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
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.