Gene Richard Douglass, son of the late William “Bill” Sr. and Betty (Alderson) Douglass, was born on October 3, 1946 in Texas County, Missouri, and departed this life on February 23, 2014 at his home in Mountain Grove, Missouri. He was 67 years of age.
Gene went to school in Mountain Grove and graduated from Mountain Grove High School in 1964. He went on to attend Southwest Missouri State in Springfield. Gene loved to play football in high school as well as college. He was forever a fan and supporter of the sports programs at both schools. He also enjoyed golfing and hunting.
Gene literally grew up in the family business, known at that time as Douglass Coal and Wrecking. The current office was the family home for many years before they moved to the farm. In the mid 1980s, Gene took over the business his father had started and renamed it Douglass Steel; however, among the family it was just commonly referred to as “Dunn.”
Gene married Linda Fields on January 31, 1970 in Independence, Missouri. Two daughters were born to this union.
Besides his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Julie, and his oldest brother, Bill, Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; his youngest daughter, Jill MacPherson: three granddaughters, Olivia, Madelyn, and Camille; five brothers, Chet Douglass and wife Judy, Charley Douglass and wife Jean Ann, Jim Douglass, Robert Douglass, and John Douglass and wife Betty; six sisters, Carol Dodds, Pinky Gum and husband Mac, Nancy Duplisse and husband Bill, Nona Richey and husband Ron, Anna Stigall and husband Marty, and Marla Douglass; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends who will miss him greatly.
Family memorial services were held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Craig-Hurtt Chapel. Mac Gum was the speaker. Anna Stigall said the opening prayer and Nancy Duplisse the closing prayer. Pinky Gum served as pianist. The song selection was “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Arrangements were under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.