Richard Kent Doze, 78, Emporia: July 4, 1937 – Oct. 6, 2015 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Richard Kent Doze, 78, Emporia: July 4, 1937 – Oct. 6, 2015

EMPORIA – Richard Kent Doze passed away Oct. 6, 2015, at his home in Emporia, Kan., with his family in attendance. Kent was born July 4, 1937, in Norwich, Kan., to Richard “Dick” C. Doze and Naomi Belle Ravenstien.

He attended kindergarten in Joplin, Mo., and the next 12 years in Conway Springs, Kan., graduating from high school in 1955. He loved participating in basketball, football, track and baseball. He and three of his classmates formed a quartet and sang together in school and even sang for funerals. After he was married, he loved to entertain his wife by singing many of his favorite songs.

Kent received his associate degree from Arkansas City Junior College, Arkansas City, Kan., in 1957. He attended one semester with his friend, Jim Brown, at Emporia State University and graduated from Pittsburg State Teachers College (now Pittsburg State University), Pittsburg, Kan., in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Kent taught eighth grade classes and coached all sports at Gueda Springs, Kan., for two years. He then taught eighth grade classes and coached for six years; serving as acting principal four of those years for Carbondale Rural Grade School, Carbondale, Kan. Kent served for seven years on the school board for Brewster, Kan., schools.

Kent loved working with his Grandpa Cub Doze and his father in home repair and remodeling from the time he could hold a hammer. He built three homes in Colby, Kan., and through the years built countless room additions and remodeled many homes. He shared a passion of hunting and fishing with his grandfather and dad and later with his five sons and several friends. He also had a passion for playing baseball, softball and slow pitch. He loved coaching boys’ teams and coached in Del City, Okla.; in Colby and Brewster, Kan. In his later years he loved watching his sons and grandsons participate in sports.

Kent worked 20 years for Ace Services/Golden Plains Ag Tech in Colby.

He was baptized in the Christian Church of Conway Springs, Kan., and in 1977 was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Midwest City, Okla. In later years he attended the Methodist Church in Brewster; the United Churches of Christ (Congregational) in Carbondale; and Grace United Methodist Church in Emporia.

Kent met the girl who became his wife in Carbondale. He and Vicki Lynn Bever were married in the Carbondale Congregational Church (now Community United Church of Christ) on Aug. 1, 1965. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Kent is survived by his wife, Vicki; five sons, Richard Cub Doze and wife, Saowalux, Nanjing, China; Mel Dustin Doze and wife, Karen, Syracuse, Kan.; Jared Royce Doze, of the home; David Colby Christian Doze, Topeka, Kan.; and Jesse Cary Curtis Doze, Howard/Apple Valley Lake, Ohio; three grandsons, Brett Dylan Doze, Lawrence, Kan., Cody Lane Doze, Syracuse, and Curtis Austin Doze, Howard/Apple Valley Lake; sister: Barbara Doze Jenkins, Arkansas City; niece, Tammy Jenkins Bain (David), two nephews Donnie Jenkins (Rita) and Chad Jenkins, all of Arkansas City; seven grand nieces and nephews and nine great grand nieces and nephews.

His parents, one niece and one grand niece preceded him in death.

A celebration of life memorial service was held at the Community United Church of Christ in Carbondale, Oct. 10. A private family burial service was to be held in the Carbondale Cemetery.

Flowers are welcome and memorial contributions may be made to the Kent Doze Memorial Fund, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at

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