Douglas J. Nieland

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Douglas J. "Doug" Nieland, husband of Anita Martin Nieland, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Hospice Compassionate Care Center, Richmond, Ky., surrounded by his family.

A gathering of friends was held on Sunday, April 24, at Oldham, Roberts and Powell Funeral Home, Richmond, Ky. He was honored in the tradition of the Broken Wand Ceremony by Ring No. 198.

Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Guttenberg, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 28. Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Doug was born in Guttenberg on Sept. 22, 1937. He loved Iowa and always considered it home. Doug was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Guttenberg. He graduated from St. Mary’s where he was a star basketball player and upon graduation he held the state record for most points scored in a game (53), and as Doug would point out, that was before the three point shot!

Doug was a man of many talents. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians for 58 consecutive years. He loved photography and was an avid nature enthusiast, baseball card collector, philatelist and numismatist.

He loved telling jokes and he never met a stranger.

Doug taught in the Department of Recreation at Eastern Kentucky University for 31 years. His philosophy in life was “Live a day you can remember.”

Doug is survived by his wife, Anita; his son, Eric (Delma) Nieland, Lexington, Ky.; his daughter, Lisa (Garren Ruggabear) Juvette, Fargo, N.D.; granddaughter, Heidi, with his great-granddaughter, Aurora, Mesa Ariz. and granddaughter, Gabby Johnson, Chandler, Ariz.; step-daughter, Alisia (Lonny) Robinson; and grandchildren, Miranda and Marsh Robinson, Richmond, Ky. Others include a brother-in-law, Keith (Verna) Martin, Berea, Ky.; brother-in-law, Vernon Gulbro, Guttenberg; special nieces, Cynthia (Mike) Fessler, Dubuque; Deborah (Shorty) Kline, Colorado; Amy (Kelly) Martin, Maysville, Ky.; Amanda (Billy) Harris, Berea, Ky.; nephews, Jim and Doug Klein and Duane Gulbro; and numerous loving family members.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Gregor and Lillian Nieland; his sister, Mary Lou Gulbro; and his mother-in-law, whom he dearly adored, Josephine


In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Hospice Compassionate Care Center, 350 Isaacs Lane, Richmond, Ky. 40475

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