HOUGHTON – Douglass Seeber left us peacefully in his sleep on March 6, 2014. Born on Sept. 16, 1931, in Houghton, he was incredibly proud of his upper Michigan heritage. He graduated from Shattuck Military Academy (Shattuck-St. Mary’s) in 1949. He graduated from Michigan Tech in 1953 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Upon graduating from MTU, he served stateside in the US Air Force during the Korean War.
He married Sue-Claire (Vedner), Oct. 7, 1955, and in 1963 they moved their crew to Wausau, Wis. That year began the pattern that was the fabric of Doug’s life. He joined both the Wausau Curling Club, and the Wausau Jaycee’s in 1963. He joined the Wausau Country Club in 1969. He served as the president of the Wausau Story Drum and Bugle Corps Booster Club in 1973, and went on to become the director of the Corps from 1975 to 1977. Under his term, The Wausau Story won the Class A National Championship in 1976.
In 1981, Douglass was elected an honorary life member of the Wausau Curling Club. He served as its president in 1982. His enthusiasm for the sport of curling combined with his love of winter inspired him to successfully lobby to have Wausau host the Inaugural Winter Badger Games in 1985. The following three years, he served as the president of the Wisconsin State Curling Association.
He was owner and president of OverHead Door Co. of Wausau from 1981 until his retirement in 2001.
In addition to curling and golf – “the two sports that don’t overlap” – Douglass was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and a season ticket holder. He watched the historic Ice Bowl game from his seat at Lambeau Field. Doug was a devoted hockey fan and often traveled to his hometown of Houghton to catch a game at his alma mater. Recently, he had become a fan of NASCAR, reminding him of the days of his youth when he would overhaul the engine of his car on a warm Saturday afternoon.
Douglass is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sue-Claire (Vedner); son, Corbin Seeber, (Susan Heckendorf); daughters, Kim, (William Napier), and Catharine, (Loni Strassman); son, D.J. Seeber, (Deb Ryan); and grandchildren, Kieffer, Tyler, Mason and Sunni.
Douglass’s enthusiasm for life was an infectious driving force. He was greatly loved and respected.
We will be having a “Celebration of Life” Open House at the Wausau Curling Club on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Husband, father, mentor and dedicated volunteer, he will be profoundly missed.