Douglas Neil "Doug" Grabowski

Douglas Neil "Doug" Grabowski, 49, formerly of Benton, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 17, 2013 at his home in Briar Creek Township.

Born Jan. 7, 1964 in Peru, Ind., he was a son of Ronald L. and Carol J. (Whitesell) Grabowski, of Berwick, and also formerly of Benton. He and his wife, Kelly L. (Stackhouse) Grabowski, were married on Sept. 26, 2010.

Doug was a 1982 graduate of Benton High School, where he was an excellent basketball player. He attended Luzerne County Community College for two years and served his country in the U. S. Air Force for four years.

He had been employed as a sales representative at Homestead Furniture in Nescopeck since 1998. He had previously worked for Howell's TV and Flick Brothers in Bloomsburg.

Doug was a member of the Dallas Baptist Church and also had attended the Bloomsburg Southern Baptist Church.

An avid outdoorsman, he was a member of the North Berwick Hunting and Fishing Club. He loved to fish and would hike back to Lake John to fish. He also enjoyed vacationing on Black Lake in New York. He was an avid Orioles fan and enjoyed playing golf and listening to music. He loved spending time with family, friends and his cat, Lily.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and parents, are a brother, Mark Grabowski, and his wife, Beth, of Bolivar, Mo.; a sister, Catherine Kline, and her husband, Matthew, of Berwick; two nieces, Amy Varner and Christine Kline; two nephews, Jim Grabowski and Ryan Kline; his mother-in-law and father–in-law, Guy and Nancy Stackhouse of Benton; a sister-in-law, Brenda Fry of Bloomsburg, and nephew, Braydon Fry. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Michael Fry, on Sept. 26, 2010.

A visitation will be held Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the McMichael Funeral Home Inc., 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton (Rt. 487).

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at McMichael's in Benton with Pastor Gerald Branch officiating. Burial will be in the Benton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the , P. O. Box 4383, Bethlehem, PA 18018.

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Published in Times Leader on Mar. 19, 2013