NEWTON FALLS - Douglas Donald Koenders, 57, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at Akron City Hospital.
Douglas was born on Aug. 30, 1955, in Detroit, the son of Roy and Olga Rejc Koenders.
Upon completing his formal education, Douglas graduated in 1973 from Fraser High School in Fraser, Mich.
Later, Douglas enlisted into the United States Army. Serving his country honorably, Douglas received his honorable discharge on Nov. 27, 1978.
He worked in the skilled trades as an electrician prior to relocating to this area in 1980. After attending TDDS, Douglas obtained his CDL certification. He was then employed in the transportation industry by Yellow Roadway Corp. for 29 years.
On June 16, 1984, Douglas and Betty I. Janus were united in marriage.
Douglas was a parishioner of St. Mary and St. Joseph Parish in Newton Falls. He participated in the men's renewal at the church. Doug would also volunteer his time at the Church Mouse and at bingo.
In the spring, Doug could be found outdoor gardening with his faithful companion Woody, his Labrador retriever. As a sports fan, he enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns while still loyal to his hometown teams the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers.
Memories of Doug will be carried on by his wife, Betty; his adored daughter, Madelyn M. Koenders; his mother, Olga; and his siblings, Nancy Clarkson, David (Laurel) Koenders, Dennis (Barbara) Koenders, Robert (Judy) Koenders and Barbara (Jeff) Jones.
Preceding Douglas was his father, Roy.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Borowski Memorial Home where a service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.