SIDNEY — Douglas Forrest "Doug" Latimer, 47, of Sidney, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Feb., 5, 2014, at his residence.
Doug was born on Aug. 23, 1966, in Sidney, to Marjorie A. (DeLong) Latimer and the late Donald Latimer. He was married to Peggy Griffis on Oct. 17, 1992, in Sidney, and she survives.
Also surviving are two sisters, Nancy Boyd and her husband, Brian, of Anna, and Julia Emrick and her husband Jeff, of Sidney; nieces and nephews, Duane Boyd, Benjamin Boyd, Bradley Boyd, Robert Boyd, Holly Boyd, Jordi Emrick, Jake Emrick, Jamie Mendenhall, Crystal Fowler, Keith Fowler, Erica Cook, Hillary Cook, Charles Griffis, Megan Griffis; great-nieces and nephew, Clara Fowler, Daniel Fowler, Chloe Fowler and Lily Mendenhall and several "special" aunts, uncles and cousins.
Preceding him in death was his father, Donald M. Latimer and his grandparents.
Doug was a graduate of Lehman High School in 1985 and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1987-1995, during Iraq Freedom and Desert Storm conflicts. He served as an Operations Specialist and Flight Planner on the U.S.S. New Orleans Naval Ship during Desert Storm. He was also the recipient of the Purple Heart.
Doug was a member of the Holy Angels Catholic Church and the Sidney Baptist Church. Following his discharge from the navy, Doug gained employment with the Shelby County Sheriff's office as a correction officer and later as a reserve deputy for nearly two years. On April 6, 1998, Doug joined the Minster Police Department retiring in 2006. He was a member of the Auglaize County F.O.P., the Disabled American Veterans and lifetime member of the Sidney V.F.W.
In his early years, Doug played basketball at Lehman High School and Edison Community College. He had also played basketball while serving with the U.S. Navy. He was a coach with the Holy Angels C.Y.O. basketball program and was currently serving as statistician with the Lehman Cavalier's Ladies Basketball program. Doug loved to collect dye cast police cars. In his spare time he loved working in his yard, mowing grass and planting just about anything.
Doug was a loyal follower and supporter of Cincinnati Bengals football and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He rarely missed his nieces and nephews grade school and high school basketball games.
Doug was a devoted and loving husband, son, brother, uncle, friend to many, and special 'Uncle Doug' to everyone. He will be deeply missed by all and his beloved pets, Grizzly and Deacon.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney with the Rev. Dan Hess officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney with full military honors presented by Sidney American Legion Post 217.
Friends and family may gather from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney. At 7:30 p.m., there will be a short memorial service provided by Auglaize County F.O.P., Lodge 76 Inc.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Auglaize County F.O.P. or the Lehman High School scholarship fund in Doug's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Adams Funeral Home has been entrusted with all funeral arrangements.
On line memories may be expressed to the family at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com.