Thomas "Tom" E. Douglas Sr.

March 21, 1931January 6, 2021

Thomas (Tom) Eugene Douglas, Sr. made his sacred transition to be with our mother and heavenly father on January 6, 2021. He was born on March 21, 1931 to Charles and Lilly Douglas of Lancaster Ohio and was the last living of their 8 children. Tom started working at the age of 5 on the back of a milk truck and was a bellhop in Lancaster and Columbus both while he attended and graduated from Lancaster High School. After serving his country in the United States Air Force, he met and married Bonnie Ruth Douglas (deceased) to whom he was married to for 57 years. Tom and Bonnie raised five children: Joni Brookover, Tom Douglas Jr. (Peggy), Mark Douglas (Jane Laurel), Laine Douglas, and Rae Ellen Douglas. He was a civil servant through his contributions as a policeman, a city income tax commissioner, and as a leader for the Ohio Department of Transportation. Simultaneous to that Tom built homes, bought and rented commercial as well as residential properties, and managed his own real estate company: Tom Douglas Real Estate. He raised his family at Calvary Lutheran Orthodox Church where he attended and served in many leadership capacities over more than fifty years. Tom also was a member of The Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Also beloved to him was his time spent as a Master Mason, 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner. Tom also enjoyed local, collegiate, and NFL football, music spanning many genres and artists, and comedy. He loved to make people laugh and being made to laugh as much as anything. In his retirement, he and Bonnie travelled extensively throughout the US and Europe, attended concerts galore, and spent as much time as was given them with their many, many grandchildren. His greatest act of love on this earth was his commitment to his daughter, Laine. His 50 years of devotion to her advocacy and life were infallible. He leaves behind his five children, more than 30 grand and great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a legacy of hard work, love, and generosity. We’d like to thank the team at Fairfield Medical Center for their care while he battled COVID-19. Their compassion and their excellence in communication with his family were felt deeply. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 11th, 2021 from 5PM-7PM at the HALTEMAN-FETT & DYER FUNERAL HOME. Private Services are to be held on Tuesday with a burial to be conducted with Military Honors at Maple Grove Cemetery in Lancaster. A Livestream of the services can be seen on the HALTEMAN-FETT & DYER FUNERAL HOME FACEBOOK PAGE at 10AM on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to the Fairfield Medical Center Foundation (401 N. Ewing St. Lancaster, OH 43130 or online at


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Livestream Service

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021



Thomas "Tom" E. Douglas Sr.

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Maria Crabtree

January 14, 2021

My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult period.

David Ode

January 12, 2021

I just remember Great uncle Tom always had a smile on his face every time I saw him.

Autumn Burnside

January 9, 2021

Thomas Douglas is my grant uncle the brother of my grandmother my children grant grant uncle. My children are Isiah Burñside poff Bella may Burñside Rosea may Burñside witch is in heaven an Izzarae Burñside. You will be forever missed and very loved kiss grandma and aunts and uncles tell them we love them all not a day goes by I don't think of them

Jean Ruff

January 9, 2021

Tom and Bonnie were great friends of my parents. Tom was a caring friend to them and our family. So sorry to hear of his passing. Heaven got a good one!

Cindy Harmeyer

January 8, 2021

I am very sorry for your loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Cindy Harmeyer

Abbey Ott-Shaw

January 8, 2021

Tom and Family,

My deepest condolences on the loss of your father. I will continue to pray for comfort and healing.