Doris Funkhouser

September 1, 1923 ~ December 28, 2020 (age 97)


Doris Pauline Funkhouser, 97, passed into eternity peacefully in the early morning hours of December 28, 2020.  She was surrounded by caring nurses at Ambassador Healthcare in Centerville, Indiana.  Dory was born to Carl and Pauline Haisley Jackson in Centerville, on September 1, 1923.  She was the fifth of eight children, growing up in Dublin, Indiana.  After graduating from Lincoln High School in Cambridge City, she married Donal Lee Funkhouser.  Shortly afterward, they moved to California, where Don was stationed, serving in the Army Signal Core.  For the rest of their married lives, they lived in Cambridge City, where they raised two children.  Dory worked as a secretary, and was known to be generous and hard-working, eagerly stepping up to do whatever she could to help family and friends, selflessly putting their needs before her own.  She excelled at organization and had plenty of “elbow grease.”  She had an amazing way with children.  She loved babies, and volunteered to take care of children of family members, even taking them into her own home for periods of time as needed.  Dory enjoyed playing cards and visiting with her siblings and their families.  When she and her sisters were seen together around town, they were fondly referred to as “The Golden Girls.”  Dory attended Cambridge City and Milton Christian Churches for many years. 

Dory is survived by one sister, Marjorie Swim, her children, Donal Lee Funkhouser II and Debra Sue Funkhouser, two grandchildren, Melody Gaugler (Nicholas) and Nicole Lee Funkhouser, four great-grandchildren, William Funkhouser, Lillian, Luke and Natalie Gaugler, numerous nieces and nephews, and previous daughter-in-law, Romelle “Jean” Eastman.  She is further survived by her brother-in-law, Robert (Marilyn) Funkhouser and sister-in-law, Jean (Harold) Carey. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings, James “Dale” Jackson, Dorothy “Jean” McCullough, Betty Kemmer, Janet Summan, Mary Sourbeer, and Hazel Stanton. 

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Ambassador Healthcare and niece Susie Mann for faithfully visiting Dory, when others were not able.  Due to current Covid pandemic conditions, the family hopes to hold memorial services in the spring. 

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