December 25, 1933–June 29, 2020
Richard Eugene Doke, age 86, Joplin, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Freeman West Hospital after a sudden illness.
Richard was born December 25, 1933 in Joplin, son of the late Guy and Opal Doke. He attended Joplin Schools, and worked for the City of Joplin for 42 years as a mechanic in the Maintenance Department. After his official retirement, he spent many hours servicing his many friends and family members lawn equipment.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmie Doke, and a sister, Louise Doke.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Earlene Doke; sons, Randy Doke of Seneca, Missouri, and Gary Doke and wife Pam of Joplin; grandchildren, Darren Doke and Stacey Hensley; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Lloyd Doke of Joplin; several nieces and nephews; and his grand-dog and faithful companion who never left his side, Gabby.
Funeral services will be Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Neal Ball officiating. Interment will follow in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary on Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.