Michael Hannig Doyle, also known as Mike, Pops, Pop Pop, Papa Smurf, Dad, Gunner .Lived to be 69 years of age. Resident of Wheeling, West Virginia .Born and raised in Wheeling, WV, Mike was a local boy who proved to be a force on the wrestling mat. It was apparent at a young age that he would fight for what he loved and believed in and he did so his entire life. The only things that changed were the causes and ideals he was fighting for. He would fight for what was right and do so regardless of repercussions.
From the day he enlisted in the Marines he was selected to commission to warrant officer. The leader in him shined beyond his rank through his career. He proudly served his country for 24years in the USMC in which he was fighting for the rights and freedoms of all Americans. He moved through ranks with his sheer power of will to always be the best at everything he did.
There was no stopping him. He proved himself in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and even at sea when he saved many lives in preventing what could have been a total disaster. He earned his stripes up to becoming a Chief Warrant Officer 4. He was driven by always doing what was right and he pissed off a lot of his superiors in doing so but he always did what he knew was the right thing to do.
He was relentless in all his battles and in doing so, became a hero to many. From fighting on the battlefield to coaching wrestling teams for his kids to leading his peers on the softball field; Being a leader was a lifestyle choice for him. He reminded everyone around him to hold on to their principles and fight for them no matter the cost.
As he wound down his military career he stayed in the fight and worked as a civilian in Kuwait for many years. He supported the local community as coach and mentor to the youth while he was there. He was always helping those less fortunate than he, even with nukes flying over head, he was there to serve. Knowing that he had escaped death many times, he was grateful for all that he had and knew that if he wanted to keep that, he had to give it away and without expectation of return.
When he finally returned home to Wheeling and into retirement he did not retire at all. He continued in his passion of serving others and did so alongside the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Alcoholics Anonymous, and as a founding member of the Northern Panhandle Veterans Council. He gave his all in supporting countless people through their addictions into sobriety, supporting veterans from homelessness back into lives of dignity. He did so much work that he was recognized with the award for service, The Chapel of the Four Chaplains. For this his name was permanently added to the Chapel Wall at the Naval Shipyards in Philadelphia , PA.
He accomplished many great things but if you asked him what his greatest accomplishment was he would tell you it was his kids.
Preceded in death by Bruce Doyle. Survived by his loving wife Lynette Doyle and children Kelly (Bill) Hay, Charles Keys, Katherine (Rob) Doyle-Steenburgh, Patti (Ashley) Doyle; siblings Betsy Doyle, Patrick Doyle (Judy), Matthew Doyle (Chris), and Dan Doyle (Cindy) ; 11 grandchildren.
Friends will be received on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 from 2-8 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Elm Grove, Wheeling. Services will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm with Rev. Jeremiah McSweeny and Rev. Paul CaBrita officiating. Interment to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling with Full Graveside Military Honors
** In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Helping Heroes of America in Mike & #39;s honor. <https://helpingheroesofamerica.org/cause/donate-now/>.
Date: Monday, September 27, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm