- May 28, 1946 - February 9, 2017
- Delton (Crooked Lake), Michigan
of Douglas' Passing
Gull Lake United Methodist Church
8640 Gull Road
Richland, MI 49083
Barry Community Foundation - Leadership Barry County Fund
231 S. Broadway Street
Hastings, MI 49058
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“Jan - I just learned that Doug passed away. I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and you are blessed to have been together for...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: Laura Culver - Battle Creek, MI
“Dear Jan, I was saddened to learn of Doug's passing.What stands out in my mind the times I met him was his smile.Know you beautiful smile and heart...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Diane Scott - Hastinga, MI
“Jan: We were sorry to hear about Doug. He was a great man, but you know that. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
3 of 31 | Posted by: Steve & Julie DeBoer - Vero Beach, FL
“Always a winner!! Great guy to be around! Made any conversation or get together more than what it would have been. Our sincere condolences to...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Ray and Albina Rowles - MI
“Jan--- Karen let me know of Doug's passing. I am sad to learn about it and send my empathy to you at this time. Doug was such a fun person to be...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Marilyn Beach - Mercedes, TX
“Dear Jan - I am so sorry to learn of Doug's passing. Know that many will have you in their thoughts and prayers.
6 of 31 | Posted by: Don Lusch - Estero, FL
“Doug was the kind of guy you wanted as a neighbor. Before I arrived and Marian was living with her father in our house we had a major wind storm,...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Robert and Marian Houtman - MI
“Doug was our neighbor and a good friend on whom we could depend for advice on our house or the community. He graciously brought Thanksgiving dinner...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Robert and Marian Houtman - MI
“Doug had the gift to turn any conversation into a good laugh; the gift to give hugs when I really needed one; and the gift of friendship that...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Wyoma "Wy" Smith - Delton, MI
“Thank you Jan for all you and your hubby did for our church community. Dick and Marilyn Kik
10 of 31 | Posted by: A friend
“What an awesome human and Uncle! Hard to believe we will not hear his jokes anymore! Loved him dearly and love you Aunt Jan and Jon! Praying for...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: Debbi Heagerty - Bradenton, FL
“Always had fun when Doug was around, especially at the annual meetings of the MLFCG. He will be sorely missed.
12 of 31 | Posted by: Tom Kemper - Wyandotte, MI
“Jan and Family, Rebecca and I send love and hope to you at this sad time. Doug was the first person I would seek out at social functions. I knew we...Read More »
13 of 31 | Posted by: Martin LaCasse - Richland, MI
“He will be truly missed by all.
14 of 31 | Posted by: Michele/Mike Hartough/Adney - CA
“Warm, wonderful, funny man. So glad to have known him. Always a joke to tell and and easy smile. Such a loss.
15 of 31 | Posted by: Denise Poyer - Battle Creek, MI
“A very funny person, I enjoyed talking with him over the years at coffee after church services. RIP Doug.
16 of 31 | Posted by: Tim Stamm - Augusta, MI
“Jan: totally shocked. A dear friend and a great Kiwanian . His smile and friendship will be deeply missed. May the peace of Christ be with you.
17 of 31 | Posted by: Ron Burris - Bellevue, MI
“Shocked!!!!!Deeply saddened,,,,,,,,,,Always a smile......Always a friend.Denny & Kathy HoornStuart, FL
18 of 31 | Posted by: A friend
“Jan and Jon, My heart and love go out to you! You are in my prayers.
19 of 31 | Posted by: Bonnie Wichtner-Zoia - Rose City
“Jan and Jon, So sorry to hear this sad news. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
20 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Andrews - Mason, MI
“Doug never met anyone or heard a joke he didn't like. RIP.
