Obituaries » Theodore A. Doolittle
January 19, 1928 - May 18, 2017
Theodore A. Doolittle, 89, died on May 18, 2017 from complications of kidney failure. He was born on January 19, 1928 to Theodore C. and Florence L. (Lindsey) Doolittle who preceded him in death. On June 11, 1966 he married C. Sue Myers who survives.
Tad was born in Cleveland, Ohio . He graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1946 He served in the army from 1946-1947 reaching the rank of Corporal. He then joined the Ohio National Guard from 1947-1950 reaching the rank of Master Sergeant. He graduated from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland in 1951 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and in 1959 with an M.S. in industrial Engineering. Tad was an advisor to a church youth group from 1954 to 1961. He worked 2 years in Cincinnati before joining Sohio in Cleveland in 1953 in the Lube processing area.
In July, 1961 he was transferred to Lima remaining in the lube processing area. In 1972 he was promoted to Lube Plant Superintendent. In 1981 he left BP to become Plant Manager of a small lube oil refinery in Bakersfield, California. In 1983 he returned to BP in Cleveland. In 1986 he was again transferred to Lima in the lube processing area. When the lube plant was shut down in 1990 he became a specialist in Process Safety Management. He retired in 1994.
Tad and Sue lived in Cleveland and Ft. Myers, Florida before returning to Lima in 2000. He loved playing cards from rummy, pinochle, canasta, to bridge. He also enjoyed playing softball which he did off and on for 57 years of organized leagues. He loved barbershop music. He was a 10 year member of the local barbershop chorus.
He is survived by two sons, Douglas in Clearwater, Florida and Thomas in Delaware, Ohio, two brothers James Doolittle in Florissant (St Louis), Missouri and Harold Whitmore in Shaker Heights, Ohio, 12 nieces and nephews. An older brother, Robert, died in 2013.
There will be no visitation or services. Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services are in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Lima.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com