Veteran Northeast racer Edward Doebler, father of Richard Petty Motorsports fabricator and body hanger Kevin Doebler, is being mourned by those in both the New York and North Carolina racing communities.
Nicknamed “The Leadfoot” for his driving prowess, Doebler, 62, was killed last Tuesday in a car accident near his home in Troutman, N.C.
Doebler, who was retired from IBM, was a well-known driver in upstate New York, particularly at Shangri-La Speedway in Owego, N.Y., where he won a number of feature races.
But Doebler also worked with several NASCAR drivers, particularly when they came to the Empire State for races at Watkins Glen and other tracks.
Among the NASCAR drivers his obituary said Doebler worked for included Alan Kulwicki Racing, Jimmy Means Racing and Brett Bodine Racing. He performed a various amount of duties including tire changer and tire specialist, jackman, and even fill-in crew chief at times.
Doebler is survived by Patricia, his wife of 39 years; his mother, Dorothy Doebler of Binghamton, NY; two sons, Joseph Doebler and Kevin Doebler both of Mooresville, NC, and his daughter, Kristi Doebler of Wilmington, NC. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Doebler.
Celebrations of Ed’s life will be held Monday at the Wingate Hotel in Mooresville, N.C., from 6:30-8:30 pm ET, and on Thursday, January 22 in Binghamton, NY at American Legion Post 1194 from 6:00-8:00 pm ET.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to your local Humane Society or favorite children’s charity.
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