Thursday, February 23, 2023

Obituary - Orval Ray Doty

Orval R. Doty, age 88, resident of Fort Scott, KS died February 16, 2023, at Arma Health and Rehab, Arma, KS, from complications following a stroke. We are grateful he is no longer suffering. Orval was born September 14, 1934, in Fort Scott to William Bradford Doty and Erma Marie Marshall Doty. They preceded him in death as did brothers, Roy Doty, Bob Doty, Delbert Doty, Larry Moore and one sister Jean Doty Cook. He was also preceded in death by two infant sons, Norman Doty, and Gerald W. Doty.

Orval is a Marine Veteran of the Indochina War and the Korean War. During his service he earned several service medals for his bravery in battle. He never liked people knowing what medals he had, so we won’t share. Orval was a member of VFW Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165, Fort Scott, KS. As a member he headed the Honor Guard for many years. He was very dedicated to giving respect to the US Flag and any Service Member.

Orval, upon being honorably discharged from the Marines, attended Pittsburg College Electronic School, and went on to work for Montgomery Wards as a TV Service Repair Man in Bartlesville, OK and Great Bend, KS. Upon returning to Fort Scott with his family in 1965, he worked for Comstock Service Station while attending FSCC. After graduating from FSCC, Orval worked for Dover Elevator Company as a Helper for many years and later as Construction Superintendent until he retired. Upon retirement, Shirley and Orval moved back to Ft Scott, KS.

He is survived by one sister, Betty Doty Nichols, Joplin, Mo, His Wife, “His Main Squeeze,” Shirley M Andrews Doty and five children. Jacque K Doty, “Jackson, Queen, Short Nose,” Fort Scott, KS, Orval R. Doty Jr, “Old Man,” (Teresa) Blue Mound, KS, David, “Shorty,” DeSoto, KS, Susan Doty Plummer, “Baby D,” (Dave) Desoto, KS, and John B Doty, “Baby Boy,” Fort Scott, KS. Orval was a wonderful Poppy to eight grandchildren, Brooke M. Crossley, “Brat”, Panama City Beach, Fl, Brad A. Crossley, “Tuff”, (Emma) Olathe, KS, Brittany S. Normand Kibel, “Macaroon”, Colby, KS, Amy M. Doty Reynolds, “Squeeky,” (Wally) DeSoto, KS, William R. Doty, “Morty,” (Andrea) Shawnee, KS, Krissy L. Plummer Lohmeyer, “Wrinkles,” (Eric) Barrington, IL, Amanda K. Plummer, “Tator,” DeSoto, KS and Dylan R Doty, “Baby Boy Jr.,” Fort Scott, KS, thirteen great grandchildren, Amy, Cameron, Kimber, Tristan, Kaylee, Maddie, Lucas, Sophia, Adeline, Emma, Chase, Peyton, and Brady and One great-great grandchild, Luna.

Graveside services for Orval will be held at 1:30 PM Wednesday, March 1, at the U. S. National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to VFW Olson-Frary-Burkhard Post 1165 and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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