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Marston Doolittle - July 05, 2012


Marston Doolittle, 75, of rural North Platte, Neb. died on July 5, 2012 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., as the result of a severe head injury he received while hiking with several of his children.
He was born to Hosmer and Mabel Atkinson Doolittle in North Platte on Jan. 10, 1937 and was baptized in the Episcopal Church of Our Savior. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1955.
He was drafted into the army in 1958, spending two years in Bad Kissingen, Germany, where he met and married Heidi Lorenz in 1959. He returned to North Platte and in 1964 was seriously injured in an electrical accident on the farm. He married Mary Proctor on May 3, 1970 and their lives were blessed by 11 children. He was a lifelong farmer and rancher.
Marston enjoyed being surrounded by his family and they went on many picnics and camping trips together. He was a kind and giving grandpa, often giving his grandchildren little keepsakes like arrowheads, rocks, and coins. He was very compassionate to the sick or needy, and deeply loved nature and animals.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Micah in 1996 and Mark in 2006.
He is survived by daughter-in-law, Gayla Doolittle of Mifflinburg Pa.; six daughters, Molly and husband Charles Nightengale, Minnie and husband Jerry Schmidt, Miranda and husband Marshall Koehn, Mia and husband Tyson Koehn, and Maria Doolittle, all of Madrid, Neb. and Martha and husband Russell Koehn of Burns, Kan.; three sons, Martin and wife Kim presently serving as missionaries in the Dominican Republic, Elkanah and wife Kendra and Hosmer and wife Jana, all of Madrid; 12 grandsons, 13 granddaughters; one sister, Marilyn and husband Bud Rand of Ft. Collins, Colo.; two nieces and one nephew; Mary Doolittle, the mother of his children, of Madrid; close friends, Pat and Heidi Kelley of North Platte and Heidi Lucas in Germany.
Funeral services were held July 11 at the Golden Plains Mennonite Church west of Madrid.
Burial was in the North Platte City Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.