William “David” Doell | Obituary

William “David” Doell, 80, died on February 24, 2022, after a valiant battle with lung cancer. He was born in New Braunfels, Texas and raised in Fischer. He attended school until 8th grade at the one-room Fischer Store school. He attended high school in Blanco, San Marcos and New Braunfels and graduated from Canyon High School in 1960.

He has been a resident of Killeen since 1971. He spent over 22 years in the US military as a helicopter pilot and helicopter test pilot with over 3,000 flight hours, earning the rank of CW4. David has done 2 tours in Vietnam and 2 tours in Germany. In Vietnam, he flew UH-1 Hueys on his first tour and an AH-1 Cobra gunship on the second tour. He won many awards and medals during his military career, including the Master Army Aviator Award, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and 14 Air Medals. After earning an associate’s degree from Central Texas College and retiring from the military, he briefly sold real estate. He then returned to work in aircraft maintenance and was employed by DynCorp Aerospace Operations for 11 years as a maintenance supervisor.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He volunteered at Habitat for Humanity in Killeen and served on the board for 8 years. He was an integral part of an Alzheimer’s disease support group in Harker Heights for many years. David has been attending Maxdale Cowboy Church for a few years. He was particularly fond of vintage cars, motorcycles, fishing and hunting.

David was predeceased by his parents, Monte and Maurine Doell; his sister, Marilyn (Doell) Maroney; his wife of 46 years Sue (Lester) Doell; and a grandson, Logan Doell.

He is survived by a special friend and companion, Marion Clark; his daughter Teresa (Doell) Lawrence; son Troy Doell; her daughter Lyndi (Doell) Moon and her husband Scott Moon; granddaughter Shaylene (Doell) Hernandez; and grandson Mason Moon. David also has 5 great-grandchildren; Jonathan Doell, Aliyah Hernandez, Cheyenne Doell, James Doell and Olivia Hernandez. He also leaves many good friends and neighbors.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the caregivers at Morada Temple and a special thank you to Melissa and the team at Amedisys Hospice Care. The family also enjoys the care of oncologist, Dr. Sripriya Santhanam, from Baylor Scott & White Medical Center and Killeen Cancer Center.

A visitation will be held Thursday, March 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home (506 N. 38th Street in Killeen). A “Celebration of Life” rally will be held at Valley Church in Canyon Lake on Saturday, March 5 at 11:30 a.m. (14181 FM 306 in Canyon City). Internment at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery will take place at a later date. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

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