On September 7, 2023, at nearly 97 years of age, Doug Nemecek went to join his wife of 73 years. After her passing a month ago, his job here was complete. He was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Doug is a man who lived large and he will be missed and remembered by not only his family, but also the many other lives that he touched.

He is survived by his three children Carman Nemecek (Whitney Stewart), Lois (Mark) Remer, and Joe (Carol) Nemecek; his three grandchildren, Jacob (Jennifer) Nemecek, Joshua Nemecek, and Joseph Nemecek; and one great-granddaughter, Bexley Nemecek. He also is survived by his sister, Nancy (Nemecek) Elliott and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Isabelle (Issy) Nemecek and several brothers and sisters.

No matter what else he did or accomplished, he was always a farmer at heart, taking pride in the family farm that has been in the family for over 100 years. He loved the farm and has been a steward of the land for his entire life. It’s been said that you get out of the land what you put into it, and Doug did just that. He planted by the cycles of the moon, could make predictions from mud puddles in the yard, and was an encyclopedia of knowledge about all things farming. Some of what he did probably shouldn’t have worked, but he had a knack (and a belief) that he could fix anything and make anything work-and most of the time, he did. Doug was intelligent, inventive, and one of the most hard-working people around.

Today, Doug would be called a life-long learner. His curiosity never waned. He got a cell phone when he was in his 90’s, was amazed that the Google Map woman could get him exactly where he needed to go, and loved that he could tell his truck to play Willie’s Roadhouse and his wish was the truck’s command.

Doug was a storyteller extraordinaire and lived a full and fascinating life. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and was someone who never met a stranger. He was active in the community, serving on the Capac Village Council and also on the Capac Fire Department. He was one of a kind and lived an extraordinary life. There aren’t many like him and his legacy lives on. Doug taught his family and friends a whole lot about the history of how things used to be and was never shy about sharing how he thought they should be now. Because of that, the world of knowledge that he had has been preserved for future generations. He knows that the farm is in good hands.

The family honored the memory of Doug on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at Kaatz Funeral Directors, Capac. Burial was in Lynn Township Cemetery, Lynn Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mussey Township Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary. For more information and tribute wall visit: kaatzfunerals.com