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Hite, Gayle

Gayle Douglas “Doug” Hite

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Gayle Douglas “Doug” Hite on June 20, 2020.  He left us sleeping peacefully at his residence in St. Charles, MO.  He had just turned 70 five days prior.

He was the beloved husband of Rita (nee Green), a loving father to Cristine Gentilini (Paul), Brandy Smith (Rob), and Daniel Voorheis (Tona) and Gale Morton. He was a grandfather to Nicholas, Reece, Jordan Lawhorn (Andy), Taylor, Ashley, and Caitlyn, and a great-grandfather to Noah and Charlie.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and great uncle, cousin, and was loved by many, many friends he had made throughout his years of life.

He was predeceased by his mother, father, sister, and brother.

Doug was an avid NASCAR fan and would share stories of his racing days with anyone who would sit long enough to listen.  He “turned wretches” his whole life and he could answer most any question you could asked about a car problem.

His love for his family and friends was unwavering.  Even during the last days, he was thinking of others and what he could do for them.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Doug on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Joy Community Church, 925 State Hwy K, O’fallon, MO 63366.  The church doors will open at 9:00 a.m. with a service commencing at 10:00 a.m.  A luncheon will immediately follow the service.

In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to 4 Paws for Ability, 207 Dayton Ave, Xenia, OH 45385,   ph. 937-374-0385


  1. Mike Rosso on June 25, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Doug was a great friend . He will be missed by all of us.

  2. Mark Franken on June 26, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Rita and Family,

    So sorry to learn of your loss. Doug was a very nice gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  3. Pat Shea on June 26, 2020 at 8:58 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Hope you are staying safe.
    Pat Shea

  4. Beverly Hicks on June 26, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Rita so sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Deepest Sympathy
    Beverly Hicks

  5. Heather Kellar on June 26, 2020 at 9:40 am

    Rita (and family),

    I am so sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    My deepest sympathy,

    Heather Kellar

  6. Sandy Garbrecht on June 26, 2020 at 9:44 am

    Rita, I’m so sorry for your loss. Doug has left me with some wonderful memories. The man new how to tell a story! But his true passion was his family. Rita, if your going to be coming back to Naples, let’s do lunch!
    Sandy Garbrecht- Nurse for Doctors Choice and Doug’s friend.

  7. William wallace on June 26, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Sorry for your loss, I’m grateful to have met mr Douglas and I will miss talking to him in the mornings, he had a great personality and a great sense of humor, rip friend

  8. Laura Reynolds on June 26, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Rita and Family,
    So very sorry to hear of the loss of Doug from this world. May he rest in peace, and his memories comfort you during this time.

  9. Jeff Rechenbach on June 26, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts as you say goodbye.

  10. Carl j. Ulreich on June 26, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    I have known Doug for all but the first 12 years of my life. He was always a great friend. He will be very much missed

  11. Lise and Roger Carter on June 27, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Rita, Roger and I are so sorry to hear of your great loss. He was so lucky to have you loving him and by his side through these years of health issues. I hope you can take comfort in knowing that he is no longer suffering and is now an Angel who will watch over you forever.
    Please give our condolences to all of your family

  12. Lori Brown on June 27, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Rita, I’m so sorry for your loss. If there’s anything I can do for you please let me know.
    I love you.

  13. Ann on June 27, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Rita, I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember when you and he came to the KC Staff Office. He was a very nice man.

  14. Sharon Pinkston on June 27, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Dear Rita, family and friends,

    Doug and I have known each other since being in school from the 6th grade on. Within the past year, we had become great reacquainted friends on FaceBook and through phone calls. Please accept my sincerest condolences for your great loss. I am sending my continued prayers with God’s blessings your way. Love and prayers always.

    Sharon (Shoemaker) Pinkston

  15. Wendy Wilkerson on June 27, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Rita I am so sorry for your loss…I am so sure Doug is in heaven just chilling and feeling good again…he was such a sweet man always kind even when he was in pain…I will keep you and your family in my prayers…hugs to you friend 😘

  16. Tammy Manuel on June 27, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Sending my heartfelt prayers and condolences to Rita and family. I used to work with Doug at Autozone. He was a great person. I spoke with him a few weeks ago. He talked about how much he loved his family. You guys have a wonderful loving angel looking after you all now. Sorry for your loss. HUGS

  17. Bill Davis on June 29, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Rita, all my sympathy for your loss. You are in my thoughts.

  18. Paul Anderson on July 3, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    May you and the family take solace in knowing others share your loss and grief.
    My best going forward which knowing you, will happen.

    Paul Anderson

  19. Susan Ernst on July 6, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Dear Rita, so sorry to hear about Doug. My deepest sympathy and prayers!

    Your IBE friend
    Susan Ernst

  20. Gale on July 10, 2020 at 5:22 pm


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