Douglas Stan DeYoung

Douglas Stan DeYoung, 75, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend, of Charlotte, Michigan, passed away peacefully on October 9, 2023, surrounded by family. He was born on April 26, 1948, in Lansing, Michigan, the son of Stanley and Marvel (Shelp) DeYoung. Douglas was a graduate of Everett High School class of 1966.

Doug is survived by his beloved wife and companion of fifty-two years, Cynthia DeYoung; daughter Angela (Loren) Golden of Avondale, Arizona; sons, Brad (Young) Choi-DeYoung of Okemos and Lorenzo (Lisa) DeYoung of Houston, Texas; numerous foster children, including Nyaring Mabil of Grand Rapids; grandchildren Katie and Lily Golden, Max and Mia Choi-DeYoung, Marissa Trantham, Sydena and Lawrencia Vara-DeYoung, and Paul Mabil; sister Janice King of Lansing; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Doug served his country in the Vietnam War with honor and dedication in the United States Army, while stationed in Korea. Following his military service, Doug was employed at General Motors, where he worked for 37 years before retiring. He then worked for the Grand Ledge School District as a bus driver for 11 years, where he enjoyed greeting his students with a good morning. In addition, he worked for over 40 years at MSU football games, first as a ticket taker and then as an usher.

Doug had many hobbies throughout his life including watching NASCAR with his grandson, fishing, hunting, camping, boating, and tinkering on his farm or cottage at Coldwater Lake, but nothing was as important to him as his family, whom he loved dearly. Family and friends alike will miss his fun loving, prankster side, as he was always ready to share a hug, a joke or humorous story.

In remembering Doug, we celebrate a life well-lived. His memory will forever be cherished by his loving wife, children, grandchildren, sister, and numerous friends and other family members. Doug’s life was a testament to the power of his deep faith in the Lord, and his loving, caring, compassionate personality was felt by everyone he met. His spirit will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who knew him.

A Celebration of Life Service with Military Honors will be held Sunday, October 15, 2023, 1:00 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 517 S. Clinton St, Grand Ledge, MI 48837 with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in loving memory of Douglas DeYoung to the family C/O Cynthia DeYoung. The family is being served by the Mills Funeral Home, Peters & Murray Chapel, Grand Ledge. Online condolences may be placed at