Douglas McDermid
1933 - 2011
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Douglas D. McDermid, 78, Pulaski, passed away on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at home, surrounded by his family, following a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. Doug was born on Sept. 6, 1933, in Krakow to the late Ivan and Minnie (Duesing) McDermid.

In 1951, Doug became the first Pulaski High School graduate to be drafted by the pros, as a pitcher for the New York Giants. He spent time in the minor leagues, playing in Vidalia, Ga., Melbourne, Fla., and St. Cloud, Minn. Doug moved back to Wis., where he played ball in Oshkosh and opened the next chapter of his life, as a husband and dad. On Oct. 5, 1955, he married his high school sweetheart, Leah Lepak. Together they made a formidable team and began raising their close-knit family.

When Doug and and his new bride settled in Pulaski and his professional baseball career ended, he began a career with WG&R Furniture in Pulaski. In 1963, Furnitureland Inc. was founded. Doug helped build a strong foundation for Furnitureland, and was instrumental in making the company the successful business it remains today. Doug operated the business with honesty and integrity and treated everyone he met with those very same small-town values. Those principles and values have become the legacy he has given his family, as they plan to operate the business for many generations to come. Doug's love for baseball remained with him throughout his life. If you couldn't find Dad at the store you would find him at the ballfield, grooming the infield and sifting the sand on the pitcher's mound so that it was just perfect. In 1978, he started the Pulaski Reds, as part of the DairyLand League. Doug worked hard to make Memorial Field the best place in the area to play baseball. In 2005, thanks to the Pulaski Area Veterans, the diamond that was his passion was dedicated in his name.

Dad loved Pulaski and was very involved in the community. He held various positions with the Pulaski Area Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus Bishop Bona Council #4439, Pulaski Lions Club, and the Holy Name Society of Assumption B.V.M. Parish. In 1989, our dad was recognized for his civic contributions and impact within the community, and was named Man of the Year.

Dad was a man of strong faith. He served Assumption B.V.M. Parish as usher, lector and mass server for many years. He was also a co-founder of the Assumption B.V.M. School Trust Fund.

Survivors include two daughters and two sons; Debbie McDermid, Brussels; Ken (Mary) McDermid, Pat (Sheila) McDermid, and Mary (Mark) Wichmann, all of Pulaski; his grandchildren, Nicholas McDermid, who lived with dad and cared for him throughout his illness, Nathan (Nichole) McDermid, Morgan, Brooke, Tatum and Mason McDermid, Brandon, Brock, Drew and Ryan McDermid, Tyler and Cody Wichmann; four sisters, Beverly McDermid and Sara (Jay) Oneill, Las Vegas, Nev.; Sally (Bill) Ariens and Janice (Jim) Bushner, Milwaukee; nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leah, in 2007, his parents, Ivan and Minnie, his brother, Larry, and an infant great-grandson, Noah McDermid.

Friends may call at Assumption B.V.M. Church, 124 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski, from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday. A Closing Prayer Service will be held at 8 p.m. The visitation continues after 9:30 a.m. Friday. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, Fr. Patrick Gawrylewski, O.F.M. presiding and Fr. Finian Zaucha, O.F.M. concelebrating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Marnocha Funeral Home, Pulaski, is serving the McDermid family.

The family requests No Flowers, Please.

