Duane Lee Douglas Sr.

duane douglas sr.
Duane Lee Douglas Sr., of rural Cresco, IA passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at his home with his family gathered around him. Duane Lee Douglas, Sr was born 17 September 1947 in New Hampton, IA to Bernard and Gwendolyn Douglas (Kahn). He was a 1965 graduate of Nashua High School. After graduation Duane enlisted in the Marine Corps and served until Sept 1969 as a UH-34D and CH-46 Helicopter crew chief. During that time he served 27 months in Vietnam with HMM 164. While in Vietnam, he received the Purple Heart, Air Medal with 5 stars, Combat Air Crew wings with 3 stars and Good Conduct Medal. On 20 September 1969, he married the love of his life, Brenda Kay Wade of Richlands, NC. From 1970 to 1986, Duane and his family farmed in Chickasaw and Howard counties. He was employed at TriMark in New Hampton for 31 years, retiring in 2009. Duane enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards with his family. Duane is survived by his loving wife, Brenda of 43 years. Also, survived by his six children; Duane (Michelle) Douglas of Oklahoma City, OK, Michael Douglas of Novi, MI, Steven (Smia) Douglas of Arlington, VA, Belinda Ehrig of Cresco, IA, Sarah (Joel) Cox of Evansdale, IA and Adam (Jess) Douglas of Waterloo, IA, and 13 grandchildren; Desiree, Devin, Crystal, Dylan, Chance, Destiny, Kayla, Natalie, Grace, Jordan, Warren, Jade, Kaitlyn, and one on the way. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters; Helen Nosbisch of Waterloo, IA, Gloria Parks of New Hampton IA, Louis (Karen) Douglas of Waterloo, IA, Reuben (Carla) Douglas of Denver, IA, Norma (Tim) Shea of Dodge City, KS, Nancy (Tim) Bathke of Tripoli, IA, and Angela (Chuck) Diesburg of Ionia, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Bernard and Gwen Douglas, two brothers, Bernard and Dennis Douglas and three brother-in-laws, Bill Nosbisch, Donald Parks, Gary Piper. Cemetery: Burial will be at Saude Lutheran Cemetery in Saude. Military rites will be provided by the Alta Vista VFW Post # 4069. May be directed to Duane's family. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00pm, on Monday, February 11, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday. Funeral Services for Duane will be held at 11:00am, on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Saude Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saude with Pastor Dan Larson officiating.

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  1. Angie, Chuck and Family,
    Just want you to know that we are thinking of you in your time of loss. Hold your memories close and they will get you through the tough times!! If there is anything I can do, please let me know. Thinking of you (Hugs)!!
    Kurt & Glenda Schmidt

  2. Angie, Chuck and the entire Douglas Family. So sorry to hear of Dewy’s passing. He put up a heck-of-a fight as im sure you all knew he would. He will be missed by many. Cherrish the memories! thinking of you all. Your Friends, Leo and Bev Dowd

  3. Douglas Family, I hope you are able to celebrate Mr. Douglas’ life. I’m thankful for his service and the leadership he passed on to his son, a teammate providing leadership here as a Marine serving in DC.

  4. Our deepest condolences are with you in your time of grief. May you continue to find comfort in the memories that you all shared together and get comfort from knowing one day Sickness will be no more and Death will be a thing of the past. In times of grief such as these, We find it comforting to meditate on the words found in the Bible at Job 14:14, 15. Job expressed his faith that God would bring him back to life if he should fall asleep in death as he said: All the days of my compulsory service I shall wait, until my relief comes. You will call, and I myself shall answer you.” The scriptures indicate that it is possible to be reunite with your loved one in the near future, right here on earth under peaceful, righteous conditions. Psalms 37:10, 11 offers us this promise. Our sincere condolences to your entire family.

  5. So Sorry for your loss. I know words cannot fully express the loss you feel at this difficult time. Just wanted to let you know we are thinking of you.

  6. Steve & Family,

    I’m sorry for your loss and pray that your family finds comfort that your father is in peace. My family and I will keep you all in our thoughts and payers.

  7. Steve and Family,

    May God fill your hearts with peace about where youre father rests. I am sorry for your loss. I am grieving with you.

    Your friend,


  8. To the Douglas Family, So sorry for your loss of Duane. You all in our thoughts and prayers. Sharon Dreckman-Zeien and family

  9. We want to extend our condolences for your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around you and comfort you.
    Sharon and Joe

  10. Dave and I would like to extend our sympathy to you Brenda and all your family on the passing of Duane. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We are in FL visiting Kara and her family and so sorry that we will miss seeing all of you. Hang on to all those good memories.

  11. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you in this difficult time. May God bless your family.

  12. Sending my love and prayers to Brenda, Duane Lee, Michael, Steven, Belinda, Sarah, and your families. I will see you soon. Love you.

  13. U were my ROCK and always will B. I learned from the BEST. I guess THEY knew what THEY were doen when THEY chose U to be my GODFATHER!!!!!!!!!! I LUV YA & WILL MISS YA!!! I knew I chose the right man when I chose U to b the Best Man & then again to b the one to give me AWAY!!!!!!!! Have fun in HEAVEN playen cards with EVERYONE !!!!!!! Luv Ya Blacksheep

  14. Dear Ruben, Carla, and family,

    Our love and prayers go out to all of you. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Judy & Roger

  15. Dear Brenda and Family,
    We are so sorry we weren’t able to make it to the visitation today. We wanted to come but couldn’t get out of a previous commitment. We don’t know if Duane was ill or passed away suddenly. We want you to know that we are both very sorry for your loss and we hold you each in our thoughts and prayers. Again, we are so sorry we could not give you each our sympathy in person. Pat and Larry

  16. To all of Douglas family. My deepest sorrows. I worked with Dewey at Trimark. Dewey was an awesome person. Be proud for what he stood for and all of the love and advise he shared. He will always be remembered. Mike Fitzgerald ,Sherman, Texas.

  17. My deepest sympathy to you Brenda and your family he was the best boss at Trimark and the best customer at Walmart I always enjoyed seeing him.

  18. My deepest sympathy to you Brenda and your family he was the best boss at Trimark and the best customer at Walmart I always enjoyed seeing him.

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