BEATRICE – A Beatrice Dentist considered a pioneer in dental implant dentistry has passed away.  Dr. Dean Doyle died Friday at the age of 85, at Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center.

Doyle was born in Odell, graduating from Odell High School.  A funeral notice from Harman-Wright Mortuary notes Doyle earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree in 1959 from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry.  He served in the U.S. Air Force from June of 1959 to June of 1962.

Doyle owned and operated the Dental Implant Center in Beatrice and Kansas City, retiring in 2007.

Doyle served on the Beatrice Airport Authority Board and was a flight instructor for several years.  He was also a member of the Nebraska Dental Association and the Homestead Harmonizers music group.   Doyle was a founding member of the Hidden Acres Golf Course and helped build the Rolla Rena in Beatrice and the Lake LaDu residential development.

Doyle is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son….along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The funeral service for Dean Doyle will be held Friday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Centenary United Methodist Church, in Beatrice.   A Military graveside service will follow at Evergreen Home Cemetery, conducted by the United States Air Force and American Legion Post 27.