Douglas Eugene Shassberger




Born: April 25, 1943
Death: September 2, 2016


Douglas Eugene Shassberger, age 73 of Lowell, was reunited with his beloved wife in Heaven on Friday, September 2, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Ray Shassberger; parents Fred and Ann Shassberger; mother-in- law Betty J. Colton; sister-in- law Kris Shassberger; and son-in- law Craig Davies. He is survived by his daughters Stacy Everett, Melissa (John) Wingett and Kim (Darren) Brown; grandchildren Kayleigh Davies, Dakotah, Gib and Maizy Gleason, Sophia and Brennan Brown; great-granddaughter Karma Dae Gleason; brother Fred Shassberger; nieces Michele (Ken) Harwell and Becky (Ed) Kissinger; nephew Scott (Tracy) Shassberger; great-nieces Katie (Mischa) Cadell and Allison Harwell; great-nephews Jason and Joshua Kissinger and Christian and Branden Shassberger. Douglas was born April 25, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Creston High School in 1961, where he was a member of the marching band and football team. He joined the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas from 1964 to 1966. He is a Vietnam Era Veteran. He is decorated with the National Defense Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, and the Rifle Qualification Badge. He was qualified M-14 in basic training. El Paso is where he met the love of his life Betty. Doug and Betty shared a beautiful, loving marriage for 49 years. Doug worked for the United States Postal Service and served as a letter carrier for more than 30 years. In his later retirement he continued to stay busy working part time as security for Lowell Area Schools. He loved working at Lowell High School. His daily interactions with co-workers, staff, parents and students meant the world to him. Doug was a member of the American Legion Official Post 152 in Lowell, MI where he served as Official Chaplain, the Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Michigan – Belding-Ionia 355, Shriners, Lowell Arts Council, and Flat River Wood Carvers. He also volunteered at Flat River Outreach Ministries and the Lowell Wildlife Center. His church family at First Congregational Church of Lowell, UCC, was very important to him. He loved singing in the choir and playing drums during worship services.  Doug had a passion for woodcarving, hunting and fishing. His life was full of outreach and a devotion to always helping others. His German heritage has always been a big part of his life. One of his favorite things to make for family gatherings was German Potato Salad. He will be missed greatly by any person who has ever had the chance to meet him. His personality will forever be remembered. A great joy in his life was sitting and talking with anyone who would listen, even if they didn’t want to. Visitation Saturday, September 10, from 2-5 p.m. and Sunday, September 11, from 1-2 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Lowell, 865 Lincoln Lake Ave. Interment Fort Custer National Cemetery. Reverend Richard Sherlock officiating. A Memorial service will be held Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Lowell Wildlife Center, 12494 Vergennes St SE, Lowell, MI 49331 and the Veterans Association.

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