Don Douglass
Don Douglass

Mr. Elmer Jay "Don" Douglass, 86, Kewanna, passed away at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Miller's Merry Manor, Logansport.

On Jan. 26, 1930, near Grass Creek, Elmer Jay "Don" Douglass was born. He was the treasured son of Elmer F. and Nola J. Burton Douglass. Growing up, he shared his childhood with a sister, Dorothy, and a brother, Dale. With great Panther pride, Don graduated in 1948 from Grass Creek High School, where he was a basketball standout. Recruited by a few colleges for his basketball prowess, Don elected instead to serve his country as a member of the United States Marines during the Korean War.

At the Lucerne Christian Church on July 12, 1953, Don married the love of his life, Nancy Winn. As best friends they shared more than 63 years of life's adventures. From their union came four handsome sons, Neil, Jeff, Scott and Craig. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

With a lifelong passion for farming, Don was proud to oversee a fine herd of 20 Holsteins. He also enjoyed raising corn and beans. Don was dedicated to the road construction business with a career spanning more than three decades working for McMahan O'Connor and E&B Paving companies. He retired in 2005, having served as a superintendent during many of his work years.

A faithful member of Lucerne Christian Church for more than 60 years, Don was deacon emeritus and a trustee. He was a member of the Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Rochester Elks Lodge 2120. As a Fulton County 4-H leader, Don shared his expertise of tractors dealing with driving instruction, basic mechanics and maintenance with 4-H members.

To relax, Don enjoyed fishing with his cane pole. Many special memories were made with his family while fishing in Chetek, Wis. A sports buff, Don was an avid fan of the Purdue sports teams. Grandpa Don loved the company of his grandchildren. He looked forward to the holidays and special family celebrations and, of course, was always present courtside or in the stands following the grandchildren's sporting events.

Left to cherish the memory of Don are his wife, Nancy; four sons, Neil Douglass and wife Angie, Kewanna, Jeff Douglass and wife Mindy, Kewanna, Scott Douglass and wife Karla, Coral Springs, Fla., and Craig Douglass and wife Cindy, Twelve Mile; 11 grandchildren, Candy Field and husband Justin, Kewanna, Camile Zimpleman and husband Greg, Fulton, Anna Holmes and husband Collin, Logansport, Josh Douglass and wife Tiffany, Brazil, Kristin Horn and husband Travis, Rochester, Christine Medina, Coconut Creek, Fla., Melissa Cole and husband Guy, Austin, Texas, Morgan Douglass and fiancé Raymond Caraballo, Orlando, Fla., Emily Douglass, Nashville, Tenn., Quentin Douglass, Twelve Mile, and Eli Douglass, Twelve Mile; 15 great-grandchildren, Coy, Carter and Caleb Field, Addison, Parker and Marshall Zimpleman, Layne and Tanner Horn, Madisyn, Drew and Lucas Douglass, Josh Diaz, Aaron and Angelo Rodrique, and Aleah Medina; a sister, Dorothy Richter and husband Harry, Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer F. and Nola Burton Douglass; an infant great-grandson, Trey Douglass Horn; and a brother, Dale Douglass.

A celebration of the life of Elmer J. "Don" Douglass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Dirk Raderstorf officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Marine Honors Team. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Lucerne Christian Church, 1585 West Frushour St., Lucerne, IN 46950. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.