Updated: Mon 7:55 AM, Nov 13, 2017
October 13, 1924 - November 8, 2017
Philip Doyle Gougler, loving husband and father, passed from this life on November 8, 2017. A graveside service will be held at 2PM Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the College Station Cemetery on Texas Ave.
Doyle was born in Galveston, Texas to Herbert Philip and Eura "Mary" Gougler. After suffering the loss of his father at age eight and the depravities of the Great Depression, his family finally settled in the Texas hill country, where he graduated from Medina High School in 1943.
As with most men of his generation, Word War II soon called him to serve his country. As an Army combat infantryman, he saw active duty in the Philippines in 1945 and in the occupation of Japan in 1946. Soon after returning home, with the help of the G. I. Bill, he attended Texas A&M, earning BS degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Journalism in 1950 and 1952. During college, he met the love of his life, Priscilla Matthews, while working summers at a dude ranch. They were married on July 7, 1951, and settled in Houston where Doyle covered agricultural events for the Houston Post. He completed his Masters degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Houston in 1960. Shortly after, he returned to Texas A&M to teach journalism and write agricultural research stories. He retired from A&M in 1987.
Doyle was an avid member of the A&M sailing club and a longtime member of the Westerners. In between laughing his way through his favorite Red Skelton, Carol Burnett and Laurel & Hardy shows, Doyle dabbled in wine making and gardening, and according to his friends and family, was a legendary bread maker. After retirement, he took up playing the tuba and became a member of the Brazos Valley Community Band. He finally "retired" from the band close to the age of 90.
Doyle is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Marilee. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Priscilla; son and daughter-in-law, Phil & Jody Gougler of College Station; son and daughter-in-law Robert & Keather Gougler of Murphy, NC; grandchildren: J.P. Gougler and wife Amy, Kate Gougler and Alanis Gougler; great granddaughter Chloe Gougler; cousins, nieces, nephews and their families.
The family wishes to thank the compassionate care and support provided by everyone from the Isle at Watercrest and Encompass Home Health and Hospice.
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