Bill Douglas pilots to heaven


Memorial services for William “Bill” Douglas Jr., 65, of Mobridge, were held Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Mobridge with Pastor Gary Street officiating.
Bill passed away Nov. 18, 2012, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.
William L. Douglas Jr. was born July 25, 1947, in Elizabeth City, N.C., to William Sr. and Corinne (Emery) Douglas. Coming from a Coast Guard family, he grew up in North Carolina, California, Hawaii and southeastern Alaska. He was a member of the Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Life Scout. When Bill was 14, his father retired from the Coast Guard and the family moved to Red Bluff, Calif.
Bill was educated at Chico State College in Chico, Calif., and Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He studied geology, math, and everything that caught his interest. His favorite pastime was reading. He became an expert in English history, the Civil War and World War II. He also won nearly every game of Trivial Pursuit he played, despite his family making him play three times as much as everyone else to finish the game.
We will miss his irreverent and hilarious wit, often at the expense of propriety, etiquette and proper manners.
Bill was a computer programmer in the beginning days of home computers and was a 32nd-degree Mason. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Mobridge and a past member of First Baptist of Ontario, Ore., where they lived from 1996 to 2006.
In the words of the family, Bill has finally piloted his B-52 to where there are no traffic lights, stop signs, speed limits or ditches to get in his way.
Missing the final boarding call were: his wife of 34 years, Carole; daughters, Paula (Eric) Jackman, and Ruth (Aaron) Wilson, all of Aberdeen; sons, William L. Douglas III of Boston, Mass., and Carl Thomas Douglas (Ms. Jess Wilson), of Aberdeen; grandson, Nealand Wilson, with another on the way; his mother, Corrine Douglas of Mobridge; and sister, Betty (Gary) Street of Mobridge.
Know that he will be loved and remembered and missed immensely.
Memorial contributions may be made out in Bill’s name to Covenant House (an outreach to abandoned children in inner cities), Times Square Station, P.O. Box 731, New York, N.Y., 10108-0900.

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