Katherine Douglas Deer
1916 - 2013
Born July 23, 1916 in Greensburg, IN, Katherine was the daughter of John and Irma Cory Douglas. She died Aug. 14, 2013, only days after her 97th birthday. Katherine had a brother, William Joseph, who died in infancy.
Katherine, known fondly as Katie, was graduated from Greensburg High School, attended Indiana University and was graduated from Central Business College in Indianapolis. She was an accomplished violinist.
Katie was married in June, 1941, to Gerald Forsythe Deer of Morgantown, Ind., and they were parents of Susan Elizabeth and John David.Gerald, an executive with Bryant Heating and Cooling, was involved in the early years of the company's sponsorship of cars in the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. After his death in May, 1965, Katie was employed at Butler University for 21 years in several roles, retiring as secretary to Chris Theofanis, director of public relations, in 1986. It was said at Butler that "everyone knew Katie Deer's smile." For years after retiring she saw her Butler friends regularly for lunch. An experienced seamstress, Katie was known for the beautiful tailored suits that she sewed and wore, often with a favorite brooch on the lapel.
Katie was an active member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon and a member of the choir for many years. Katie was a long time member of the church's banner committee stitching baptismal banners and helping craft beautiful worship banners for the Sanctuary. She was a registered Daughter of the American Revolution, a member of Delta Theta Tau national philanthropic sorority, and a former PTO president at John Strange School. As a Girl Scout leader Katie was elected to the board of directors of the Hoosier Capital Girl Scout Council, serving as chairman of the Program Services Department. She was a longtime volunteer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Surviving is her daughter, Susan Elizabeth Deer Buydos and her husband, Joseph James Buydos of Branford, CT; her son, John David Deer and his wife, Elisa Howey Deer, Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Aaron Forsythe Deer, Alice Katherine Deer, Christopher James Buydos and Michael Joseph Buydos, and her great-grandson, Trevor GarrisonBuydos. In her extended family, all the children knew her as "Grandma Katie."
A memorial service will be scheduled in the near future. Memorial donations may be made in Katie's memory to Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Blvd, E. Dr., Indianapolis, 46220 or Hoosier Capital Girls Scouts, 1800 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, 46202. The Neptune Society is handling the arrangements.