21 of 31 | Posted by: Tom Blaising - South Haven, MI
“Jan, I am so very sorry for your loss. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comfort you with His Grace and Peace. I had the privilege of getting to...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Pastor Terry Tomlinson - MI
“I was blessed to have traveled a few times with Doug and Jan; and always fun when Doug was around. I was truly imagining the next trip... Doug was an...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Ann Chastain - Mackinaw City, MI
Sorry for your loss. the Mutch family is thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
24 of 31 | Posted by: Dale Mutch - Portage, MI - friend
“Jan, I was so sorry to hear the news today that Doug has passed. And, although he lives in Heaven...it was too soon to leave the earth. My thoughts...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Laura Trombley - Kalamazoo, MI
“Jan, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
26 of 31 | Posted by: David Stoll - Plainwell, MI
“A great loss to the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek....and to all who knew, Doug...always a mood lifter to all...I will miss him greatly
27 of 31 | Posted by: Byron Hodgson - Scottsdale, AZ
“Jan --- So sorry your loss. May the great time of days gone by ease your pain a bit. Know your friends care and are thinking of you and praying for...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: MEL Matchett - Elk Rapids, MI
“Dear Jan and Jon,How sad we are to learn of Doug's passing. We hold lots of memories...Big hugs every Sunday from Doug..Fun times at the Adult...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Eleanor DeVries - Battle Creek, MI
“During lawn mowing season, we would always meet between the properties and talk about life. We talked about anything and everything, and how Doug...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Richard Smith - Delton, MI
“Dear Jan and Jon - What fond memories I have of Doug...he ALWAYS made me smile. No one enjoyed life more than Doug Hartough and he absolutely loved...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Ann Hinsdale-Knisel - Sand Creek, MI
Douglas Stuart Hartough of Delton (Crooked Lake), MI
Our great friend, loving husband and father Doug Hartough, age 70, died unexpectedly during surgery on Thursday evening, February 9, 2017 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, in Kalamazoo, MI.
Doug was the son of Walter and Gretchen (Richards) Hartough, and was born in Toledo, Ohio on May 28, 1946. He moved to Battle Creek in 1971 and to Upper Crooked Lake in Delton in 2001. He served his country honorably and nobly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Doug graduated from Western Michigan University with his Bachelors of Business Administration in 1984, and was employed in the legal department at Kellogg's for several years. He then worked as a Sales Manager for Radio Communications, retiring in 2006 from Motorola. Doug was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Battle Creek, and most recently a member of Gull Lake United Methodist Church where he was a Lay Leader. He was an active member of the Battle Creek Kiwanis Club for more than 30 years, and served on the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Memorial Park Cemetery and as a volunteer for several events including the annual Sandhill Crane Festival at the Kiwanis Youth Area overlooking Big Marsh Lake.
He was appointed to the Barry County 911/Emergency Services Board and the Barry County Tax Allocation Board, and mentored Delton elementary students as a Chess Club coach. Doug had been an active member and Director of Junior Achievement in Battle Creek; had umpired softball games at Bailey Park and was a frustrated member of the golfing community. He also loved fishing, and was a member of the Murray Lake Fish and Game Club for almost 40 years.
Doug was the life of any occasion, always quick with a joke and up for teaching backgammon, bridge or fishing. With his disarming charm and infectious laugh, Doug made friends instantly and permanently. His presence will be tremendously missed.
Doug was united in marriage to Janice Kay (Julian) in Danville, Illinois on April 3, 1971. Surviving is his wife of 45 years, Jan; his son, Jon Douglas Hartough of Washington, D.C. and two brothers, Jay (Barbara) Hartough of Phoenix, Arizona and Jan Hartough of Palm Beach, Florida. Doug was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Steve.
The Memorial Service to celebrate Doug's life will be held on Saturday, February 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Gull Lake United Methodist Church, 8640 Gull Road, Richland, MI 49083, with the Rev. Len. R. Schoenherr, Pastor, officiating. Family and friends will continue Doug's life celebration with a time of fellowship and a luncheon immediately following the Service in the Church Fellowship Hall. Doug's family will greet friends on Friday, Feb. 17th from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89). At a later date, final interment will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan with the United States Army Honor Guard and the Fort Custer Honor Guard bestowing full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Doug's honor may be directed to Gull Lake United Methodist Church, 8640 Gull Road, Richland, MI 49083 or the Barry Community Foundation — Leadership Barry County Fund, 231 S. Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058, https://www.barrycf.org/funds/leadership-barry-county-fund.