Wayne O. Doolittle of Erie and formerly Waterford, went to his eternal resting place on Monday, December 27, 2021 at Corry Manor surrounded by his loving family. He was 88 years old, born February 1, 1933 in Union City, the son of the late Harold Davis Doolittle and Wilmina Waterhouse Doolittle. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Allen Doolittle, who passed in 2013.
Wayne’s family includes his son, Jim Doolittle (Nancy), and daughter, Joyce Close (Dale); his sister, Phyllis Russell (Chet); 3 granddaughters, Julie McAninch, Erin McAninch, and Ashley Shaner (Matt); 3 great-grandchildren, Lilith Rose Daman, Fiona and Tanner Shaner; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Wayne and Martha will most likely be remembered for their many years of owning and operating Doolittle’s Market in downtown Waterford. After serving in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sargent stationed at Fort Bragg during the Korean War, Wayne returned home to help his father at the market, which turned into his career from 1960 until 1986. He then worked for many years at Russell’s Furniture and Design Studio in Waterford, his sister and brother-in-law’s business.
Active in the Waterford community, Wayne was a member of Stancliff Hose Company and had previously served as Chief, and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing tenor saxophone in area bands, including the East Erie Turners, the Millcreek Band, and the Gem City Band, and a favorite pastime was watching the Lawrence Welk Show.
Wayne loved his family and friends very much, and, of course, he loved his granddogs. He will be missed, but will be loved forever.
Visiting hours will be at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford on Thursday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. The funeral service will take place at Asbury Methodist Church in Waterford on Friday at 11:00 a.m. followed by burial with military honors at Waterford Cemetery. Rev. Tori Heath will officiate.
Deep gratitude is extended from the Doolittle family to the staff at the VA Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, and Corry Manor.