OBITUARY

Douglas C. Jordan

May 16, 1929July 28, 2018
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Doug Jordan of Dyer, Indiana passed away on Saturday, July 28th at the age of 89. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his daughters, Laura (Dave) Wangrow and Cheryl (Anders) Kilmark as well as two granddaughters, Allison and Michelle. Doug was widely known and respected as the band director at Lake Central High School for 30 years, bringing numerous awards and commendations to the school and earning the support and love of the community as the marching band thrived under his leadership. He also played in a number of orchestras for the Lake Central Theatre Guild and local community theater groups. He is remembered fondly by many students as a teacher, mentor, and friend. Doug also owned and operated Outdoor Adventures Canoe Outfitting and Jordan’s Outfitters in Ely, Minnesota for over 20 years, sharing his love for the wilderness with his family, students, and customers. In retirement, Doug was an avid and talented bridge player and along with his partner Sharon, played bridge at the Elks Club in Highland and the Civic Center in Crown Point and competed in a number of major tournaments across the state. He also played in the Hobart Community Band, continuing to share his passion for music with many other people. Doug will be remembered for his lifelong dedication to music and the Green Bay Packers and his kindness and generosity to all. A visitation and memorial service will be held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home in Crown Point, Indiana on Sunday, August 12th. Visitation will be from 12:00-4:00pm with a service following at 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Doug Jordan Memorial Scholarship Fund (www.gofundme.com/doug-jordan-memorial-scholarship), St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, or the Humane Society of Indiana.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Sunday, August 12, 2018
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Dorothy Konrady

August 6, 2018

I know Doug Jordan having been opponents at a bridge table. He was an outstanding bridge player and he loved the card game. He would often talk about a hand he had played many days ago, unlike me and others I can't remember a hand once the last card has been played. He will be missed especially at the Crown Point Civic Center where he played the great game of Bridge every Friday from 12:30 til 4:00 PM.

Jeanie Gorley Taylor

August 5, 2018

I wasn't in band but I always loved and respected the band. I was a choir kid, Lake Central High School class of 1977. Mr. Jordan as always have my utmost respect. He was my Confidant politically then we often discussed political views on Facebook. I already miss his posts. He was a great man that will be missed by many people.

Ed Bialon

August 5, 2018

Back in the fall of 1971 I was assigned to do my student teaching at Lake Central High School. I was nervous meeting Doug for the first time but it didn’t take long for the two of us to become friends even though he was my supervising teacher. I immersed myself immediately and became a Lake Central Band Junkie. Like his students I became totally committed to Doug, to his students and the band. Doug inspired everyone, including myself, to do their best, and through that effort develop pride in what you did as an individual and as a team. Doug shared with his students not only his love of music but instilled character, dedication, commitment, and pride.

Unfortunately we lost contact in the early 80’s, then I moved to California in 1985 to pursue another career. Last year, after 30 plus years of silence, I sent him a message on Facebook and we resumed our lost but not forgotten friendship. Just days before Doug’s passing I sent him another email. I wasn’t aware that he had fallen ill until I received the news of his passing.

As you go through life you become aware that a good friend is always a good friend, even though time passes between visits. It is the friendship that is most valuable, it is the friendship that lasts! When Doug left Lake Central Band it was the end of an era. With his passing his life’s story comes to an end. We will all take memories of our time with Doug Jordan and cherish them. Those memories will make us laugh, they will make us cry, they might even make us yell. But I think that most of all those memories will give us an inner feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment because of what we learned and experienced being with Doug. For me I will always appreciate the friendship and the help I received from him. I will remember the football half-time shows, rehearsals, and contest performances. I will always be grateful to Doug for recommending me for my first teaching job in Hammond, Indiana. Good-bye my friend and mentor.

Cheryl Graham

August 2, 2018

Mr. Jordan was such a positive influence on my life. He taught me perseverance, determination, a strong work ethic, and so much more. He demanded excellence, but the rewards were life-changing! He gave so much to so many!

David Casson

July 31, 2018

Douglas Jordan touched thousands of lives in a positive way through his teaching, mentoring and music. He was multi-talented and the guru of the counter melody. He taught students to think and to put what was best for the good of the group before ourselves....in other words how to be a team player. Frances Hodgeson Burnett said, "The world should be a better place because a man has lived." I know MY world is a better place because Douglas Jordan was a part of it. Douglas Jordan, child of God, you will be missed.

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Biography

Doug Jordan of Dyer, Indiana was widely known and respected as the band director at Lake Central High School for 30 years, bringing numerous awards and commendations to the school and earning the support and love of the community as the marching band thrived under his leadership. He also played in a number of orchestras for the Lake Central Theatre Guild and local community theater groups. He is remembered fondly by many students as a teacher, mentor, and friend. Doug also owned and operated Outdoor Adventures Canoe Outfitting and Jordan’s Outfitters in Ely, Minnesota for over 20 years, sharing his love for the wilderness with his family, students, and customers. In retirement, Doug was an avid and talented bridge player and along with his partner Sharon, played bridge at the Elks Club in Highland and the Civic Center in Crown Point and competed in a number of major tournaments across the state. He also played in the Hobart Community Band, continuing to share his passion for music with many other people. Doug will be remembered for his lifelong dedication to music and the Green Bay Packers and his kindness and generosity to all.