Douglas J. Louwagie, 60, of Milroy died Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the Avera-Marshall Medical Center in Marshall. Services were Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy. Interment was in the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Milroy, with a luncheon served in the church social hall immediately after the burial. The Almlie Funeral Home of Tracy handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be placed at www.almliefh.com.
Douglas Joseph Louwagie was born November 15, 1952 to Emil and Bertha (Noyes) Louwagie in Marshall, Lyon County. He grew up on a farm near Green Valley and was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith at St. Clotilde Catholic Church in Green Valley.
Doug attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Marshall and later Marshall High School, graduating in 1970. He then entered the Minnesota National Guard and served from 1970 until 1976. After high school Doug then attended Canby Vo-Tech from 1971-73 for construction electrician.
On October 30, 1976 Doug married Jane Meisinger at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield, and they made their home in Milroy. Doug began working at G&R Electric in Tracy in 1973 and gained his Master Electricians license. He became a partner in G&R in 1987, purchased the business in 1995 and operated the business until his retirement in 2010.
He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Milroy and served on its parish maintenance board.
He also served on the Milroy Fire Department for 33 year, and was a member of the Milroy American Legion and the Tracy Eagles Club. Doug enjoyed fishing, deer hunting and spending time at the lake, but what he especially loved was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will always be remembered by family and friends for his great work ethic and his strong spirit through his battle with Parkinson’s disease.
On Saturday, December 1, 2012 Doug died, surrounded by his loving family, at the Avera-Marshall Medical Center in Marshall at the age of 60.
Doug is survived by his wife, Jane Louwagie of Milroy; his mother, Bertha Louwagie of Marshall; two sons, Corey (Alisa) Louwagie of Hanover and Jamie (Kristina) Louwagie of St. Louis Park; one daughter, Katie (Travis) Schreier of Chaska; six grandchildren, Olivia, Tyler, Lucas and Samuel Louwagie and Isaac and Morgan Schreier; five brothers, Dennis (Evelyn) Louwagie and Dean (Linda) Louwagie, both of Marshall, Bob (Linda) Louwagie of Wallingford, Iowa, Greg (Diane) Louwagie and Pat Louwagie both of Marshall; two sisters, Diane (David) Hennen of Minneota and Bev (David) Peterson of Alexandria; two sisters-in-law, Kathy (Duane) Haugan of New Hope and Ruth (Juan) Medellin of Edina; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
His father, Emil Louwagie, his in-laws, George and Lucy Meisinger, brothers-in-law, Bob Meisinger and John Cederberg, and two nephews, Eric Hennen and Grant Medellin preceded him in death.
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