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 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 in Norwalk. After 16 years of marriage, Doug converted to the Catholic faith.
Doug served his country in Okinawa, and retired as a staff sergeant. He worked at various jobs - 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 18. After retiring, Doug and Eunice spent their winters in Lakeland, Fla., at the Lazy Dazy Campground. He was a member of Moose Lodge and Knights of Columbus. He loved fishing, boating, playing cards, and spending time with his family and friends.
Doug is survived by his wife, Eunice; nine children, Gwendoline (Willard) Bores, James (Katherine) Goostree, Patricia (Thomas) Sprowl, 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; brothers, Jack (Judy) Goostree and Larry (Trula) Goostree of Lakeland; sisters, Betty (Dan) Campbell of Portland, Dorothy (Nolen) Clement of Camden, Tenn., Ruth Williams and Jeanette (Sy) Tangerstrom of White Bluff, Tenn.; and 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; brother, Gilford "Gip" Goostree; and two infant grandchildren, Marvin and Marie Bores.
Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. Rev. Frank Kehres will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be made by going to edwalkerfuneralhome.com.