Timothy Doyle

Timothy J. Doyle

May 1, 1941 October 31, 2019

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Obituary for Timothy J. Doyle

Timothy J. Doyle passed away on October 31, 2019 at home in Ypsilanti, MI at the age of 78. He was born on May 1, 1941 in Detroit, MI to his parents, Armour Doyle and Clara Emma Jean Schimmel. Later, Timothy married Karna on September 8, 1967 in Southgate, MI.

Timothy Joseph Doyle was known by many (but not too many) names. To family and friends, he was known as, "Tim," a husband, father, grandpa, friend, confidant, sage, and he might say, most importantly, a pilot. He lived and breathed flying as a commercial certificated pilot in single and multi-engine planes, instrument rated and as a certificated aircraft mechanic. He started flying 55 years ago but he was married for a mere 52 years so that might suggest where priorities were.

Early on, he worked for Airway Underwriters Insurance Company and eventually he founded his own company, Aviation Technical Consultants, and was an aircraft accident investigator and expert witness for trials. To many students he was known as "Professor Doyle" initially teaching insurance law and eventually becoming the Program Director for the Aviation Management Program at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). In the many years he spent developing that program, for which he co-authored textbooks, he made countless friendships with students and colleagues. It seemed everyone in the industry either knew him or his students (or both).

Tim built a Van’s aircraft kit RV-9A which got humorously dubbed “The Mistress” because "she" sometimes seemed to get more time, money and attention than his wife. Well, not really, but maybe? He and his passengers enjoyed zooming around in this little green and white (EMU colors) sports-car-like-plane for many years. She was a meticulously maintained, pride and joy and he flew in her as recently as last month. It should be noted that not every man shares his Mistress as enthusiastically as Tim did. He loved to take people across and above the land to follow the Lewis and Clark Trail, visit the west, or just to look at the colorful trees locally during Fall or to get a meal (the $100 hamburger) at an airport diner.

Tim was steadfast in his support of his wife and kids, including thirty foster kids, through good times and more challenging times. Most everyone can remember his great sense of humor, humble demeanor, engaging teaching style, generosity, and enthusiasm. He knew a little something about everything in matters of history and aviation. In addition to those areas, he enjoyed traveling, music, and social events. He and his wife, Karna were active members of the former Holy Trinity Chapel on the campus of EMU, especially in their Pre-Marriage Seminar Program and serving holiday dinners, for many years. Lifelong friendships were formed there that included fun times in recreational volleyball and softball co-ed leagues with his wife. Always up to something, he also volunteered in retirement for the Red Cross in their military family support unit.

If you didn't know him as "Tim" or "Dad," maybe it was as "Flex Crush" (whom he insisted wasn't married when he flew an all girls' group to West Virginia for white water rafting wearing (him included) pink sweat-shirts that said Doyle's Daredevil Darlings), the "Geezer Hunk" as he was known on Concordia University's campus where he volunteered supporting Karna or "The Man, The Myth, The Legend." They all fit him. Tim enjoyed and shared a life well lived. He loved and also he was loved by so many. He will be missed.

Tim is survived and mourned by his beloved wife, Karna; and their cherished children David (Miki) Doyle, Karen (Peter) LoDico, Sharon Duggan, Stephen (Perla) Doyle, Anthony Doyle; dear grandchildren, Daniel Doyle, Chelsea (Tim) Stevens, Kellen Guinn, Holden Guinn, Claudia Duggan, Jada Doyle, and Jacob Doyle; sweet great grandchild, Calvin Stevens; and extended family members as well as friends he considered family.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m. officiated by Kathleen Dvorak and David Meitzler at Nie Family Funeral Home; 2400 Carpenter Rd., Ann Arbor, MI, 48108.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the Aviation Management Program of Eastern Michigan University, the Alzheimer’s Association or the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles Program or simply the charity of your choice.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday November 7, 2019 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Carpenter Road Chapel
    2400 Carpenter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Thursday November 7, 2019
    3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • A Celebration of a Life Well Lived

    Thursday November 7, 2019 | 4:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Carpenter Road Chapel
    2400 Carpenter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday November 7, 2019
    Kathleen Dvorak

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George Coveney

Tim Doyle is simply the most impressive man it has ever been my honor to know. Knowledgeable in all things, immensely considerate, filled with love for his family and friends, hysterically humorous, always ready for adventures (large or small), along with his loving wife eager to welcome people to their home and lives, and the best friend you could ever have. From fueling my desire to fly and supporting my efforts and rejoicing in my success, to 'back seat' advice that resulted in the best grass field landing I ever made(while I flew him, David, and my Dad to Exit 3 for pie), to helping wrap gifts for our church outreach at Christmas, to countless hours of conversation any time I would drop by, to his compliments on my music, to including me as part of their family’s dinner plans on very short notice, and in countless other ways, knowing Tim has made my life richer. I am forever grateful.

Karna and the kids, you are all in my prayers, may memories of your Husband and Father shine as brightly in your hearts as my memories of him do in mine.

Blessings to all of you,
George Coveney
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SE Robinson

Condolences and prayers are offered to the Karna and the entire family. Tim was a presence in our neighborhood that will be missed. May God wrap you all in his embrace and help you find peace during this time. Scott/Crystal Robinson & Family
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Dave & Mary Clark

"Timothy Doyle" will remain in our hearts forever. i BET Tim and Pappy are talking flying even as we gather to celebrate his life. He was a good man,
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Anne Esposito

Dear Karna,
I am so saddened to hear of Tim's passing. He was so special, not only to me, but to all of his students and those who knew and worked with him. We shared much laughter and a few tears during my years at the University. I never would have received my two degrees without his help and guidance. He was so wise and taught me so much! A very special man indeed.
Please accept my, and Nick's, deepest sympathies and condolences.
With much love to you and your family.
Anne Esposito

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Anne and Nick Esposito

With Deepest Sympathy and Love,
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