Oliver F. “Doc” Maskil, a colorful Pottawatomie County newspaper editor and judge, died Monday at Mercy Regional Health Center at age 87.
A lifetime resident of the Westmoreland area, “Doc” Maskil joined the Merchant Marine following graduation from Westmoreland High School in 1942. He graduated from K-State in 1950, saw service during the Korean War and wrote for a time in Kansas City before becoming editor of the Westmoreland Recorder — which his family had owned since the turn of the century — in 1953.
He remained in that position until being named a magistrate judge in 1979, and retired from the judgeship in 1993.
As an editor and judge. “Doc” Maskil was readily recognizable for an ever-present corncob pipe, which he used more as a prop than for smoking. Although universally known as “Doc,” he had no medical training of any sort, and used to say he acquired the nickname as a child due to a perceived resemblance to the real town doctor at the time.
Services are pending with Stewart Funeral Home of Wamego. Complete obituary and service information will be announced later.