George E. Douglass age 97, passed away peacefully with family at his side on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Arbor Grove Assisted Living, Alma, Michigan. George was born on July 6, 1917 in Vestaburg, Michigan the son of Elsworth and Muriel (Throop) Douglass. He graduated from Vestaburg High School in 1934 and continued his education at Davenport College and also graduated from MSU with a degree in agriculture. George proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Brown Smith on February 14, 1957. George retired from Hitachi in 1987. He was a member of the Lions Club for over 37 years. George was a volunteer fire fighter for the Vestaburg Fire Dept. for over 60 years. He was named the 2013 Vestaburg Pioneer. George was an avid outdoorsman he enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He also enjoyed reading and woodworking.

            George is survived by his children; Carol Smith (David) Vowell of Vestaburg and Richard (Linda) Smith of Breckenridge, five grandchildren; 10 great-grand children; several nieces and nephews and dear friends; Scott and Holly Welch. George was preceded in death by his wife: Dorothy, son; Byron Smith, daughter; Nancy Beard, grandsons; Martin Smith, Ryan Crane and Douglas Smith, daughter in-law; Jean Smith, brothers; Robert and James Douglass.

            A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will take place April 18, 2015 at 11:00 am from Brigham Funeral Chapel-Vestaburg, with Pastor George Showers to officiate. George selflessly donated his body to the University of Michigan Medical School so they could continue their education. His cremated remains will eventually be inurned in Richland Township Cemetery next to his wife Dorothy.

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  • Jan Boerema (Saturday, April 04 15 03:34 pm EDT)

    You have our deepest sympathy Richard and Linda and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Chuck and Jan Boerema

  • Kathleen (Sunday, April 05 15 11:54 am EDT)

    Rick and Linda,
    My sympathy to you and your family. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Kandy Johnson (Sunday, April 05 15 01:39 pm EDT)

    So Sorry to hear about your Dad. Our prayers are with both of you.

    John and Kandy Johnson

  • Mike & Linda Hajduk (Sunday, April 05 15 08:20 pm EDT)

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you Linda, Richard & family.

  • Joan Van Sickle (Monday, April 06 15 01:54 am EDT)

    My heart goes out to you in this sad time you had to say good bye until you meet again!

    Joseph & Joan Van Sickle

  • Charlotte Simmons (Wednesday, April 08 15 08:24 am EDT)

    My prayers are with you Richard, Linda and your family. Love Charlotte

  • Bertine Thelen (Thursday, April 09 15 12:30 pm EDT)

    So sorry to hear about your Dad, Linda. You are in my prayers.

  • Mrs. Gladney (Friday, April 10 15 01:25 pm EDT)

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear loved one.
    At times such as this, real comfort helps. God invites us to throw our burden upon Him and He will sustain us. (Psalms 55:22). So prayer and supplication will help you to deal with your loss and
    knowing that soon God will wipe away all tears from our eyes and death will be no more. (Revelation 21:4)

  • Anne Barton (Sunday, April 12 15 03:56 am EDT)

    So sorry for your loss thinking of you.

  • Vic Cronkite (Monday, April 20 15 01:52 pm EDT)

    our prayers are with you at this time, Richard and Linda. Love Vic and Carol Cronkite

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