TRAVERSE CITY — Charles Harry “Charlie” Doe, of Traverse City, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, just short of his 92nd birthday, at Tendercare of Traverse City. Charlie was born on Friday, July 28, 1922, to the late Harry and Charlotte (Fisher) Doe in Omena.
He married Marianne Garland Lyon (and her three young sons) at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Traverse City in 1954. He and Marianne added a fourth son to the family in 1955. Marianne preceded Charlie in death in 2001.
Prior to his retirement Charlie had been the transportation director for the Traverse City Area Public Schools Bus Garage. As such, he became well known throughout the Grand Traverse region for his daily radio appearance during which he would announce which roads and school bus routes would be closed because of bad weather.
Charlie was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and of the Old Mission American Legion.
In his younger years he was an avid traveler and fisherman. Card playing was a life-long passion and he was quietly proud of having had two perfect hands in cribbage, one of them just recently.
He lived on the Old Mission Peninsula for over 60 years enjoying his backyard pond and waterfall. He was locally famous for the large sign in his front yard, on which he would post quotes and quips for all to see as they drove by, and for the American flag, which he proudly displayed year-round.
Charlie is survived by his sons, Greg (Kathy Duffy) Lyon, of San Francisco, Steve (Nanci Leo) Lyon, of Frankenmuth, and Charles F. (Sue Taylor) Doe, of Traverse City; a daughter-in-law, Linda (Ted) Szczepanski, of Cheboygan; a sister, Avis Wolfe, of Northport; his dear companion of the last several years, Louise Kane, of Traverse City; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Charlie was preceded in death by his son, Jeff Lyon in 2006.