CAUSEY, Doyle Oct 28, 1949 – Nov 6, 2021

Doyle Wayne Causey, 72, of Kokomo, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 5:13 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born Oct. 28, 1949, in Elwood, Indiana, to the late Joe D. and Holly Lorraine (Ellenburg) Causey. Doyle was their second-born of five children.
Doyle was a 1967 Kokomo High School graduate and also attended Indiana University in Kokomo.
Doyle served our nation as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division, The Screaming Eagles, in Vietnam. He trained at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Fort Polk, Louisiana, before being sent overseas. While in Vietnam, Doyle’s left ankle was wounded. Then on April 28, 1970, President Nixon deployed American troops into Cambodia. Doyle was wounded twice in Cambodia and listed as M.I.A. He was flown to Japan for treatment of injuries, then to Walter Reed in D.C., and eventually Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana. Doyle was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Combat Infantry Badge.
Doyle married Rose Maria Anthony Nov. 23, 1974, in Kokomo, at Beamer United Methodist Church, and she survives.
Doyle was employed at General Motors in Kokomo for 30 years.
In 1999, Doyle had a vision to build a veterans memorial in Kokomo to honor all veterans. He brought this vision and a picture from his DAV magazine of “The Clasping Hand” statue to the Veterans Committee meeting at UAW Local 292.
Doyle traveled to Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and visited with John Chalk, sculptor of “The Clasping Hand.” The life-sized clasping hand statue was originally made for a veterans group in Pottstown for their memorial site. After meeting with them and John Chalk, it was in agreement that John would cast another statue from the same mold for Doyle’s vision for Kokomo. The Howard County Veterans Memorial Corporation was formed. Land was acquired in Darrough Chapel Park, around the corner from Doyle’s childhood home, for the memorial site.
The dedication of the Howard County Veterans Memorial was Sept. 17, 2000. Doyle was president of the Howard County Veterans Memorial Corporation at its inception and for seven years thereafter. He always felt blessed that his passion to build a memorial in Kokomo for all veterans became a reality and was supported by the whole community. He could not have been more thankful and grateful.
Doyle was saved on June 3, 2007. His rebirth occurred at Radiant Life Ministry Church under the direction of his Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
In addition to his wife, Rose, Doyle is survived by his sisters, Nancy Hostetler, of Fishers, and Kathy (David) Speedy, of Alabama; nephew, Robert Higgins lll, of Tipton; nieces, Holly Speedy, of Virginia, and Hope Speedy, of Alabama; brothers-in-law, John Anthony, Indianapolis, George Anthony Jr. and Dr. Thomas Anthony; sister-in-law, Lona Butcher; nephews, George (Dianna) Butcher, D.J. (Stephanie) Butcher, Shannon Anthony and Samuel Wheeler; nieces, Tammy Gentry, Amber Anthony, Jackie Wheeler, Dana Butcher, Ashley (Bill) Rex, of Indianapolis, Leanna Coons, Bridget Anthony, Missy Anthony, Wendy Anthony and Kaylee Anthony.
Doyle was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Patricia Ann Higgins; brother, Ricky Allen Causey; and his precious Bo.
Doyle was a member of U.A.W. Local 292, American Legion Post 317, Radiant Life Ministry, his beloved church and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Ellers Mortuary, 3400 S. Webster St., Kokomo. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Ellers Mortuary, with Pastor Mike Young officiating. Burial will follow in Crown Point Cemetery.
A special thank you to Matthew L. Mitchell, M.D., at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
May God bless all families who have been touched by COVID.

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