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Douglas Gehring
  • November 17, 1942
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  • September 05, 2021

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Douglas Frederick Gehring, age 78, passed on September 5, 2021.

Douglas, better known as Doug, is survived by his two sons David (Alanna) and Andrew (Michaela), three grandsons, Ethan, Gavin and Nolan, brother Ret. Rear Admiral Howard Gehring and sister Katherine Lorch. He is preceded in death by his sister Marlene, brother Roger, mother Ruby and father Frederick.

Doug was born on November 11, 1942 in Bremerton, Washington, just outside of Seattle, and grew up in the area. He attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and joined the service upon graduation. He served his country in Vietnam and earned multiple awards and honors over the course of his military career, before retiring as a Commander from his post in Washington, D.C. in 1987. His family moved to Central Florida, where he and his best friend, business partner and then-wife Barbara started a small business focused on wholesale goods and restaurant and party supply. Later renamed D&G Occasions, Doug co-owned the business for over 30 years before his retirement. 

Doug loved his sons, adored his grandsons, appreciated his ex-wife, admired his daughters-in-law, cared about his employees and ultimately revered his family. He was passionate about golf, politics and poker, having placed in the money at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas on multiple occasions. His family and friends will always remember him as a generous punster who would both warm your heart and try to make you laugh.

Services will be held at Baldwin Brothers in Apopka, FL at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021.

 


Service

Location:
Baldwin Brothers Apopka

Date & Time:
October 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM


Cemetery:
Monarch Crematory


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  1. MaryAnn McLean says:
    10 May 2022
    Barbara. David and Scott I just learned of Doug's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget the People to People meetings at your home .

  2. Jim Leskinovitch lit a candle:
    22 Feb 2022
    Lit since February 22, 2022 at 2:15:59 PM

  3. Tim Cenna says:
    18 Feb 2022
    I taught in the Coast Guard Academy math department with Doug.
    He was a true gentleman and a classy officer.

    Tim Cenna '69

  4. Ned Lofton says:
    16 Feb 2022
    R.I.P. Doug, classmate and friend. You were a good man and a fine U.S. Coast Guard Officer. We will all miss you. And, may the Lord grant your family peace.

    Ned Lofton
    USCGA '66

  5. Dennis Shaw says:
    16 Feb 2022
    Doug was a warm, caring and very well respected classmate of mine at the US Coast Guard Academy so long ago. He went on to have an honorable, successful career in the Coast Guard. Although after retirement, we went on to have separate lives and careers, I missed being around Doug and enjoying his friendship, wit and wisdom. Rest peacefully, classmate.

    Dennis Shaw, class of 1966

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    21 Oct 2021
    Lit since October 21, 2021 at 10:28:26 PM

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