The McDermid family would like to thank Dad's very special friend, Wayland (Mop) Baron for his daily visits with Dad, and also, Dave Ollenburg and Heidi Thompson for their support and friendship during the past several years. A thank you is also extended to the caregivers from HomeInstead Senior Care, especially Dawn, Kevin, Nancy, Shawn, Sue and Tim, and to Unity Hospice, especially Sheryl, his favorite nurse during his last months.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2011.
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November 7, 2011
McDermid family,
We express our deepest sympathies and are very sorry in the passing of your Dad. Now you know he is with your Mom and God. May God bless you all during this time & the Holiday Season.
Ken & Cheryl Kollath
October 15, 2011
Am deeply saddened by the loss of Doug. I will always have the fond memories of conversations we had on and off the baseball field. He was a positive figure for all of us that loved the sport of baseball. I am a better person for knowing him.
Mike Mitchell
October 14, 2011
Your family has our deepest sympathies on
the loss of your Father Doug.It was a great
loss for all the people he touched and did good things for in his lifetime.Also his
Grandson Nicholas for his care he gave to
Grandfather.he is to be commended for this
great sacrific.He did his out of love for
Doug.Again you all have our condolence on
your loss.
October 13, 2011
The last time I saw Doug was at our 55th hs reunion 5 years ago when his Parkinson's symptoms were already evident. I had hoped to see him again at our 60th reunion recently, but was sad to learn that he was no longer able to get out. He was a wonderful baseball player, teammate, and good friend. He was always good to my aging parents when they bought furniture from his store in later years and he would send along greetings to me in Iowa. He was obviously a wonderful father, grandfather , an community citizen. Thankyou for the generous care you provided in his final years. He will be long remembered.

Luther Erickson PHS 1951, classmate, teammate, and friend (Grinnell, IA)
Luther Erickson
October 13, 2011
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear,just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer
Gladys Cruz
October 13, 2011
I have many great memories of your father as a child - being the very first bat boy for the Pulaski Reds, driving with your dad to road game with the team, running the scoreboard (for $1 per game) and feeling cool hanging out with the ball players. I was so happy when I learned they named the ballpark after your dad. Your father was a great friend and boss to my dad for many years and they shared a special kinship because of their love for baseball. Your family has always been kind and generous to ours and in your time of reflection and memorial we are with you. I raise a glass in celebration to a wonderful family of friends and a man I had great respect and admiration for. Rest in peace Mr. McDermid.
Dennis Tisch
October 12, 2011
My sincerest sympathy to the entire McDermid family. May your many memories, family and friends comfort you during this time of grief. May God strengthen you, comfort you, and help you accept his will and grant you peace.
Clair, LuAnn, Jacob and Anne Erb
LuAnn Erb
October 12, 2011
What an unbelievable man. I'll remember our conversations about baseball the most. He can be proud of the beautiful family he has left here on earth.
Jay Robaidek
October 12, 2011
My deepest and most sincere sympathy goes out to all of you dear, beloved children and grand-children of many very special memories of wonderful times spent with your dad (and one of my dearest friends, your mom) come to my mind so frequently....I have been blessed to have had the honor of knowing them, and you all have been awesomely blessed to have been the best part of their lives, up to their last moment(s) on this earth! ..........Praying that God's showering of peace upon your hearts will comfort you at this time of sorrow at the loss of dear 'Dad''re all a wonderful bunch, and I know you'll continue in his footsteps that would make him proud, as I know he always was of all of you....(I cannot make the Wake or funeral as I am now visiting my daughter in California until the 21st, but know that I am feeling your pain of loss at this time.....God Bless you ALL!!!) With loving thoughts.....Joan Matuszak
October 12, 2011
Sincere sympathies are sent to Jan, Sally, Sarah, Bev, and the family of Doug on his recent passing. May the
Good Lord ease the burden of your loss.
Bill Bushner
October 12, 2011
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”-Revelation 21:4 May the Lord be with your family. Carmen (Reinke) Wiesner (Windermere, Fla)
Carmen Wiesner
October 12, 2011
Doug McDermid, A good man and a good friend ! Rest in peace my friend ! Buzz ; Ron Bussiere, Panama City , Panama
October 12, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Deb Meulemans
October 12, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with Doug's family. Doug and I were old baseball buddies from the N.Y. Giants minor leagues. He was a fine pitcher and good baseball man. We kept in touch over the years and shared many memories from our baseball youth. We will surely miss him, but know he is now happy to be back with his beloved Leah. God Bless !
Bill O'Donnell
October 12, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. Your dad was a wonderful man! We've lost a great one. Shelly Laubenstein Leadley
Shelly Leadley
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