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James A. Doan, 64, of 1769 Bucktail Rd., St. Marys, died Sunday morning, April 29, 2012, at his residence after a lengthy illness.
He was born May 20, 1947, in Little Rock, Ark., son of the late Loyce E. and Nanna M. Niesler Doan.
He was a graduate of Aviation High School in Redondo Beach, Calif., and had resided in St. Marys since 1995.
On Nov. 14, 1966, in California, he married Sheryl J. Parsons, who survives.
James was a Vietnam veteran, serving from 1968-1969 as a Chemical Warfare Specialist attached to the 596th Quarter Master Detachment based out of California. He received the Army Achievement Medal, the Vietnam Service Ribbon, Vietnam campaign and the National Defense Service Medal. He was a life member of the Hall-Moore-Starner (Ridgway) V.F.W. Post 5887.
After bravely serving this great country, he tirelessly worked for Sparklets/McKesson Corp. as a refrigeration specialist, retiring after 24 years of dedicated service.
In his spare time, he enjoyed creating, constructing, and manufacturing dune buggies with his lifelong good friend, Don "Big D" McMillan. He took great pride in taking his family to Galmis, Pismo Beach, and the Imperial deserts of California to camp and ride ATVs and his newly created dune buggies.
After relocating to Pennsylvania, he worked for MexAmerica Foods and GKN in Emporium for a brief period of time. He then assisted with mower and small engine repairs at Steve's Mower and small engine repair shop in St. Marys. He had a wonderful relationship with Steve and his whole family, for which they will always be forever grateful.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa Marie Hicks (Rickey) of Portland Mills; a son, Thomas A. Doan and his fiancee Dottie Bryington of Johnsonburg; four grandchildren, Richard Lee Hicks, Joshua James Hicks, Desiree Kathryn Hicks, and Summer Ashley Doan; two great-grandsons, Christian Lee Hicks and Patrick Wyatt Hicks; a sister, Deborah Slonecker of Arkansas; two brothers, Charles Doan of California and Gary Doan of Arkansas; and by nieces, nephews, and friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Doan.
Funeral services and committal for James A. Doan will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
There will be no visitation.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Veterans Monuments, P.O. Box 594, St. Marys, PA 15857; or to the Hall-Moore-Starner VFW Post 5887, 117 Main St., Ridgway, PA 15853.
The Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.