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.