Douglass, George E., Vestaburg, Michigan


Passed away peacefully with family at his side on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Arbor Grove Assisted Living, Alma, Michigan. Age 97 years. 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-grandchildren; 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 (Marty) 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 on April 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. 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. Condolences may be made utilizing the guestbook at www.brighamfuneralchapel.com.