Charles Frederick Doane Jr.

September 25, 1925December 2, 2013

Charles F. Doane, Jr. Lansing, Michigan

Charles Frederick Doane, Jr., 88, of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away December 2, 2013. He was born on September 25, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Charles Frederick Doane, Sr. and Gladys (Barnecut) Doane. Charles F. “Bud” Doane, Jr. graduated from Michigan State University in 1948 with a degree from the College of Business. Bud loved airplanes as a young boy. During WWII he enlisted in the Army Air Force Pilot Training Program. When he graduated from high school, while awaiting active duty orders, he studied engineering at MSU which helped later when dealing with aircraft.

After the war, he returned to MSU and finished his degree in Business on the G.I. Bill. Following graduation, Bud re-entered the Air Force for four more years, flying several airplanes in several places, including Korea. After the war, Bud returned to East Lansing and met and married Dorothy M. “Dottie” Doane. Bud then joined the International Programs staff, and the Doanes traveled extensively for MSU to help establish the MSU presence in Nigeria, Pakistan, Nepal, and other places. Bud retired from MSU as Director of the Office of Overseas Support. Bud was dearly loved by his family. He played an important role in the lives of his nieces and nephews David, Chris, Julie, and Jeff Marshall. He brought immense amounts of joy and laughter into our lives and we will miss him greatly. He was an inspiration to us all with his love of life and his ability to embrace new experiences. He loved interacting with people and he and Dottie made friends wherever they went. Bud was preceded in death by his sister, Bev Marshall, and brothers-in-law, Gary Marshall and John Malloy. Surviving are sister-in-law, Lois Malloy, and nieces and nephews: David (Tricia) Marshall, Chris Marshall, Julie Marshall, Jeff (Jill) Marshall, Kevin Malloy, Tim Malloy, Sue Venture, Michael Malloy, Ellen Vento, Mary Junge, Maureen Rutowski, and David Malloy.

A “Celebration of Life” gathering will be held in later March of 2014 and will be announced at that time. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to The Charles and Dorothy Doane Veterans Educational Trust (VET), which was established to meet the needs of current and future veterans enrolled at MSU. To make a gift, please contact the Student Services Advancement Office at (517) 355-7535 or make a gift online.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


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December 9, 2013

I knew Bud and Dottie since I was about 10 years old. They were sailing friends of our family at Muskegon yacht Club. They were like an Aunt and Uncle to me, and good friends, too. I remember Bud saying I could call him "Bud" instead of Mr. Doane, "because we're the same age, you know". He was fun, wise and kind.

Alison Blank (A.J. Engle)

Ann Lindley

December 5, 2013

I met Bud while working to set up his scholarship at MSU to support Student Veterans and he was a funny and generous man with wonderful stories about their travels while working for MSU. I am sadden to hear of his passing, but am happy to know he is reunited with his beloved Dottie! He will be missed!