Remembrances for Local Activist Doug Boone

I am sad to report that Doug Boone, local activist for Progressive Politics, the Peace Movement and the Democratic Party has passed away.

I am putting up this post at the request of his partner, Jane Spietz in case anyone that is unable to make the service would like to post some words.

Here is his obit:

Douglas R. Boone

Douglas R. Boone, 54, of Oshkosh died Thursday, May 17, 2007 at Mercy Medical Center.

He was born November 7, 1952 in Waupaca, a son of Douglas J. Boone and Beverly Mjelde Boone.

Doug was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam conflict as an Intelligence Officer. He was a past Commander and Life Member of our local Disabled American Veterans Post 17 and received awards for recruiting many new members.

Survivors include his mother Beverly Freiberg of Oshkosh; father Doug J. Boone of Oshkosh; brothers and sisters Cheri (Rick) Waters of Omro, Michael (Karin) Boone of Oshkosh, Susan (Steve) Brook of Royal Palm Beach, FL, Stacy (Steve) Schmid of Oshkosh, Tyler Tarr of Manhattan Beach, CA, and Thomas (Katie) Tarr of Edina, MN; special friend Jane Spietz of Oshkosh; nieces and nephews Wendy Peterson, Michael Waters, Kristy Waters, Melanie Boone, Maggie Boone, Jessica Voils, Nicholas Voils, John Prahl, Sommer Roux, James Schmid, and Christopher Tarr. Doug was preceded in death by his grandparents and step-father Wayne Tarr.

Doug was a tireless peace activist who single handedly collected thousands of signatures against the Iraq War. In addition to working to end the Iraq War, Doug was a champion of workers' rights, the environment, voting rights, and many other important causes. He was member of the Winnebago County Democratic Party. He was very involved in local, state and national politics and actively campaigned for countless political candidates. It will be difficult to imagine the Fox Valley activist community without Doug's presence.

Doug was the President of Georgia Gardens Condominium Association and was instrumental in beautifying the grounds and making many positive changes on behalf of the residents.

Doug also was a regular contributor to the Scene magazine and wrote numerous articles about musical events. Music was another great passion of his.

A special thank you to Dr. Peter Hannon and all of his staff at MMC Intensive Care Unit, especially nurses Stephanie, Margaret, Kelly, Karen H., Sue, Courtney, Elaine, Polly, Norm, Karen Z. and Hospital Chaplain Phil DeWitt. Special recognition to Dawn Auclair of MMC and the UW Madison Organ Procurement Team.

Funeral services for Doug will be held Tuesday May 22, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home-West, Rev. Rich Engle officiating. Family and friends may call at the Lake Pointe Dr. funeral home on Monday from 5-8 PM and again Tuesday from 10 AM until the service. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to one of following organizations: Christine Ann Center, Oshkosh Area Humane Society, Friends of the Oshkosh Public Library, Disabled American Veterans, or the Oshkosh Community Foundation.

"On Eagles Wings" And He will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine – like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hand.

Doug, you will be forever missed by your family and friends, and we will see you again in Heaven.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Doug will be missed. He was a good man and left us too early.