James E. Doocy
James "Jim" Edward Doocy, longtime operator of Abilene's Best Western President's Inn, Army Vet, community benefactor, and father of five passed away Saturday February 8, 2014 at Salina Regional Health Center after a brief illness. He was 80.
Born April 1, 1933 in Swea City, Iowa to Helen and William Doocy, Jim was the second of seven children. After high school, he was drafted into the Army, and proudly served in the United States and Germany. Upon returning to the US, Jim and his new wife JoAnne raised five children in Kansas, where the Doocy family moved in the early 1960's.
Jim worked in sales and construction, and he and JoAnne were longtime managers of the Best Western President's Inn.
Active in his community, Jim served for nearly two decades on the Abilene Convention and Visitor's Bureau. He coordinated the Chisolm Trail Centennial for the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Jim was a longtime 4-H leader, volunteer basketball coach, and named the Jaycees Man of the Year, for his community service.
In his retirement, Jim was busy refinishing furniture, caring for his grandkids, and passionately talking politics, at the family owned restaurant The Dish in downtown Abilene.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnne and brother Billy and is survived by his children Steve Doocy of Wyckoff, NJ; Cathy Curtis of Wadsworth, Ohio; Lisa Doocy of Abilene; Ann Walker of Abilene; Jenny Doocy of Abilene; four sisters; Mary Nemmers, Patty Bernhard, Sherry Nitz, Helen Marie Doocy; and a brother Phill Docy. Jim leaves eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, February 12th, at St. Andrews Catholic Church with Fr. Henry Baxa as Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Mt. St. Joseph Cemetery. A Parish Rosary will be recited 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 11th, with family visitation following until 6:30 at the Danner Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to the Salina Regional Health Center Morrison House. They may be left at the church the day of the service or left at or sent in care of the Danner Funeral Home POB 758 Abilene, Kansas 67410.