Steve Doyle, 71

Marine and passionate cook

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Steve Murray Doyle, 71, of Bowling Green, Ohio, formerly of Oak Park, died on April 8, 2019, too early, at the age of 71, after more than three years of coping with prostate cancer. Born to John and Patricia Doyle in Chicago on Jan. 16, 1948, the third of eight children, he grew up in Chicago as an adventurous, inquisitive, daredevil kind of child with minimal adult supervision, which led to many hard-to-believe (but actually true) stories. He joined the Marines at age 17, was honorably discharged 3 years later, and was fond of saying, "You can always tell a Marine, but not much."

He loved math, science and everything about airplanes. He was like a walking encyclopedia about history, physics, art, opera, and on and on. He loved all kinds of music but his favorites were the Beatles and the Eagles.

Priding himself on being able to fix most anything, he was skilled in electronics, plumbing, carpentry, technology, photography, you name it. He gave of his time and talents to so many family and friends.

But his greatest passion was cooking. He took such pleasure in the whole process — shopping for just the right ingredients (known to drive to Ann Arbor for the exact cut of meat he wanted), preparing sometimes for hours, and then serving with beautiful presentation. Cooking for those he cared about was his therapy.

An introvert who struggled at times with feelings of not belonging though loved by many, he found it difficult sometimes to blend in comfortably. Those close to him gave him space to be himself, which worked well most of the time.

In the last few years, Steve enjoyed researching family history. He discovered that the Doyles came from Ireland in the early 1800s to Canada, settling in Caledonia, Ontario. He and Carol made their first trip to Ireland in 2015 and he said, "I feel like I belong here."

They met in Oak Park after living there for many years. An odd couple of sorts, love and humor prevailed, even in the difficult times. They married in 1998 and celebrated their 20th anniversary in September. They moved from Oak Park to Bowling Green in 2013. It took some time to adjust but it got better and better.

Steve is the father of Sean (Justine) Hurley, Brian (Kathleen) Doyle and Stephanie Doyle; grandfather of Liam Doyle and Jahnavi Hurley. Family blending brought him daughters Meredith (Andy Weiner) Kinsey, Blythe (Jim Arndoldt) Kinsey and Jennifer Kinsey along with grandchildren Clay and CeBe Weiner and Caden and Cale Clinger. Carol's first husband, Terry Kinsey and his husband Jay Cohen are also important loves in the family story. Carol's sister Margaret Montague was an ever-present, ever-caring support for both Carol and Steve, especially during his ending time.

In addition to Carol, Steve is survived by his sisters, Ann Dillon and Gilmary Andrews, and brothers Christopher, Mark and Basil. Brothers David and Michael died previously.

He wished to be cremated and have part of his ashes placed on the farmland in Caledonia, Ontario, and the remainder taken to Ireland, which will be lovingly done soon.

Steve benefited from blood transfusions in the last months, so he requested that anyone able and willing please donate blood in his memory, or give of yourselves in a way that feels most important. Deep appreciation to Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their care and support of both Steve and Carol.

Services have been held.

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