Leonard A. Douglas, 79, of North Aurora, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home. He was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Aurora, the son of the late C.A and Irene (Zaricor) Douglas.
Len was the beloved husband of Marilyn (Barger) Douglas. Marilyn was at his side as she was for their 56 years of marriage.
Len was a 1952 graduate of East Aurora High School. Upon graduation, Len served our country in the U.S. Navy for four years. He and Marilyn then started their life together in their North Aurora home, and Len continued working for the government, delivering mail. In 1964, the couple started L.A. Douglas Carpet Service, which their sons grew into the respected Fox Valley companies, Douglas Carpet One and Big Bob’s.
Len found the greatest joy in life through his family. He adored his wife, children, grandchildren, as well as the many family dogs. In addition to his family legacy, Len left behind many beautiful pieces of handcrafted furniture that family and friends will cherish always. Woodworking was his passion. Len loved to laugh and enjoyed many great memories with friends and family.
Len had a servant’s heart and had a long history of donating time and resources through the North Aurora Lion’s Club, where he served as the president and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He was a volunteer fireman for North Aurora for many years and served on the Kane County Board. He would sit with disabled neighbors for coffee each morning or drive anyone wherever they needed to go for chemotherapy appointments or doctor’s visits. Len was also a Golden Heart Award recipient, having donated more than eleven gallons of blood.
Len is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his loving children, Michael and Kari (Adams) Douglas, James and Barbara (Humann) Douglas, and Christine (Douglas) and Christopher Theisen; his grandchildren and greatest source of pride, Matt (fiancee Casie), Kelley, Jay, Lindsay, John and Zachary Douglas, and Alex, Ellie and Jake Theisen; his sister, Carolyn (Orv) Jones; a sister in law, Dorothy (Bill) Hotle; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved dog, Topper.
Besides his parents, Len was preceded in death by his father- and mother-in-law, George and Leona (Kerr) Barger; and a brother-in-law, James Barger.
Visitation will take place from 2 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive in Sugar Grove, where a funeral service will follow at 6:30 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at River Hills Memorial Park, Batavia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Honor Flight Chicago, 938 West Montana St., Chicago, Illinois 60614 (honorflightchicago.org), or to the North Aurora Lion’s club.
For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.