Doug Cygan

May 23, 1963July 5, 2018

It is with great sadness the family of Douglas Martin Cygan announce his passing on July 5, 2018, at the age of 55. He was born May 23, 1963 to Richard and Mary Cygan and grew up in Mundelein, IL. Doug will forever be remembered by his beloved wife and best friend, Shonna, his treasured children Mitchell, Taylor, Alexa, Timothy, Mikyla, and Ryan, his dear brothers Rich and Scott and mother, Mary. Doug was President at Jewel Osco. He worked hard and was proud of the people and company he led. Doug served on the boards of The Northern Illinois Food Bank, Greater Chicago Food Depository and Western Michigan University, his alma mater. Doug had a gift for inspiring others with his positive attitude. He always left people feeling like they were heard and important to him. He was loyal, generous, funny and full of life. In his personal life, Doug had an extremely close bond with his wife and children. Being together with family and close friends created many of Doug's greatest memories and life highlights.

Doug’s Celebration of Life will be held Thursday July 12, 2018 The Chapel-Grayslake Campus 25270 IL-60 Grayslake, IL 60030 The hour and a half service will begin promptly at 7:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Doug to one of the following charities: Northern Illinois Food Bank at Greater Chicago Food Depository at

For funeral info: or 847-336-0127.


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, July 12, 2018

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John Carpenter

July 20, 2018

I still wait for my 6 am phone call on his way to work, I still wait for his 7 pm phone call on his way home. After 20 years of this I am still not sure if he was checking on me to see if I was working or to let me know he was, I guess I will have to wait to ask him in person. There are countless times throughout the day when I catch myself drifting off and smiling about the time I was fortunate enough to have been around him. He had a unique way of making your day a little bit better even if it was just a quick call.

There are not many people in your life that you come across who touched so many. Doug was a friend to all but still made each of us feel like we were more special to him than him to us. I hope I will always wake up looking for his call and close the day the same way, I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with him and I am sure we all feel the same way.

Love you Scooter.

Jeff Fair

July 18, 2018

Doug was many things to many people as evident by these wonderful posts. I'd like to take a few minutes to say what he meant to me and my family. I met Doug 40 years ago at the age of 15 at our first H.S. golf practice. He was a-little cocky and confident and I liked him immediately! Doug became like a brother, and along with Jon Behm, the three of us became lifelong friends.

To us, Doug wasn't the President of Jewel but rather just "Douglas". He was funny, competitive, respectful, and yes even as a teenager and young adult, a workaholic. We had legendary LawnJart tournaments and i can attest to something Scott said about Doug at the celebration of his life...that if Doug beat you at something, he was also good at reminding you about it. I'll miss that.

To Mrs C., I say thank you for sharing your son with us. To Rich and Scott, I say thank you for letting Douglas be our brother too. To Shonna, Mitchell, Taylor, and the entire family, I offer my deepest condolences.

Jon and I will now be playing the rest of our lives "a man down". I feel blessed to have known Douglas and to have been able to call him friend. Rest in Peace big man...we will see you on the other side...................Jeffrey

Kevin Durkin

July 18, 2018

I remember playing basketball with Doug twice a week at 6 am prior to work in Melrose Park for many years. Neither of us were super quick nor did we run the full court on every play however Doug routinely pulled on my jersey to slow me down! I miss his competitive nature and I will definitely miss him at my retirement party. He would have been the only Itasca invitee and I’m positive he would have attended. Thank you to the Cygan family for sharing him with me.

Bill & Jeanette Reckert

July 17, 2018

Please accept our condolences on the passing of Doug. Though we both had a working relationship with him, we also considered him a dear friend. Words cannot express how wonderful of a man he was and how many lives he touched. Doug will truly be missed. Once again our most sincere condolences.
Bill & Jeanette Reckert

Marianne Nebel

July 17, 2018

To the world he was Doug Cygan, business man extraordinaire. To me, he will always and forever be Unkie Doug. I was added to the family at age 5 as Rich’s adopted daughter. For an all too brief time I had the pleasure of being the only niece under his umbrella. Spending holidays and vacations together, trips to Disney and Michigan and random Sundays playing Uno as a family and watching movies... you start to drift away as you get older and start to live your life... but there is never a time I couldn’t call him for help, count on him for guidance, hear his laughter at the twists and turns growing up took me on. I’ll miss his laughter the most. Knowing that he’s been there to motivate, inspire, and catch anyone who falls has never been a question. Now it’s up to all of us to make him proud and walk on our own. As a family, we will always be here for each other and live on knowing that he helped shape each and every one of us into what we are today. I love you Unkie.

