Joseph E. “Buddy” Doyle, 77, of Dyersville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at his home in Dyersville.

Visitation for Buddy was held from 2-8 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a wake service was held at 1:30 p.m. and the Dyersville American Legion Post #137 met in a body at 7 p.m.

A Mass of Christian burial for Buddy was held at 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, with the Rev. Jim Goerend officiating. Eucharistic Ministers were Judy Westermeier and Kathy Boeckenstedt. Lector was Lynn Osterhaus. Placing of the pall was done by Barb Doyle, Tammy and Mike Then, Bryan Then and Jessie Then. Giftbearers were Bryan and Jessie Then. Burial was held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville, with full military honors afforded by the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Casketbearers for Buddy were Dane Wilwert, Bart Osterhaus, Jim Schreiber, Tim Schreiber, Jim Kane, Mike Kane and Ralph Young.

Buddy was born March 18, 1942, in Washington D.C., son of Joseph and Maureen (O’Connell) Doyle. He graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, VA. On June 26, 1965 he was united in marriage to Barbara Westemeier at the Basilica St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville. Buddy worked for Coca-Cola and the City of Dyersville in the Street Department where he retired in 2004. He loved spending time at his cabin, sitting underneath his apple tree in North Buena Vista and boating on the Mississippi River.

He was a member of St. Francis Parish in Dyersville. Buddy was a veteran, having served in the in the United States Army from 1960-1963. He is also a member of the Dyersville American Legion Post #137.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Barbara Doyle, of Dyersville; daughter, Tammy (Mike) Then, of Dyersville; two grandchildren, Jessica and Bryan Then, of Dyersville; sisters, Joanne Daft, of Oxnard, Calif. and Kathleen Kane of Arlington, TX; brother-in-law, Roger (Judy) Westemeier, of Dyersville.

He was welcomed to heaven by his parents; grandson, Matt Then; brother, James (Shirley) Doyle; father and mother-in-law, Benny and Janie Westemeier; brother-in-law, Joe Kane; along with many extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers a Joseph Doyle memorial fund has been established.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com.