John Douglas "Doug" Goostree, 89, of Norwalk, died Sunday evening, May 12, 2013, in his home.
He was born March 12, 1924, in Portland, Tenn., to Clara and Glinness Goostree and was raised in the Church of God of Prophecy.
From the day he was born he was called Doug. He arrived in Bucyrus, Ohio, the same day Eunice, his future wife, arrived from Milan. They met at a Veteran's Day Parade. Doug and Eunice married March 27, 1943, and recently celebrated their 70th anniversary. They raised nine children, Gwen, Jim, Pat, Sherry, Mike, Connie, Deb, Teresa and Pam, and put all of them through St. Paul Catholic Schools, Norwalk.
After 16 years of marriage, Doug converted to the Catholic faith. He served his country in Okinawa; and retired as a staff sergeant. He worked at various jobs: the Erie County Highway Department, A.J. Baltes Road Construction for 17 years, then Milan Steel for 17 years as a heavy equipment operator setting heavy machinery in factories for steel for bridges. He retired in 1984. Doug was a member of the International and Ohio Operating Engineers Local No. 18.
After retiring, Doug and Eunice spent their winters in Lakeland, Fla., at the Lazy Dazy Campground. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Knights of Columbus. He loved fishing, boating, playing cards and spending time with his family and friends.
Doug is survived by his wife, Eunice; his nine children, Gwendoline (Willard) Bores, James (Katherine) Goostree, Patricia (Thomas) Sprowl and Sheryl Laing, all of Norwalk, Michael (Linda) Goostree of Cutler Ridge, Fla., Constance (Keith) Brunn of Norwalk, Deborah (David) White of Wakeman, Teresa (Kenneth) Sauvey of Lorain and Pamela (Gary) Mason of Tiffin; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Judy) Goostree and Larry (Trula) Goostree, both of Lakeland, Fla.; four sisters, Betty (Dan) Campbell of Portland, Tenn., Dorothy (Nolen) Clement of Camden, Tenn., and Ruth Williams and Jeanette (Sy) Tangerstrom, both of White Bluff, Tenn.; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Goostree of Hendersonville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Glinness and Clara (Hardin) Goostree; sister, Nora "Evelyn" Iscman; a brother, Gilford "Gip" Goostree; and two infant grandchildren, Marvin and Marie Bores.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today, May 15, 2013, at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk.
His Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Frank Kehres will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Paul Cemetery, Norwalk.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.edwalkerfuneralhome.com.