Maurice Rolland Dougal, Milford, IA (1923-2014)
May 8, l923 - August 25, 2014
Maurice Rolland Dougal, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Milford Nursing Center in Milford, at ninety-one years of age, the eldest son of Adelbert Isaac and Goldya Violet (White) Dougal. He was born May 8, l923, in Dunlap, IA. His early childhood years were spent in Dunlap, and Missouri Valley, IA. When Maurice was 14, his family moved to Everly, IA. He graduated from Everly High School in 1940. In 1945, Maurice joined the Army Air Corps and was stationed in the Philippines, and Japan, during World War II, where he was assigned to pilot weather reporting. He was honorably discharged in 1947. Maurice returned home and married Louise Ruth Wilken on April 6, 1947, at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly. After their marriage, Maurice and Louise were members of the Little Sioux Lutheran Church. Then they joined Hope Lutheran Church in Everly.
Maurice and Louise farmed all their lives in Clay, and Dickinson counties, and moved to Westport Township, in Dickinson County, in 1955. He resided there until moving to WEL-Life in 2009, and to the Milford Nursing Center in 2012. He was one of the first farmers in the county to use minimum tillage. Maurice was very active in the community. He served as a Dickinson County Supervisor, Westport Township trustee, Assistant District Soil Commissioner, and volunteer driver for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was a member of the Northwest Iowa Farm Business Association, Farm Bureau, the Two Cylinder Club and American Legion Post 384, where he held various offices—his passion being the Boys’ State Program.
WA0UVH (Doug) was a licensed ham operator for over fifty years. He was a charter member of the 3900 Ham Radio Club and participated in many message relays. Additionally, he was involved in handi-hams, which assisted the Pony Express Ride for Crippled Children. He was also a weather spotter.
Survivors include his two children, Bruce (Barb) Dougal of Janesville, WI, and Kathleen Biittner (Wayne Johnson) of Lake Park, IA; four grandchildren: Brian (Rose) and Eric (Kelly) Dougal, Heath Biittner and Kristi (McClain) Robinson; seven great grandchildren: Dylan, Brayden, and Lily Dougal, Kiley Holbert, Destine, Trey, and Cody Robinson. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2003. His parents and two brothers, Arwin and Merwin, also preceded him in death.
Funeral services for Maurice Dougal of Milford, IA, were Monday, August 25, 2014, at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly, IA. Interment is at Lone Tree Cemetery in Everly, IA. TURNER JENNESS FUNERAL HOME of Milford, is in charge of arrangements.