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Obituaries

DOUGLAS S STILLWAGON

March 7, 1953 - April 2, 2020

U.S. Veteran

SERVICES LATER DATE

“The Next Great Adventure” – Doug Stillwagon. There will be no more fear and no more pain, and for that we are grateful.

Doug was born March 5, 1953 in West Branch, Michigan in a home without indoor plumbing.  He received his early elementary education in a one room school house in Gladwin, Michigan. From those humble beginnings he went on to receive a Master’s degree in Project Management, worked for the Space Program and some of the largest aerospace companies in the world, leading multi-million-dollar projects all over the country, as well as the world. He was especially proud of his work with the Space Program and received the astronauts’ Silver Snoopy award for outstanding performance, contributing to flight safety and mission success of which fewer than 1 percent of the aerospace program workforce receive annually, making it a special honor to receive.

Doug was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served in Thailand during the Vietnam era. For the past fifteen months Doug battled a very rare form of blood cancer which transformed to leukemia.  His doctors believe this was a result of exposure to chemicals during his service.  He was most passionate about his family.  He was a singer/songwriter, poet and avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He especially loved to fish the waters of Alaska, hunt whitetail deer in Georgia, and had many adventures on his Harley.

Our lives and heart will forever be emptier without him here.  He was the kind of man that it just felt good to be around. He loved a good story and a good song, but most of all he loved his wife and “kids”.

Doug is proceeded in death by his father, Robert Stillwagon and his mother Frances Foote. He is survived by his beloved wife Amanda Stillwagon, son Christopher Rossi, daughter Anastasia Vilardebo (Kenneth). Also survived by sister Bonnie Wright (Roy) brothers, Jerry Stillwagon (Becky), Dave Stillwagon (Kim Brown), Mike Stillwagon (Holly), along with numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.  Due to COVID-19 a service will be held at a later date.