Obit: Doyle, John (1892 - 1950)

Contact: Stan

Surnames: Doyle, Gierl, Hildensperger, Anderson

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 01/19/1950

Doyle, John (Dec. 1892 - 14 Jan. 1950)

John Doyle, age 67, a hired man on the Morris Gierl farm, a mile north and four and one-half miles east of Abbotsford, Wisconsin, died in the flaming wreckage of his 14x16 foot log cabin about 10:30 P.M. Saturday. The body was burned beyond recognition, according to John J. Hildensperger, Marathon County coroner. Hildensperger termed the death accidental after an autopsy indicated death had been caused by suffocation. Doyle apparently had been sleeping at the time of the blaze. He lived alone at the cabin.

Clifford Anderson, a neighbor, first noticed the flames and notified Gierl, who in turn called the Abbotsford Volunteer Fire Department. Twelve firemen and a truck arrived on the scene about 11 A.M. and chemicals were used to prevent the body from being totally consumed.

Investigating officials are of the opinion that the fire was caused by an overheated stove.

The body was taken to the Zink Funeral Home at Abbotsford, Wis. Funeral services were held Wednesday at St. Ann’s Catholic church at Stanley.

Mr. Doyle was born in December, 1892, served in World War I, and was employed as a lumberman for most of his life. He had been working for Gierl for the past three years.

Surviving are two brothers and two sisters.



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