WHITE HEATH - Donald E. Douglas, 84, of White Heath, Ill., died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at home. |
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm St., Champaign. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Ingram Cemetery, White Heath. Military rites will be accorded.
Douglas was born March 29, 1929, in Urbana, the son of Ivan E. and Pauline June Garver Douglas.
Surviving are his children, Steven E. (Sarah) Douglas of DeKalb, Lori Anne (Dane) Strube of White Heath and Jonathan S. Douglas of DeKalb.
Also surviving are four grandchildren, Emily Douglas of Norway; Michael Douglas of DeKalb; Megan (Rob) Levitt of Morton; Nicole Strube of White Heath; and great-granddaughter, Karis Nicole Levitt.
Mr. Douglas graduated from Urbana High School in 1947 and immediately joined the U.S. Navy for three years. He went to recruit training and electrician school at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, and upon completion, volunteered for submarine service and was sent to school in New London, Conn.
Upon completion of submarine school, he was sent to San Diego and was to report to the USS Blenny. He qualified in three months and was then transferred to the USS Perch. He spent the rest of his time on the USS Sperry, submarine tender. While in the Navy, he received several commendations.
After he was discharged, he married the love of his life, Betty Jane White, on June 2, 1950. Betty preceded him in death Oct. 18, 2009, just short of being married for 60 years together.
Douglas spent 40 years in heating and air conditioning and owned and operated Douglas Heating and Air Conditioning for 32 years.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge, a life member of the United States Submarine Veterans Inc.; a life member of the Peoria Base Submarine Veterans; a life member of the Holland Club; a member of the USS Sperry Association AS12; an associate member of the Submarine Veterans of World War II of Indiana; and president of the Wolf Pack Chapter of Submarine Veterans of World War II in Lincoln.
He served as a representative of the Sub Vets of World War II to the Illinois State Fair; served as a member on the advisory board for the Sub Vets at Manteno Veterans Hospital; life member of the Hoosier Base Submarine Veterans in Indiana; life member of the Submarine Veterans International; and a life member of the VFW Post 5346 in Monticello, where he served as senior vice commander and most recently elected to commander, of which he was very proud.
Douglas was a descendant of Stephen A. Douglas, who debated against Abraham Lincoln.
In 2008, he took the trip he always wanted to take, and that was to his ancestors' homeland in Scotland, where he was able to see the Douglas Clan's four castles which were in ruins.
Douglas's interests included hunting, fishing and gun collecting. He enjoyed his meetings at the VFW and his daily coffee outings with his VFW friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Shirley Veirs; and his wife, Betty.
He loved his wife, his children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter very much. He will be missed by his family.
Memorial contributions can be made to the VFW Post 5346, Monticello, Ill.
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Published in Daily Chronicle on Aug. 15, 2013