OBITUARY

D. Dick Richard Douglas

September 12, 1927August 24, 2015
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Donald Richard (Dick) Douglas, born at home on September 12,1927 in Crete, Nebraska to Donald Quincy and Dorothy Marcella (Dawson) Douglas. Dick married Ruth V. Dunlap on November 7, 1953 at the Open Bible Church in Pasadena, California. To this union of 61 years, was born Larry (Kathy) Douglas of Colorado Springs, Marlene (David) Naftz of Helena, Montana. Survivors include five Grandchildren: Christopher (Molly) Douglas, Douglas (Caitlin) Naftz, Ashley (Jared) Drake, Jonathan (Kristen) Douglas, and Kara Naftz, three Great Grandchildren; Elijah, Eden, Adalee, Sisters: Barbara Thompson of Oceanside, CA, Mary Ann Swinehart of Nashville, TN a brother, James Douglas preceded him in death. Dick graduated from Monrovia, California High School and immediately enlisted in the Army serving from October 1946 to March 1948 which included a tour in Occupational Germany. He graduated from Woodberry College in Las Angeles, CA and California Open Bible Institute in Pasadena, CA. Dick entered the ministry in 1954 and served as Senior Pastor in Open Bible Churches in Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Colorado and Idaho. They moved to Colorado Springs in 1971 and founded Christian Center Church of the Open Bible (now named Gateway Church). A viewing will be held at Mountain View Mortuary on Friday August 28, 2015 from 2-3 P.M. with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 P.M. Burial will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado on Monday August 31, 2015. Arrangements are under the direction of Mountain View Mortuary. 2350 Montebello Square Dr. Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 28, 2015
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 28, 2015
REMEMBERING

D. Dick Richard Douglas

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Jack and Lorna Sherwood

August 27, 2015

Dear Ruth and family, we will never forget the love, encouragement and mentoring you and Dick gave Jack and I in very difficult ministry times. Heaven is singing its welcome home. Yours and Dick's life was truly an example of grace and compassion to us. We will miss him, but for a little while. --Our love, Jack and Lorna Sherwood

Peggy Johnson

August 26, 2015

It has been an honor to know Mr. and Mrs. Douglas. Mr. Douglas has left a legacy of worship we all only hope to achieve. Everlasting peace is now his to enjoy. God bless the rest of the family. Love you Marlene.

August 26, 2015

Ruth and family our hearts go out to all of you. Pastor Douglas was an amazing man sent by God. He holds a special spot in all our hearts. John and Gwen Kerpan

Mary Turner

August 26, 2015

Ruth, prayers and hugs at this time of parting. Love from Mary Griffin Turner

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Biography

Donald Richard Douglas was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, "take charge" attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Dick was an individual who enjoyed life's challenges.

Dick was born on September 12, 1927 at home in Crete, Nebraska. Always known as an on time individual, he arrived before the doctor. His parents were Don and Marcella Douglas. His growing up years were spent in Canby, Oregon and Monrovia, California. Always able to express himself well, Dick possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. He was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

Blessed with a balanced attitude, he was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Dick was raised with three siblings, an older sister, Barbara, a younger brother James, and a younger sister, Mary Ann. Possessing a strong desire to be treated fairly, he would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

In his childhood years, he developed a friendship with seven boys that lasted into their adult years. Together, they enjoyed riding bikes and pursued various interests. One was being a cub scout. To make money, Dick would pick avocados from trees in the backyard and would sell them at the neighborhood Safeway. Dick's memorable achievement in grade school was very high academic grades.

He graduated from Arcadia, Duarte, Monrovia High in 1946 where he was a star on the track team running the 50 yard dash and was a member on the relay team.

Soon after graduation, Dick enlisted in the army, serving our country in the infantry Special Services from 1946 through 1948. He received the rank of Corporal. His time in the service included a tour in Occupational Germany. While there, he took a course in photography at the University of Berlin, after which photography became a life long hobby.

When he returned home, his goal was to receive a higher education. He immediately enrolled in Woodbury College in Los Angeles where he earned a degree in Foreign Trade with a minor in Accounting graduating with honors. Later, he entered California Open Bible Institute in Pasadena majoring Biblical Studies which prepared him for a future career as a pastor. Dick graduated in 1954 as valedictorian of his class.

