Douglas Arthur Ury was born July 11, 1947, as Guy Malone in New York, New York. At the age of 2, he was adopted and received the name we have all come to know and love him by.
In 1999, he met his wife Karen and they were married on December 28, 2001. They welcomed a son, Nikolas Gunner on April 6, 2004.
The family moved to East Jordan in the spring of 2010, and instantly fell in love with the peacefulness, beauty and wildlife surrounding their home on the banks of the Jordan River. Doug would drive to a bakery in Gaylord twice a week to buy dozens of day-old loaves of bread to feed the ducks and swans. The harmony he felt with nature and wildlife convinced him that there must be a creator orchestrating it all.
In the fall of 2014, he was visited at his home by Jehovah’s Witnesses and was overjoyed to receive answers about the creator he longed to know. He also found great comfort in the Bible’s promise of the coming earthly paradise and resurrection, since he lost his beloved son Travis Colin in death as a child. He loved studying the Bible and serving Jehovah along with his family and was baptized September 27, 2015. His greatest joy was watching Nik grow and thrive in his service to Jehovah. Nik’s love for his friends, Christian meetings, and the ministry motivated and comforted Doug when he could no longer do all he once did. They were the best of friends, from their time spent studying and reading to weekend trips to Gaylord for shopping, fun, and of course donuts. There wasn’t a friend he didn’t speak highly of and loved meeting and getting to know all he met. He loved hearing of their experiences in the ministry and how they came to know and love Jehovah. Doug never let an opportunity pass without cracking a joke and making others smile and laugh. Most who knew him probably have a story – Nik and Karen would delight to hear each one! We long for Jehovah’s promised resurrection when Doug will be reunited with Karen, his children, and all who loved him!
Doug is survived by his wife Karen and his children Nik, Noah and Olivia.
A Memorial service will be held for Doug at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 04925 Boyne City-East Jordan Road, East Jordan, MI.
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