Graveside services will be held for Doyle McKim, 88, of Manderson on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. at Riverside Memorial Gardens, Worland with Pastor Kent Dempsey officiating. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the Worland Eagles Lodge. On Sept. 19, 2013, our family’s “cornerstone” passed away peacefully in his sleep, and is now reunited with the great love of his life, Bettey Jean McKim.
He was born in Scottsbluff, Neb., on Jan. 11, 1925, to Vern and Sadie McKim. He was honest, possessed great integrity and unsurpassed work ethic. He passed these traits down to his sons, who worked alongside him for the majority of their lives. He grew up in Scottsbluff and was one of 11 children. He moved to San Francisco, Calif., where he gained employment as a welder in the Navy Shipyards. It was here that he met Bettey, whom he always referred to a “kid,” They were married in Auburn, Calif., on June 22, 1944, and spent 65 loving years together. They were separated only by her death. Their love was a powerful testimony to the family, showing them the beauty that comes from a love that endures, grows, and then spreads out to encompass all. He took Bettey from California to Lingle, Wyo., and worked with his brothers in an auto body shop as a mechanic and a painter. From this union three sons were born: Alan, Don and Jim.
Doyle was born to be a farmer and a rancher. After farming for several years in Wyoming, he and his sons acquired a piece of land, which is now known as “McKim Ranch,” in 1970. He felt deep satisfaction in growing crops, cultivating the land and caring for his cattle. He still checked them daily until his death. He was proud of his children/grandchildren and their accomplishments. He was short with words, but long with love, and provided a fine example. He preferred things that had quality in other words made in the U.S.A. He loved Merle Haggard “The Hag,” old westerns, good cooking and his family. He had a dry sense of humor with a slight touch of self-depreciation that will be missed by the family. A good father and grandpa has left us, but his legacy and lessons will live on.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bettey, and all his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his three sons Alan (Pati) McKim, Don (Debbi) McKim and Jim (Robin) McKim all of Manderson. He was “Grandpa” and “Granddad” to 11 and “Grandpa-Great,” “Gramps” or “Big Poppa” to 24 and “Great-great Grandpa” to 1.
Doyle was strong, proud and hard-working. He was the best father and grandfather the family could ever ask for. His love, guidance, strength, and drive will live on in our hearts and in the land he loved. He will be missed greatly but we look forward to a second meeting.