Friends and acquaintances found Dick an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life. He was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for who they were. While growing up, his best friend was Wilson Patterson, also known as Pat. Later in life, he became friends with Dick Zornes, Tom Bush, James Cowie, Jim Beaird, and Dave Clark.

On November 7, 1953, Dick was united in marriage to Ruth Dunlap at the Open Bible Church in Pasadena. Together, they dedicated their lives to serve God in ministry wherever He would lead them. To this union was born two children, a son, Larry Wayne and a daughter, Susan Marlene. Also, they were blessed with five grandchildren, Christopher, Douglas, Ashley, Kara, and Jonathan and three great grandchildren, Elijah, Eden, and Adalee. Everyone in the family cherished many happy memories of time spent together as a family. The children and grandchildren grew up knowing that their parents/grandparents had an extremely solid and happy marriage which gave them confidence of a good future.

Dick was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, his strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to positively motivate others in order to get a task completed, he was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges and was not afraid to take a risk. Being able to multi-task and possessing an entrepreneurial spirit, he was able to be a successful church planter, starting churches in Seattle, WA, Orangevale, CA, Colorado Springs, CO and Boise, ID. Also, he was senior pastor of the Open Bible Church in Empire, OR and Hardin, MT. Both Dick and Ruth enjoyed their years of pastoring and loved the people in each congregation.

Although a quiet person, his sermons were powerful teachings of God's Word. He moved freely in the Gifts and anointing of the Spirit. Not only his preaching, but also the life he lived was an example of God's love that touched many lives. Countless young men looked to him as a mentor and were influenced to enter the ministry themselves. While a Bible College student, Dick started his preaching ministry at Missions in the skid-row part of Los Angeles. The homeless men were often intoxicated and there for a free meal, but some would respond to the gospel and seek a better life.

Dick's leisure time was spent with various hobbies. Known as having a "green thumb" his gardens produced an abundance of vegetables and his flower beds were beautiful. He also enjoyed a coin and stamp collection. His all time favorite was photography. As a member of a photography club, he won prizes in the colored slide division. His love for photography is shared with his children and grandchildren.

Fishing topped his favorite recreational sports, enjoying deep sea, stream, and fly fishing. In high school, he took up weight lifting becoming very strong. Backpacking and hiking in the High Sierra Mountains of California were also part of his young life activities. Becoming a Bronco fan, he watched all their games on TV.

As a gifted problem solver, he worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and churches to which he belonged. He was a catalyst in starting Bible studies in several companies.

Dick was a generous man who prized that same quality in others. Not only did he give financially to help others, but also gave whole heartily of his time and self in support of various projects. One was acquiring sponsors of orphans in Uganda, Africa.

Holding traditional values, faith was very important to him. As a member of Open Bible Churches for over 60 years, he served several pastorates, as well as, elected offices of District Superintendent, Regional Secretary Treasurer, and was the first full time Director of Mountain Plains Region.

Travel and vacations were experiences Dick truly enjoyed. He especially liked going on Mission trips to various foreign countries including Kenya and Uganda, Africa. Another favorite vacation was the annual family fishing to Blue Mesa Colorado.

Dick first retired in 1995. He and Ruth traveled for a year in their RV visiting most of the Western states. The next year, they responded to the challenge of going to Boise, Idaho and planting a new church. The next five years were spent founding the church and building life lasting relationships. It was a time filled with happy memories. When Destiny Church invited them to be part of their staff, they felt led to relocate back to Colorado Springs in 2001. His official retirement was three years later.


On August 24, 2015, surrounded by his loving family, Dick slipped away to his heavenly home. Cause of death was Parkinson's complicated by infection. His passing was at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth, son Larry and daughter Marlene, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren, and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his younger brother. Services were held at Mountain View Mortuary in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A military burial took place at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado on August 28, 2015.

Dick was the kind of person who could win others over easily. He saw himself as an encourager and was always willing to encourage and help others. He will be remembered as a man with high integrity who sought God, loved his family, and put the welfare of others above his own.