Donald Melvin Douglas

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Born on April 10, 1938

Departed on November 15, 2017 and resided in Imperial, MO

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Donald Melvin Douglas, asleep in Jesus.

We said goodbye to an amazing man last night. Don was born on April 10, 1938 to Charles and Alvera and passed away on November 15, 2017 in the loving presence of family.  In those 79 years, Don was a brother to Lorna Douglas; a husband to Ellen (née Frazee), having three children: Mike (Ann), Mark (Laurie), and Dona Douglas; and then friend, lover, and husband to Karen (née Callmeyer) for the last 28 years where he gained three step-children: Tina Swarts (Brian), Keith Autry (Charie), and Chris Autry (Jolina).  These unions resulted in 15 grandchildren (Ashley (Justin), Michael (Samantha), Joe, Steve, Jonathan (Chelsea), Taylor, Abbey, Quinn, Nathan, Paige, Liam, Nataly, Myles, Austen, and Harrison) and four great-grandchildren (Alivia, Ethan, Millie, and Colton).  Don could fix anything, make anything, tell the best stories (and an occasional dirty joke), write oodles of poetry, and sing you a ditty.  He loved woodworking, making toy boxes for grandkids, creating lamps and sculptures out of metal, fishing, elk hunting, team roping, the rodeo, Arizona, and being outside. He was a member of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association). His friends from school and his cousins still call him Donnie, but the rest of us know him as Don, Dad, and Cutie. He holds the 100-yard dash record at Hancock High School and received a recognition award from the school for it in 2012 (although he would say with a wink and a smile that it is because they changed to meters shortly thereafter). While the last five years were spent in a wheel-chair, that didn’t slow him down. Karen liked to say, “Don did more in a wheelchair than most men do on two legs.” His passing has left a hole in all our hearts and we will miss him greatly.  God’s Grace and Peace be set upon our hearts today, as we know he is where the Lord needs him to be. A memorial service will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2211 Tenbrook Road, Arnold, MO 63010, on Monday, Nov. 20 at 10 am with laughter, tears, and stories to follow.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Bob & Sandy Trenz November 17, 2017 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Don was a great friend and will be missed. Karen and the rest of the family our in our prayers for God’s healing and comfort in this very sad time of loss.

  2. Mike Streicher November 17, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply


    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad. You and your family are in my prayers.

    Mike and Lisa

  3. D & D Wreck Rebuilders Inc November 17, 2017 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen and family members, may God shine his light on each of you and give you strength at this difficult time!
    Love, Dave & Jeanine Francis & family

  4. Randy and DeeDee Henderson November 17, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Don was always full of great stories, and laughs. We are praying God to send comfort and peace for Karen and the entire family. We will miss you Don. You were a wonderful friend. Randy and DeeDee Henderson

  5. Ann Douglas November 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    We said goodbye to an amazing man last night. Don you will be deeply missed by your family, friends, and peoples hearts you’ve touched . From the amazing man you were, now no longer in pain and celebrating in the Love of Jesus. Cowboys are never really gone they just find a new adventure in heaven. You will live in our hearts and through your poems of love and reflection. Gods Grace and Peace be set upon our hearts today, as we know you are where the Lord needed you to be. Till we meet you on the other side, Dance and celebrate, no more chair for you. You have been restored. Till we meet again RIP Don Douglas.

  6. Nancy Schopp November 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I know that I’m a live on and all of your hearts and keep watch over you through your lives. I’m glad I got to see him recently. Don was quite a man

  7. Rose and Bob Kromer November 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Karen and family. So happy we got to know Don in his rodeo days. His artistic talents will live on, in the beauty of his works. He will be remembered as a good man to his friends and family. God Bless and please let me know if there is anything I can do. We can just sit, talk, laugh and cry together. I am here for you. Rose

  8. Kathy Farnham November 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Karen, Prayers for peace, strength and the surrounding of abundant love as you say your good byes to your precious husband. Blessings my friend,

  9. Tiffany Hasenbeck November 17, 2017 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Dona and family, I am so sorry about your dad. You and yours are in my prayers and thoughts. 💟💟💟

  10. Toni Lawrence November 18, 2017 at 6:45 am - Reply

    May you be aware of the Lord’s Presence today and always. During this season of Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the times we got to know and visit with Don. The Lord bless you and keep you.

  11. Gary & Kathy Ulrich November 18, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Dear Karen & family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We treasure the times that we spent together in AZ and our trips back to St Louis. Don taught us so much about loving AZ. We enjoyed his roping stories, especially the ones when he wasn’t able to get around well. Gary still talks about his “tough roping friend”. We pray that God continues to wrap His loving arms around all of you knowing Don is at peace and is no longer in pain.

  12. David & Rhonda Grau November 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Karen, our thoughts are with you and your family.. Rhonda and I were saddened tohear abuot your terrible loss.Please know that we are praying for your comfort and peace at this time. May the Lord bless you and keepyou always.

  13. Cheryl Ann Mueller November 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I wanted to say something poetic but I wasn’t feeling very creative until I read the notification. Now I’m very emotional and now I know how happy I am to have Don as a friend to one of my very best friends. So happy that they lived and loved their live together.

  14. Ruth Wangerin November 18, 2017 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    I am sorry to hear of your loss, Karen. May you find comfort and peace.

  15. Ruth Wangerin November 18, 2017 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I am sorry to hear of your loss, Karen. It sounds like he was a great guy. May you find comfort and peace.
    Your friend from long ago, Ruth

  16. Penny Callmeyer November 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Don was one of my favorite cousins and made Karen very happy (most of the time) 🙂 I actually knew Don before Karen met him, we both worked at the brewery. I loved his stories, artwork and poems, he was so very creative. I mucked a few stalls for him in AZ, loved to ride his horses and even gazed once while they were practicing. He will always be in my heart but very missed!

  17. Jane Dippel November 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Dear Karen, I”m so sorry about the loss of your husband.

  18. Jane Dippel November 21, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Dear Karen,

    I’m sorry for your loss.


  19. Denny & Jan Weil November 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Our deepest sympathy! Denny & Jan Weil

  20. Sharon Brown November 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Lorna, I know the loss of your brother hurts a lot. He was a big connection to you in your family. But he is no longer in pain, and for that I know you are grateful. Memories of him will always be in your heart. Just know that my heart hurts for you dear one. I love you.

  21. Jim Tanner November 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    I am very proud to have been friends with Don starting from grade school thru Hancock High School days. I ran the 100 yard dash at Hancock also but broke no records. 🙂 I remember the days Don when I was invited to spend nights at your Mom and Dads and you showing me how to ride your horses and getting bucked off many times. 🙂 Being I moved to California and living far away made it impossible for us to communicate as often as I had wished but in soul and memories I will never forget our friendship. Bless you Karen and family you are in my Prayers forever. To you Don you have no more pain living in GODS House. God I know has a corral in your name for yourself and your ponies. Barb and I send our love to you.
    Jim and Barbara Tanner

  22. Tom&Betty Eddy November 27, 2017 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Was the first person i met at Dinimate Arena Cave creek Arizona. My horse was lame and Don saddled his paint horse for me. He nevernew a stranger. A good man and always a friend. Rest In Peace my friend.

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