Jack L. Douglas, 86, of 2119 Ennis Lane, died at 3:40 a.m. Tuesday (April 2, 2013) in Blessing Hospital. Jack was born Sept. 20, 1926, in Quincy, a son of Fred and Eva Riley Douglas. He married Barbara Watters on April 7, 1984, in Quincy. She survives. Jack owned and operated Jack's Body Shop until his retirement. He had been involved in the Boy Scouts of America, and he was past Grand Counselor of United Commercial Travelers. Jack loved building and racing cars. During the â€˜50s and â€˜60s he built and raced stock cars and modified midgets. More recently he helped his son, Mike, carry on the racing tradition. Jack was able to live the life about which others only dream. He and Barbara spent the last 15 years traveling across the United States in their motor home. On Thursday, June 21, 2012, Jack was one of the last four World War II veterans to take the Great River Honor Flight out of Quincy. He and the other three vets took one of the first Korean War veterans flight. Although it was a struggle to get him to agree to go on this flight, he enjoyed it thoroughly. In addition to his wife, survivors include three children, Michael (Jane) Douglas of Quincy, David (Sue) Douglas of Creve Coeur, Mo., and Jackie Carlstrom of Quincy; 11 grandchildren, Leah (Nick) McGahey of O'Fallon, Mo., Tanner Douglas of Creve Coeur, Samantha Stewart of Lafayette, La., Phillip (Kelly) Carlstrom of Custer, S.D., Ashley Carlstrom of Marquette, Mich., Olivia, Shelby and Ian Carlstrom, all of Quincy, Dustin (Danielle) Bridgeman of Youngstown, Ohio, Brittney (Josh) Bridgeman of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Nick Noel of Palatine; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joseph "Buster" Douglas; a stepson, Jeff Bridgeman; and a stepdaughter, Brenda Noel. SERVICES: 3 p.m. Friday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home, with Dick Stuart conducting. VISITATION: 1-3 p.m. Friday in the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. MEMORIALS: Great River Honor Flights. ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.hansenspear.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Apr. 3 to Apr. 5, 2013
Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
1535 State Street Quincy, IL 62301