Melvin A. Douglas

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Melvin A. “Junior” Douglas, 90, of Zanesfield, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine.

A 1945 graduate of  Raymond High School, Melvin proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII where he received the Army of Occupation Medal and the WWII Victory Medal. Upon returning from the service, he continued to farm the rest of his life. Melvin was a firefighter with the Perry Township Fire Department and also served as fire chief. An avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed working puzzles and “tinkering” in the barn. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Born Nov. 11, 1926, in Richwood, he was the son of the late Melvin L. and Mary Jerew Douglas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Rex Douglas; his grandchildren, Kelly and Greg Douglas; a daughter-in-law, Carol; and his sisters, Lucille, Gertie, Helen, Isabelle and Phyllis.

On May 11, 1948, in Kentucky, he married his beloved wife of 69 years, Ruth Eubanks, and she survives in East Liberty. He is also survived by his children, Gary Douglas and Vickie (Roy) Crites of Zanesfield; grandchildren, Cristina (Wayne Thomas) Crites, Chris (Alysia) Crites, Courtney (Guy) Butts, Lynn Douglas, Kerry Douglas, Michelle Barbu and Jamie Douglas; several great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Douglas of Michigan.

Calling is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at the Wilson Funeral Home, Mannasmith Chapel, 621 W. Fifth St., Marysville, where funeral services are at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. The Rev. Tom Amlin officiates and burial follows in the East Liberty Cemetery where military rites will be observed by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard. 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Perry Township Fire Department and condolences may be expressed at