By The Mercury

Frederick Muriel Doza, 84, of Leonardville, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. 

The family provided the following information.

Frederick was a resident of Leonardville Nursing Home and was a member of the Leonardville community since 1969.  He was a charter member of the Leonardville Lions Club and a member of American Legion Post 40.

He was born March, 28, 1930 at St. Louis, Mo., the son of Almont Francis and Gertrude Rachel Rogers (Nee) Doza.

He married Alberta Marie Dyle (Nee) Doza and they divorced in 1956.  He then married Leona Spradling and they divorced in 1968.  On March 1, 1969 he married Pauline (Polly) Hays Larson.  She preceded him in death on Oct. 19, 2005.

Mr. Doza worked at the Pittsburgh Plate Glass factory at Crystal City, Mo., prior to entering his military career in February of 1948.  He retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of CW3 from Ft. Riley in 1969.  He had a wide range of jobs including foreman, equipment operator, electrical supervisor, salesman and service station attendant after his retirement from the service.  After retirement, he furthered his education in air condition/refrigeration and computers.  His hobbies included collecting coffee cups, reading mysteries and spending Kansas winters in Zapata, Texas.

During his military career, he was stationed in France, Germany, Korea and Vietnam.  He received several awards and medals: Occupation Medal, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Commandment Medal and the Bronze Star.

He is survived by his two daughters, Barbara Sue Peoples and husband William (Bill) of Syracuse, Mo., and Charlotte Marie Doza (Nee) Lee and husband Robert of Clay Center; stepdaughter Vonnie Bryant of Junction City; stepson Larry Larson and wife Gena of Randolph; 12 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, two sisters: Betty Haverstick of Willis, Texas, and Donna Vest of Georgia, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sons, Frederick Leroy, Francis Eugene and Russell Andrew; a stepson Loren Larson; two grandsons Joseph Frederick and Corey Lee; a great-grandson James David Peoples; three brothers: Eddie, Robert and Jim Doza; one sister Charlotte Roth and two son-in-laws, Bob Bryant and Chuck Johnston.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley, with Pastor Kevin Larson officiating.  Respect calls may be made anytime Wednesday at the funeral home, and the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m.  Burial will be in the Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Manhattan.

A memorial has been established for the Wounded Warrior Project.  Contributions may be left in care of the Anderes-Pfeifley Funeral Home in Riley, KS.

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