Tonya Blomberg

July 15, 2018

To the Cygan family,
This is the God Wink picture #2 that I want you to have of this beautiful aspen tree with initials DC that I came across in Crested Butte CO. Postings only allow 1 picture.
Also , The Memorial was truly amazing , worship songs, verses spoken, his brothers tributes, all the words from beautiful children and words so eloquently spoken by shonna brought me tears during the whole service but yet thanking God I was given the amazing blessing to call Doug my friend and how he enriched my life.
He will be deeply missed -prayers each day for all of you.
God bless you,

Tonya Blomberg

July 15, 2018

To the Cygan Family,
I met Doug 22 years ago , he was a great friend and mentor to me in the Bakery supermarket business. Always concerned and asked about my family always such a giver and great coach. I’m still in shock and so deeply saddened.
I had some God Winks that I have to share : since the beautiful Celebration of Life for Doug, I know to call them God Winks.
I was hiking in Crested Butte Colorado morning of July 5th I walked by this beautiful wooden cross no more than 5 minutes later I received the call of Doug’s passing. I had to walk by that cross again to get back I prayed for all of you and prayed Doug was with Jesus and suffering no more and told God how sad I was and so many others. This cross is the one I walked by and wanted you to see it.
The next day I hiked a new area and was praying and talking to God lifting you all in prayer and prayed to God Doug didn’t suffer I looked up and on this beautiful aspen tree were these initials DC.
Now I know another God Wink. Wanted you to have this picture as well.
3rd God Wink: I’ve been reading Chuck Swindoll Book called Laugh again all based upon book of Philippians- at that the memorial I saw the Philippians verse 4 reference. I smiled and prayed to God for all these blessings given in the midst of such sadness .
The service was absolutely beautiful I will continue to lift you all in prayer for Gods Comfort, His Love and His Loving care to be with you each day .
God bless you all,

Tim Dozier

July 14, 2018

I grew up on Emerald Street next to Memorial Park and spent many summer days playing baseball in the park and a game we called "Ditch It" at night with Doug and all the other neighborhood kids. It was a great place to grow up. Lots of good memories. Was very sorry to hear of his passing. Deepest condolences to all of Doug's family from The Dozier Family😔

Steve Colello

July 14, 2018

Colello/Doug memory:
I had the opportunity to work with Doug at the Itasca office for a short time. Doug was super engaged with those around him. He taught us all life lessons through his Doug quotes. " Don't be a victim, let's get moving, you're the author of your own story, sleep is over rated and many more!
When I returned to the stores after we were sold to Albertsons and my position was eliminated, I saw Doug at Company meetings and store visits. He always asked how my family was. He asked what my son was up to and how my wife was doing. It wasn't aways business!
He always listened to what you had to say.
I know Rich and Scott as well. They, like their brother are always engaged with those around them. They have love for family and a passion for what they do. We all grew up at Jewel together! There are many great memories of our journey over the years!
The memorial celebrating Doug's life was amazing. Thank you for sharing your memories of Doug with us.

My condolences to the family during this most difficult time.
RIP Doug.

Lynn Carter

July 14, 2018

One of my fondest memories of Doug was discussing where to look for a house up north and where not to look. He took the time to talk to me during a walk through. He joined his group and the man who came in from out of state wanted to talk to me but I was in my own world and trying to be invisible. My name was called and I said "I am sorry, I did not realize you were talking to me. No one ever wants to talk to me." With that, Doug said " I always talk to you." I said "you don't count, your one of us." And we all laughed. #Cyganstrong