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DETAILS REPORTED ABOOT DOTY DEATH
From the Belleville (111.) Advocate Kenneth E. Doty, 43-year-old sFeamfitter, of 19 Sherwood Foi- est, was killed instantly about 2 o'clock yesterday (July 18) at th« Shell Oil Company's Wood River refinery at Roxana, in an'explo¬ sion evidently touched off by a spark from a welder's torch.
Mr. Doty was working* on to:> of a new tank which was b^ing prepared to hold * asphalt, while a welder, Alvis Dilbach, worked on the side.
A sudden explosion blew the top off the tank, shooting Mr. Doty 35 feet from the tank, ana killing him instantly. The tank caught fire, but the flames wrer<? brought under control. Dilbach was treated for bruises at Wooct River Township hospital.
Officials said the explosion prob¬ ably started when escaping turner were ignited by a spark from Dil- mach's torch.
Mr. Doty has been engaged in construction work since 1941, ac¬ cording to his wife, and had work¬ ed for the Illinois Power Company since last summer, until taking the job with the Flour Corporation, or Los Angeles, on the Wood Riv,or project several months ago.
Mr. Doty is survived by his wife the former Anna E. Diegei, who'-i he married at Elliston, Ohio, Sept. 17, 1932, and two children, Joyce 16, and Charles 13.
Born at Canton, Ohio, April la, 1907, Mr. Doty was the son oi Charles M. Doty, of Elmore, O., and the late Nellie Hopkins Doty.
He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church, Belleville Lodge of the Loyal Or¬ der of tfhe Moose,—the Wood Ri¬ ver Sportsmen's Club, the St. Clair. County Anglers' Associa¬ tion, Steamfitters* Local No. 553 of Alton, the Commodore Heights Organization, and was an officer in the Boy Scouts.
Funeral services (were) held Friday, July 21, from the Guna- lach and Company chapel, Rev. B. J. Koehler officiating, with in¬ terment in Mount Hope cemetery.
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