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Douglas B. Gavin

Douglas B. Gavin

Douglas B. Gavin age 83 of Elmwood, passed away Wednesday April 28, 2021 at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home in Elmwood.

Doug was born May 12, 1937 in rural Dunn County.  He was the son of Benjamin and Bertha (Olson) Gavin.  Doug attended Blairmoore grade school.  Doug married Marie Rageth April 29, 1961 in Plum City, WI.  To this union four daughters were born, Arlene, Audrey, Arla and Anita.  Doug started working for area farmers, he drove log truck hauling logs the sawmills.  Doug worked for Sweeney Brothers Construction for eight years in the Milwaukee area.  Doug finished his career working for Pierce County Highway Dept.  He started his career operating heavy equipment, then went to be a Patrolman on a route, which he was immensely proud of. Doug drove caterpillar for a short time helping friends.

Doug is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marie, his four daughters and three great and wonderful son-in-law’s; five grandsons, three granddaughters, seven great grandchildren; a brother, Marvin Gavin of Su Sun City, CA; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.  Doug was very loved and blessed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, James and Richard: two sisters, Leora Shaffer and Korene Helgeson.

Due to Coved-19, Private family services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday May 5, 2021 at the United Methodist Church in Elmwood with Rev. Michael Weaver officiating.  The funeral services will be Livestreamed at, https://youtu.be/1LuieA35JIo  Burial will take place in the Poplar Hill Cemetery, Township of Rock Elm, rural Elmwood.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday at Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie.


  1. Marilyn Fedderly

    Marie and girls my heartfelt sympathy to you all. Doug was one of a kind. Enjoyed your visits with Mom (Mabel & Alvin)!

  2. Kevin Helgeson

    Words cannot fully express...........:-(

  3. Maureen Mehmen

    Dearest Aunt Marie, please accept my deepest condolences. I miss Uncle Doug greatly. I know he and ma are having a wonderful time in heaven. I miss the stories ma would tell about them when they were kids, and I miss him all the time calling me "squirt". All my love to you all.

  4. Marlene (Baier) Sabelko

    Marie & Gavin Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time of loss of Doug. Doug was a great help on the Baier Farm. May the many good memories help to heal your saddened hearts in time. May God Bless. With Sincerest Sympathy,
    Jill (Baier) Bennwitz & Marlene (Baier) Sabelko

  5. Maribeth Brunner

    My deepest sympathy to you all. He was a truly great man.

  6. Jan Drier

    Sending my Condolences to the Family!

  7. Barry

    Doug was a great friend to my dad, Bob. He was a really nice man.

  8. marge binkowski

    Sincere sympathy to Marie , girls and all those grandchildren.

  9. Jeff baier

    Prayers 4 Marie and girl.doug was good worker he.drove.tractor on the baier farm Doug and.my dad r.eating date.cookies in heaven.thanks Marie rip doug!!!


    my condolences to dougs family. he was a long time friend to my dad.

  11. Jan Sigl

    I will miss you, Uncle Doug! I will miss your laughter!

  12. Molly Lande

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all, bless you and keep you through this sad time
    Molly and Gordy Lande

  13. Marsha Rageth

    I am so sorry. I love you Marie and Doug. I so appreciate keeping me in the family. Doug will be so missed. Hugs and Prayers.
    God will help you all get through this.fujo

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