Gayland Dooen


NORWAY – Gayland “Gink” Dooen, 75, of Bethel, died unexpectedly Jan. 26, at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

He was born on July 5, 1931, in Berlin, N.H., the son of Francis and Avis (Witter) Dooen and was educated in Bethel schools, graduating from Gould Academy in the Class of 1950.

He joined the Navy in 1950 and served on the U.S.S. Edisto AGB-2 (icebreaker) in the North Atlantic, Iceland, Greenland and the Canadian Arctic and on the Al Sea ATF97 in the Caribbean.

He married Mary (Ford) Dooen on July 21, 1956.

He had worked at Ecko Wood Products, the town of Bethel as a mechanic and as a mechanic for Connor’s Garage. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years, retiring as postmaster in October 1992.

He was a member and past master of the AF & AM No. 97 of Bethel, Oxford County Shrine Club, Kora Temple Shrine, former member of the Lake Kezar Country Club, American Legion Post No. 81 of Bethel and the V.F.W. of South Paris.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed gardening and golf.

He especially enjoyed spending time with his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.

For more than 20 years, he went hunting with his buddies, Peter Rosenburg, Richard Littlefield and Bernie Rice.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Dooen of Bethel; four daughters, Robin Gundersen and her husband, Robert, of Woodstock, Gail Wight and her husband, Gary, of Newry, Kelly Scott and her companion, Clifton Peacock, of Cape Coral, Fla., and Sheri Head and her husband, Jeremy, of Albany; seven grandchildren, Jessie and Justin Wight, Erica, Alex and Andrew Gundersen, and Crystelle and Jerome Head; and one great-grandson Colby Pratt.

He was predeceased by his brother, Vincent Dooen, on Jan. 3.