Puxico Homecoming, and celebrated every year since sharing a goat burger on Main Street.
After retirement, he and Fern left the St. Louis area and Lee enjoyed renovating John Deere antique tractors and belonged to the Lake of the Ozarks Antique Power Association. He and his wife were faithful members of the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church and the Millstone Wheelers Square and Round Dance Club. Lee was also a member of the Puxico Masonic Lodge #596. As a man of many interests, he also answered to Willie, Smokey and Doc.
He is survived by his wife, Fern Doublin; his daughter, Beth (Jay) Reutter of Champaign, Illinois; son, Steve (Diane) Doublin of Covington, Louisiana; grandchildren, Jamie (Dan) Otts, Laine (Jonathan) Perry, Clint (Alana) Vallotton and Katherine Reutter; and great-grandchildren, Corbin and Lucas. Lee is also survived by one brother, Gary “Jack” Doublin of Puxico, Missouri; as well as a close knit family of nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Lee’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 31, at the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church in Laurie with Pastor Rick White officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, at the church. Inurnment will be held Saturday, February 2, in the Puxico Cemetery in Puxico. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ozark Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund in Laurie or to the Share the Harvest Food Pantry in Greenview. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.