DANVILLE — Richard Mervin Doggett was born Aug. 18, 1945, in Warrington, England, and passed on Sept. 4, 2013, with his family by his side.
Rich was preceded by his mother, Gwladys Myfanwy Doggett.
He is survived by his loving father, David Arthur Doggett; and his uncle, Dean Miller (his wife, Jenny). He was also survived by his daughters, Cinda (her husband, Michael DeCario) and Samantha (her husband, Yaniv Offir); and his three grandchildren, Maya Danielle, Aitan Joseph and Etai David Offir.
Rich grew up in Danville close to family and friends. He graduated from Drake University in 1967 and continued on to graduate law school a few short years later. He worked at the state legislature in Des Moines, Iowa, and even ran for state senate during this time.
He then moved on to Chicago to further his legal experience as a corporate counsel for General Reinsurance. Living in Crystal Lake, he commuted on the train every day for work.
After a couple of years and the birth of his daughter Samantha the family returned to his hometown of Danville to work in a law office and eventually establish his own practice.
Rich gained a passion for bowling and golf from his father and passed that on to both children. His joy of playing golf and the possibility of playing year-round is in part what led him to move to Florida in 1993. He even began his own side business of repairing golf clubs and creating custom sets. Some of his first “clients” were his grandchildren, Maya and Aitan, who received their junior sets around the age of 6 and 7!
Rich sincerely enjoyed his family and friends and lived life to the fullest, taking to heart the saying “Work hard, play hard.” He will be long thought of, missed and loved by those who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.
A memorial service will be 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Pape Funeral Home on 10 E. Williams St., Danville.