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Dr. Roy James Douglas

Nov. 23, 1922-Jan. 30, 2013

February 3, 2013
Minot Daily News

Funeral services for Dr. Roy J. Douglas, age 90, of Minot, formerly of Bottineau, will be Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the United Parish in Bottineau. Officiating at the service will be Pastor Deb Burger. Elaine Freeman will be the organist and LeAnn Bremner will be the soloist. Casket bearers will be Mark Kornkven, Kelly Newberger, Kelly Heinert, Jay Kersten, Bob Kornkven, Steven Lodoen and Richard Geiger. Burial will be at the Oak Creek Cemetery in Bottineau.

Roy James Douglas Jr. was born on Nov. 23, 1922, in Dunseith, son of Roy Douglas Sr. and Edyth Bonine "Bonnie" Douglas. He lived in Dunseith, Southam and Grand Forks. He graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1940. He attended the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, until 1943 and then served in the medical department of the U.S. Navy until 1946. He returned to UND and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1947. He then attended optometric college in Chicago, graduating in 1950. He opened a practice of optometry in Bottineau in 1951 until retirement in 1984. In 1965 he married Adele Korman Brandt of Bottineau.

He served as director of the Bottineau Chamber of Commerce, the Bottineau Concert Series, was a member of the American Legion and Masons. In the 1950s he joined the Metigoshe Flying Club and enjoyed flying his plane to many fishing areas. He served as elder in the Presbyterian Church for many years and was a member of the United Parish. In 2010 he was a member of the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial which he enjoyed so much.

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Roy passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at a Minot nursing home.

He is survived by: his wife, Adele; four stepdaughters, Diane (Jay) Kersten of Minot, Colleen (Robert) Kornkven of Bottineau, Bonnie (Steve) Lodoen of San Jose, Calif., and Susan (Richard) Geiger of Grafton; six stepgrandchildren, Stephanie (Kelly) Heinert, Kelly David Newberger, Katie (Kevin) Kersten-Tyler, Angela (Brian) Volk, Mark (Angela) Kornkven, Amy (Dalyn) Vollrath; eight stepgreat-grandchildren, Taylor Ann Heinert, Jacob Heinert, Joseph Heinert, Dayton Tyler, Riley Tyler, Keegan Volk, Kyra Volk and Devon Vollrath; his brother-in-law, Bill Metcalfe of Arizona; and four nephews, Mike, Scott, Chris and Jeff.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Roy J. Douglas Sr. and Edyth Bonine Douglas; sister, Fay Metcalfe and two stepgrandsons, Stephen Headsten and Jeff Lodoen.

Arrangements are with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.

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