In Memory of Douglas 'Doug' Bee


4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin, WI, and one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday.


11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Gilman Lutheran Church in Spring Valley, WI

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Douglas Michael Bee, age 58 of Baldwin, passed away at his home on August 16, 2017 after suffering with cancer for many years.

Doug was born on March 10, 1959, in Menomonie to Francis “Fritz” and Norma (Sorensen) Bee. He grew up in Gilman, and graduated from Spring Valley High School, class of 1977. After graduation, Doug served two enlistments in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina as a Mortarman, and later a Marine Security Guard in Paris, France and Tunis, Tunisia. In his return to civilian life, Doug studied to become a plumber but lost interest and then went to work at Donaldson’s in Baldwin. He was united in marriage to Lori Blok on September 23, 1989, and they were blessed with two children, Tanner and Kayla. He left Donaldson’s and started his own carpentry business, Bee’s Roofing and Remodeling.  In between jobs he worked at Murtha Sanitation, and then worked several years at Fabcon and most recently he worked as a welder at Midwest Stainless Steel.

Doug was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who loved spending time with his family. He was fond of family camping trips to Bone Lake, and the many annual hunting and fishing trips with family and friends. Doug truly enjoyed fishing for muskies, but also delighted in crappie fishing on Lake Magnor, or reminiscing about the trophy winning trout he would catch in his younger years. He appreciated classic country music and had a love for dogs. Doug was a skilled woodworker and also participated in trapshooting and downhill skiing.

Doug is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Lori; son, Tanner (girlfriend, Abbey Ober); daughter, Kayla (fiancé, Dillian Friedrich); granddaughters, Jaylen and Riley Friedrich; his mother, Norma; siblings, Allan Bee and Lois (Bruce) Benedict; brother-in-law, Gerald Anderson; brother-in-law, Ray (Cathy) Blok, sisters-in-law Renee (Milo) Whipple, Linda (Kirk) Dresel; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Fritz; and sister, Nancy Anderson.

A memorial service celebrating Doug’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Gilman Lutheran Church, N8107 330th St., Spring Valley. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin, and one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday. Interment at the Gilman Lutheran Cemetery.

Douglas's Tribute Wall

Tributes (11):

  1. ‘As for grief, you’ll find it comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you’re drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the beauty and the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float.
    You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it’s some physical thing. Maybe it’s a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it’s a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive. In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don’t even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on and float.
    After a while, maybe weeks, maybe months, you’ll find the waves are still 100 feet tall, but they come further apart. When they come, they still crash all over you and wipe you out. But in between, you can breathe, you can function. You never know what’s going to trigger the grief. It might be a song, a picture, a street intersection, the smell of a cup of coffee. It can be just about anything…and the wave comes crashing. But in between waves, there is life.
    Somewhere down the line, and it’s different for everybody, you find that the waves are only 80 feet tall. Or 50 feet tall. And while they still come, they come further apart. You can see them coming. An anniversary, a birthday, or Christmas. You can see it coming, for the most part, and you prepare yourself. And when it washes over you, you know that somehow you will, again, come out the other side. Soaking wet, sputtering, still hanging on to some tiny piece of the wreckage, but you’ll come out. The waves never stop coming, and somehow you don’t really want them to. But you learn that you’ll survive them. And other waves will come. And you’ll survive them too. ”

    Doug seemed to have a zest for life, an unforgettable spirit of fun, and he was courageous soul.
    May the peace and love of God be with you all, Lori and family.
    May the waves be gentle.

    ~ Kathy and Randy Nyeggen

  2. I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Doug’s family. For right now, there’s no detour around grief, no shortcut through mourning. However, 2 Cor.4:7 says that God can give us, “… power beyond what is normal “, to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry, or that we forget. It means we recover. We recover because of our hope. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28 which says, “… all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out “. Jesus was referring to the resurrection. That is our amazing hope! The Bible likens our hope to an anchor. Just like an anchor stabilizes a ship, our hope stabilizes us and keeps us from drowning in overwhelming sadness. 2 Cor.1:3 describes our Creator as, “… the God of all comfort “. One way that God comforts us is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. May the God of comfort be your comfort now, during this time of sorrow. For the Bible’s answers to life’s big questions please visit

  3. Lori and family,
    We are saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers through this most difficult time.

    Deepest sympathies,

  4. Lori and family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I don’t know what to say but you’ll be in my prayers. I send my love!

  5. Doug was a trooper. He was filled with guts and glory. I am very sorry for your loss and hope that you are able to find comfort in beloved memories.

  6. So sorry for your family loss. He sounded like a great guy, husband, Father, brother. He will always be with you in your hearts. I went to school with Allen.

  7. Lori, Tanner and Kayla — so sorry to learn of Doug’s passing. He fought a hard fight! Enjoy the many great memories you made and let them make you smile!
    Your old neighbors,
    Sandee & Jim

  8. So sorry for your loss. Remember always visiting with Doug when we were out and about. A good friend from the past. May his many memories live on in your hearts. Our sympathy to you all.
    Scott and Mary Kiefer

  9. Will miss this guy. So nice to see and visit with at the hardware store. He was a great guy. Prayers, hugs, and much love is being sent. Will keep you all in our thoughts. He fought a hard battle and now he is home. Love you Lori and family !

  10. So sad to hear you lost the battle…I was sure you’d beat it again, but God must have wanted you to join your dad and sister. My heart goes out to those you left behind! 😇❤️