Doebler, David Arthur
August 16, 1928 – October 13, 2012
Age 84, of Minneapolis, former President of the National Hay Association, died October 13 at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. Mr. Doebler was born on August 16, 1928 in Syracuse, NY and was a 1945 graduate of Jersey Shore (PA) High School. At 17 near the end of WWII, he enlisted in the Army. He was stationed with the Army Air Corps in the San Francisco Bay area and Alaska, both of which he recalled fondly over the years. After the war, he attended Penn State University and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. In 1951, he married Yvonne Kissell. Together they had 4 children. In 1967, he moved the family to Minneapolis, MN where he became Vice President of the Fruen Milling Company. From Minneapolis, he grew a career in the field of thoroughbred racehorse oats, working for ADM and ConAgra. In 1975, he became CEO and President of U.S. Grain, and in 1978 he founded and was CEO of Great Northern Grain. His products were used by the U.S. Equestrian Team and top thoroughbred racehorses around the world. He was known to be a great teller of tales, an expert map reader with deep knowledge of Pennsylvania geography and history, an experienced fly fisher and hunter, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who delighted and indulged his grandchildren with his tremendous imagination and sense of fun. His family is grateful for the attentive and devoted care of the nurses and physicians at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. His wife, Yvonne Kissell Doebler, preceded him in death. He is survived by his four children David A. Doebler III, Lura Shopteau, and Scot Doebler, all of Minneapolis, and Jennifer Doebler of Berkeley, CA, as well as 7 grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held in Pennsylvania.