Curtis William Doering was born on September 19, 1927 in Galveston, Texas to William Otto & Louise Elizabeth (Werner) Doering. He was baptized on October 9, 1927 at St. John Lutheran Church in Galveston by Rev. A.F. Michalk and was confirmed on April 6, 1941 at St. John Lutheran Church in Galveston by Rev. E.A. Nerger. Curtis graduated from Concordia High School in Austin in 1944. He served in the U.S. Army having obtained the rank of Sergeant before receiving his Honorable Discharge on January 22, 1947. He was united in marriage to Ruth Eleanor Michalk on March 28, 1948 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Riesel, Texas by Rev. A.F. Michalk. Their union was blessed with six children, Martin, Catherine, Carolyn, Allen, Patricia and Rebecca.
Curtis began his working career with the Santa Fe Railroad before joining American National Insurance Company in Galveston. He retired from American National as Assistant Vice President after 37 years of service. While in Galveston, Curtis was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir and served in various offices. He and Ruth were also members of the All American Choir with American National. He loved to sing and music was always a big part of his life. Curtis took an active role in the Walther League, the Texas District Church Extension Fund, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Texas, served as a Lamplighter for AAL and served as president of the Senior Citizen Center in Giddings for seven years. He was a huge supporter of Camp Lone Star and Concordia Lutheran College and was named an Outstanding Alumni of Concordia. Following his retirement, he and Ruth moved to Giddings where they were active members of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Curtis enjoyed bowling and golfing and was able to create wonderful homemade kites. Most of all, he will be remembered as a faithful servant of the Lord.
Curtis was received into the arms of the Lord during the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 29, 2012 after a brief stay at St. Mark's Medical Center in La Grange.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Seth Jacob Doering.
Curtis is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Ruth Doering of Giddings, TX; six children, Rev. Martin E. & Sandra Doering of Bellwood, IL, Catherine & Robert Ashcraft of Pearland, TX, Carolyn & Mark Boerger of Austin, TX, Rev. Allen & Mary Jo Doering of Kingwood, TX, Patricia & Rev. Ken Mitschke of Schertz, TX and Rebecca & Greg Peterson of Schertz, TX; thirteen grandchildren, Rachel & Brandon Eells of Chicago, IL, Joshua Doering of Little Rock, AR, Jessica & Jayse Mayo of Katy, TX, Karl & Ashley Ashcraft of Dallas, TX, Elizabeth & Christopher Bernhardt of Tulsa, OK, Mary & Rev. Daniel Suelzle of Eugene, OR, Anna Doering of Honolulu, HI, Ted & Chelsey Doering of St. Louis, MO, Matthew Doering of Kingwood, TX, William Mitschke of Austin, TX, Andrew Mitschke of Schertz, TX, Emily Peterson of Schertz, TX and Timothy Curtis Peterson of Schertz, TX; four great grandchildren, Lucinda Paul Eells of Chicago, IL, Norah Suelzle of Eugene, OR, Ephraim Suelzle of Eugene, OR and Micaiah Ashcraft of Dallas, TX; sister, Elizabeth Louise & William "Dub" Crofford of Dallas, TX; two brothers, Marvin & Joyce Doering of Portland, OR and William & Dorothy Doering Jr. of Ponca City, OK as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giddings with Rev. Keith Aschenbeck and Rev. Robert Tiner officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by Giddings American Legion Post 276, will immediately follow in the Giddings City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday, March 5, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Sunday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Serving as pallbearers Jayse Mayo, Chris Bernhardt, Karl Ashcraft, Will Mitschke, Andrew Mitschke, Tim Peterson and Joshua Doering.
Memorials may be made to the Curtis & Ruth Doering Scholarship Fund at Concordia University, the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Texas or St. John Lutheran Church in Galveston.