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P.O. Box 406, 165 W. Oak St.
HARRISON, MI 48625
Phone: (989) 539-7810
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Dennis Douglass

Dennis Bruce "Denny" Douglass

Sunday, November 7th, 1943 - Sunday, January 6th, 2019
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Dennis Bruce Douglass, 75, of Harrison, a man who lived by the motto, “Do as I Say, Not as I Do,” died Sunday, January 6, 2019 in Detroit. Denny was born November 7, 1943 in Detroit, the son of Robert and Naomi (Robinson) Douglass. Growing up in Royal Oak, he loved fast cars and motorcycles, especially his first, the 1960 Corvette. As a teenager, he was a member of the Cavalier’s Car Club. He graduated from Royal Oak Dondero High School and opened two gas stations in the area while working tool and die in Clawson. Dennis married Karen Scrimger on February 1, 1964 in Berkley, MI. In 1968, the two moved north to Harrison to start their family. Denny worked as a mechanic at McGuire Chevrolet of Clare, Weldon’s Transit Mix of Harrison, and then construction, eventually starting D&M Construction.
In 1981, on their wedding anniversary, Denny came home and announced, to Karen’s dismay, that he had purchased a restaurant that day. He rebuilt the place into the Remedy Restaurant in 1984, and operated it alongside Karen until its closure in 2013. For years, Remedy fans enjoyed Denny’s famous wet burritos and Karen’s secret sauce on the Remedy Burger, which was voted best burger in Clare County. He was often known to dole out chocolate pudding from the Remedy salad bar to unsuspecting children, much to their delight. Denny and Karen worked hard together to do what they loved best, bringing people together with good food. At home, Denny loved creating new recipes, many of which he shared on social media.
Denny volunteered many hours and talents to the Harrison community. He served on City Council from 1990-1994 and the Clare County Transit Board from 1987 until 2000. He was instrumental in the construction of the fairgrounds family restrooms and supported 4H and school activities to a high level. He had a soft spot for kids, even if it meant casting the winning bid only to return the animal to the seller. He supported Ducks Unlimited, and loved Harley Davidson motorcycles. Denny was a die-hard member of the Liberty Riders M/C and enjoyed cooking for his club brothers on weekends.
Denny was a collector of treasures. He loved finding and restoring everything from fixer-up cars to commercial kitchen equipment. He loved bargain hunting on Repo-Cast and had a penchant for shopping. His thoughtful nature meant he always took care of his family and friends with meaningful gifts, a helping hand (especially with a power washer), and a devious laugh.
He will be missed and remembered by many, especially his wife of nearly 55 years, Karen Douglass; daughters, Dana (Tyler) Pray of Charlotte, MI, and Kami Krchmar of Harrison; grandchildren, Dustin (Elise Kindermann) Douglass of Houghton, MI, Kourtney Krchmar of Harrison, J. Anders Pray of Charlotte, and a Pray grandson expected in February; sister, Denise Douglass of Onalaska, WI; and many cousins, brothers-and-sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews; and his canine companion, Daisy. He is predeceased by his parents and his beloved dogs, Rigger and Romo.
A Celebration Gathering will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Stocking Funeral Home in Harrison. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Patriot Guard Riders. The family wishes to thank those who helped the family visit Denny during his illness, especially Rob, Lisa, Karen, and Linda. To share an online memory or condolence with the Douglass family, please visit: www.stockingfuneralhome.com. Arrangements for Mr. Dennis Douglass are entrusted with Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison (989)539-7810.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 11th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 11th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Stocking Funeral Home
    Address
    165 W. Oak St.
    HARRISON, MI 48625
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    Friday, January 11th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 11th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Stocking Funeral Home
    Address
    165 W. Oak St.
    HARRISON, MI 48625
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Gary Mincek

Posted at 07:19pm
Karen
I just heard about Denny’s passing. You have my deepest condolences. I’m really going to miss the backyard chats listening to all the never ending stories he had to tell. He was always there to help me out and I really appreciated his vast knowledge of how to fix anything. He was a great friend. Me and Norman are sure going to miss him.
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Douglas Resseguie

Posted at 10:52pm

Karen, Dana, Kami and Douglass Family - Praying for you all during this difficult time. I have many great memories from "The Remedy" and all the adventures Denny seemed to get everyone into. You just never new what he would bring back from the next auction or sale.
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Charles and Lacy Rader

Posted at 11:35am
Dana and Tyler, Lacy and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know you and all your family are in our prayers and thoughts. May our Lord Jesus Christ..and God our Father..comfort your hearts. 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17
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John Wenig

Posted at 02:59pm
Hello Dana and Tyler;
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your other family during this time of loss. May treasured memories of your Dad and the love and peace of God comfort you at this time.
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