Hamilton County


Capt. William Nelson Doughten




William Nelson Doughten was born Jan. 11, 1921 to Charles Arthur “The Skipper” and Pansy Belle Nelson Doughten. He died May 15, 1978 and is buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Des Moines, IA.

Capt. Doughten served with the U.S. Air Force in World War II.

His Obituary:

William Doughten, 57, a former Webster City resident, died Monday evening at a Des Moines hospital after being taken seriously ill at his store, Doughten’s Auto Supply in Ankeny.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ with burial to be made at Chapel Hill cemetery, Des Moines.

William Doughten, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doughten, was born Jan. 11, 1921, in Woolstock, Iowa, but was reared and educated in Webster City and was graduated from high school here.

He had been operating his auto supply service in Ankeny for 24 years.

He is survived by his wife Jeannine and two daughters, Mrs. Bonnie Jeannine Pence of Des Moines, and Mrs. Gwynne Burke of Ankeny; two sisters, Mrs. Audrey Batcheller of Littleton, Colo., and Mrs. Bonnie Sturts of Ankeny; one brother Basil Doughten of Des Moines, and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a veteran of World War II, having been a lieutenant-colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Logic Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, the VFW and the Chamber of Commerce, all of Ankeny.

~Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - May 17, 1978

Source: ancestry.com