Douglas Duane Petty

June 22, 1961February 9, 2021

Union County Native, Douglas D. Petty, 59, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at IU Health in Indianapolis.

Doug was born to Ronald Petty and Joan J. Smith Chandler on June 22, 1961, in Richmond, Indiana. Doug attended Liberty Schools and graduated from Union County High School in 1980. He continued his education at Ball State University, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Education in 1985. Doug was married to Beth Ann Dooley on August 3, 1985 in Liberty. Doug spent six years as a high school teacher. He taught business at Lacrosse High School and at Orgen Davis High School. He spent many years in sales, as a sales representative for Steve Kauffman and Associates and most recently as the Regional Sales Manager for Hawke Optics.

One of Doug’s greatest passions was hunting; he loved to hunt deer, turkey, squirrels, and participated in annual dove hunts. He was an avid basketball fan. Doug especially enjoyed coaching his children, and other children. Doug enjoyed watching his own children compete in their local sporting events. He loved listening to music; his favorite band was Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks. Doug also enjoyed the art of photography. He loved spending time with his family. Doug was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Doug is survived by his parents: Ronald Petty and Joan Smith Chandler; his wife of thirty-five years: Beth Ann Petty; his sons: Sean Petty and his significant other Kristen Dwyer of New York City, Christopher Petty of Anderson, Indiana, Alexander “A.J.” of Liberty; sister: Sherry Davis of Liberty; his princess: Yona; many nieces and nephews as well as many friends.

Doug is preceded in death by his brother: Garry Petty and his brother in-law: Rick Davis.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Douglas Duane Petty

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brad crowder

February 28, 2021

what a loss to our community, and a loss to pro gun owners and constitutionalist, he led union county to great victories in basket ball at the spartan bowl, so sad, a cherished great personality he had. Brad Crowder

William Berger

February 21, 2021

Beth all of our condolences go out to you and the boys. We were so shocked to hear of Doug's passing. I have no memory of anyone with more love of life than Doug. I often think of our time together at Lacrosse and how much fun we had coaching our team. Right now I'm thinking of us sitting on the steps in the Lacrosse gym after the first game of the 88-89 season. Looking at each other and wondering what the heck just happened! We knew we had something special and boy was it special. It's a great memory of Doug and I together that I will have for the rest of my life.
Our deepest sympathy
Bill & Jan Berger

Jeffrey Williams

February 14, 2021

At a bowling meet in high school, Chris, Jarod, and I were...overly enthusiastic about not being able to win. Doug didn't appreciate that sort of attitude. Knowing your limits is good, but celebrating your shortcomings is a step too far, and I'm glad Doug taught us that.

Anne Rebeck-Scott

February 13, 2021

This is a photo of Doug and I in Seattle. I have known Doug my whole life. He was like an uncle to me. Growing up we would talk about photography, politics and many other topics. We were often on opposite sides and enjoyed debating with one another. Doug was smart, compassionate, funny and tenacious in his passions and beliefs.
When we took this photo he had flown out to move me home. I had been talking to him for months about my failing marriage and my desire to move back to Indiana. Without hesitation he said all I had to do was say the word and he would be there for me. And that's exactly what he did. I can't tell you how comforting it was to have him there to help me pack up my life and drive across the county. He drove every mile of that trip. Every. Single. Mile. After narrowly out running a snow storm which closed the mountain pass between Washington and Idaho we stopped for the night in Missoula. To assure I slept well that night he used lavender essential oil in his diffuser and put on Native American flute music. I was safe and on my way home.