Obituary of Doris E. Lynch
Doris E. Lynch, age 95, of West Branch, passed away Friday, May 19th at the Crestview Specialty Care surrounded by her family.
Doris Evelyn Dewey was born on May 4, 1928, to Albert and Carrie (Fout) Dewey in Graham Township, Johnson County, Iowa. Doris attended rural schools in Johnson County and later attended Commercial College in Iowa City. On February 5th, 1948 she married Hubert F. Lynch and moved to the Lynch Family Farm she and Hubert owned in Cedar County.
Doris and Hubert farmed their entire married life raising traditional farm animals and crops. After transitioning from traditional farming they raised guinea pigs for research and pets. At the height of their business, which afforded them many adventures and new friends, they managed over 2000 animals.
After the death of her husband Hubert Lynch in 2003, Doris moved to a house built by her sons in West Branch where she was active in quilting, cards, and volunteering at Crestview. On weekends she returned to the farm, to spend time at a small cabin on a pond built by her son Larry. Anyone who knew Doris knew her love and knowledge of animals, especially frogs.
Doris is survived by four sons and two daughters; Marsha Howe, Dale (Conni) Lynch, Sharon (Kurtis) Voparil, Wayne (Deb) Lynch, Steve (Cindy) Lynch, and Larry (Amy) Lynch all of West Branch; 11 grandchildren and 15, soon to be 16, great-grandchildren.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Hubert Lynch, her brothers Lawrence and Charles, and five sisters; Alice, Mary, Nellie, Annie, and Gladys.
Visitation will be held 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at the Henderson-Barker Funeral Home in West Branch. Funeral mass 10 A.M. Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in West Branch. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Cedar Valley.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Doris Lynch Memorial Fund.