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Douglas Estling
January 5, 1948 - March 12, 2020

Douglas Estling, 72, of Oelwein passed away Thursday March 12, 2020.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Wednesday March 18, 2020 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM on Thursday March 19, 2020 at the funeral home.  Interment will be in Long Grove Cemetery at Maynard.  A memorial fund has been established.

Doug was born in Edgewood on January 5, 1948 to parents Leo and Verna (Voshell) Estling.  He graduated East Buchanan High School with the class of 1966.  On June 12, 1967 he was united in marriage with Verna Kay Thein at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.  He served his country honorably during the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corps from February of 1967 to March of 1970, obtaining the rank of Sergeant.  Doug was employed with Niemann Construction Co. of Sumner for 35 years.

Doug enjoyed fishing, camping, John Wayne, watching Tony Stewart race, and spoiling his wife. After retirement they spent their time as camp hosts at Maynard City Park. He loved being retired so he could spend his days on the deck drinking his coffee, watching the birds on his many bird feeders, and taking a nap. Some of our fondest memories are just spending time together as a family.

Left to celebrate Doug’s life are his wife Kay; his children: Carmen (Joe) Wedemeier of Oelwein, Steve (Jamie) Estling of Oelwein and April Estling of Maynard; his grandchildren: Eric Croal, Taylor Wedemeier, Jared Wedemeier, Brendon Estling, Jacob Estling and Amir Estling; his great-grandchildren: Emery Croal and Lilly Estling; his sisters: Darla (Tom) Thompson and Dixie (Sonny) Hoffman; his brothers: Mike (Sue) Estling and Kenny (Judy) Estling.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother in infancy Timothy Estling and his grandson Kaiden Estling.


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Sheryl Gosse & John S. friends on March 16, 2020 at 8:27 PM said:

Kay & family: Sorry for the loss of a good man. My friend John spoke highly of Doug often, he enjoyed working with him at Nieman's years ago. We visited with you/Doug when we ate at Country Cottage or other places. Cherish your memories, be close w/your family, friends are here for you as well. Remember to take it one day at a time. God loves you all.
Cathy Canno on March 15, 2020 at 9:38 AM said:

Doug was a wonderful, caring man. I can never repay him or any of the Estling family for all they did for my mom, my kids & myself over the years.Doug may be gone but he will never be forgotten. RIP DOUG.
Trisha imbus on March 14, 2020 at 12:58 PM said:

I am truly sad to hear of Doug's passing. My fondest memory is him showing me how to not catch burgers on fire on a gas grill. He will be missed.
Vickie Buckman on March 14, 2020 at 8:49 AM said:

Dixie I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
Anonymous on March 13, 2020 at 9:41 PM said:

So sorry for your loss, I am sure that Maiden took him by the hand and probably doing something that they enjoyed. Kay so sorry for your loss, hugs and prayers to you.
Dan Howard family on March 13, 2020 at 8:16 PM said:

Your Dad was one of the good guys. So sorry for your loss. Sympathies to your family.
Mike & Mary Gaffney on March 13, 2020 at 8:06 PM said:

Deepest condolences to the family and dear friends of the greatest guy ever.

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