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Philip “Doyle” Gougler Sr

Posted By Cody Jones On November 9, 2017 @ 12:26 pm In Obituary | 17 Comments

Philip Doyle Gougler
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.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Encompass Home Health and Hospice.

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Condolence from Russel Treat on November 9th, 2017 1:56 pm

May the Peace of God which is beyond understanding comfort your hearts and minds in this time of grief. Please know that I am standing with you.

Condolence from Jeff Presnal on November 9th, 2017 2:39 pm

Dear Gougler Family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We pray that you will find peace during this time and in the coming months. Blessings to you all.


Jeff and Sandra Presnal

Condolence from Tim Gaither on November 9th, 2017 4:15 pm

Dear Gougler Family,
Our love and prayers surround you during this challenging time of Phil Sr.’s passing. We are thankful for the 93 years he lived and for his long standing dedication and support to Texas A&M. He even did a pretty good job raising Phil ‘Parakeet’ Gougler, Jr.
All the best,
Tim, Linda and Alex Gaither

Condolence from Rob Ferguson on November 9th, 2017 7:21 pm

Phil Robert and Gougler family,

It was with considerable sorrow that we learned of you losing your father.
We fully recognize that there is little that can be said or done by a friend when one suffers the loss of a loved one. Nevertheless, we want to express our condolences to you and remind you that the “scheme of things” places us all in a position that we must accept the will of a Supreme Being knowing that time and memory will lighten the feeling of emptiness and sorrow.
Sarah Lee, Price, Maggie, Colin and I will be remembering you in our thoughts and our prayers.


Condolence from Jay Smith on November 9th, 2017 9:35 pm

Dear Gougler family,
Our prayers are with you at this time of loss. May the peace of the Lord be with you.
Jay & Patty Smith

Condolence from Gil Southard on November 9th, 2017 9:49 pm

Phil and family,
Many prayers during this time…sorry for your loss…God bless.
Gil and Deb Southard

Condolence from Blane Trant on November 10th, 2017 8:47 am

The thoughts and prayers from the Encompass Hospice team are with you all during this time.

Blane Trant

Condolence from Anita Berka on November 10th, 2017 9:44 am

So sorry to hear of Mr. Gougler’s passing. Enjoyed working with him at Ag Comm back in the late 70s. Our prayers are with his family.

Condolence from Dorothy Holecek on November 10th, 2017 10:17 am

Sorry to hear about my good neighbor and friend. He indeed made some wonderful
bread and also provided my family with delicious figs each year. May God
bring compassion and strength to family and Priscilla.

Condolence from Page Proffitt on November 10th, 2017 4:30 pm

Hello Phil and Robert – I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Doyle’s passing; sad to hear. He was a special person. Always good for a chuckle, as well, he loved to laugh. I know how much you both meant to him and he was very proud of you both. My thoughts are with your mom too at this time.
Deepest sympathies from your cousin Page.

Condolence from Douglas Perret Starr on November 10th, 2017 5:32 pm

One of my favorite faculty members in Journalism at Texas A&M. He was a delight to know and to discuss things with. His retirement was a great loss to the department.

Condolence from Bruce Brundrett on November 11th, 2017 11:14 am

Sue and I are so sorry for your loss. May God bless you in this time of loss.

Condolence from Penny Proffitt on November 11th, 2017 11:33 am

Uncle Doyle, rest in peace. Phil and Robert, thinking of you, your mom and your families in this time of sadness.

Condolence from Kenwood and Suzanne Maeker on November 11th, 2017 12:01 pm

Dear Priscilla and Family,
We were so fortunate to have been across-the-street neighbors from 1979 to 1995 and will never forget our friends, The Gouglers. Doyle was a fine bread maker and wonderful story teller and was gifted with a quirky sense of humor. He has been thought of often by all of us. May your hearts be lighter just knowing what a good man he was, even as they are filled with sorrow at his passing. He was one of a kind and will be missed on earth and welcomed in God’s arms.
The Maeker Family(Kenwood, Suzanne, Kris and Joe)

Condolence from Jim & Dianna on November 11th, 2017 4:37 pm

Dear Robert,

Dianna & I are sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Condolence from Aminah Price on November 11th, 2017 6:52 pm

May you rest in peace Papa and all of us at Watercrest will make sure your Prissy is taken care of! You will dearly be missed, and I’m thankful to have had you a friend, CNA for the year and a half Ive known the Gouglar family. You’ve raised some good men and they will continue to make you proud. God Bless
Aminah “Mimi” Collette
Carnell Red Williams

Condolence from Dr. Kerry Hope on November 12th, 2017 8:29 am

Doyle was a key person during several decades of my life. He and I would ride in his pickup truck to Brenham each week to play with their community band, but we finally tired of that weekly trip. So we decided to create a way to play closer to home.
Doyle was the tuba player for the Brookside Brass that we created so we could enjoy our music habit closer to home. We rehearsed for years at Lannes and Peggy Hope’s home on Brookside Avenue in Bryan, but we eventually moved the group to my house. We humorously called ourselves an “Aggie Quintet” since we sometimes had more…or occasionally less…than five…additional musicians dropping in from time to time, and joining in on some of our “gigs” out in town. Most weeks we would play for an hour or two and then retire to the dining table to enjoy snacks, some wine, and lively conversation/debate for an hour or so. We occasionally played in public. For example we sometimes played before Christmas next to a “bell ringer” next to a store to help them get more donations.
He, my father, and I were founding members of the Brazos Valley Community Band that still exists.
Doyle had a brilliant mind and a wonderful and kind sense of humor. I’ve missed him so much since we disbanded our Brookside Brass several years ago…his sense of humor and intelligent conversation were often the highlight of my week.
He will be missed by many!

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