Funeral services for Douglas Ray Edelman, 65, were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Fort Reno Building at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas with the Rev. Rich Cullen of the Northside Church of Douglas Assembly of God. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery.
Douglas Ray Edelman joined his Lord and savior, Friday, March 15, in the presence of his family.
Doug was born on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1953, to Wayne Arnold Edelman and Barbara Ann (Finney) Edelman in Valentine, Nebraska. He was raised in the Sand Hills of Nebraska and the entire state of Wyoming. He married the love of his life, Debbra Kay (Coons) Edelman, on Aug. 4, 1973, in Midwest. Together they traveled the country, and after a brief enlistment in the United States Army, they followed Doug’s career in the oilfield. To this union, they were blessed with four children, Brandy, Christopher, Tiffany and Daniel.
Doug worked many different jobs in the oilfield, working for Northern Plains Trucking at the time of his passing. He said that he loved his job and those he worked with. He never met a stranger, many times turning a quick trip to the grocery store into an hours-long endeavor. Doug was always willing to help anyone in need, especially if he heard of anyone struggling with providing themselves or a family with food. Many times, emptying his and Deb’s freezer and cupboard. No matter the situation, you could always count on Doug to be there.
His faith in the Lord was unmatched. He believed in finding the best in everyone and always encouraged those he came across to be the best they could be and to be of service to others. Doug always believed in paying it forward. Doug was honest to a fault and always made sure you knew where he stood. He was loving, courageous, honest and faithful. His family meant everything to him and if you had a spare minute, he would share, with pride, the accomplishments of his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. He was always one of the most enthusiastic at a game, concert or play much to the embarrassment of who he had come to see and those he sat with. He loved his family fiercely, with every ounce of his being. No matter what.
Doug is survived by his wife of 45-and-a-half years, Debbra; his four children, Brandy Cecil (Tim Chestnut), Christopher Edelman, Tiffany Black (Tim Black), and Daniel Edelman (Christine Kirby); 15 grandchildren, Austyn, Ally, Sara, Colter, Carlie, Sierra, Kanyon, Katelynn, Carson, Lainey, Noel, Emily, Alex, Lacey and Tyler; seven siblings, Dale Finney (Sandy), Rod Edelman (Vicki), Cindy Sutherland (Tracy), Barbara Damon (Scott Mors), Gerald Edelman (Jacquie), James Edelman (Brenda), and Donald Edelman (Kym); and sister-in-law, Laura Edelman. He also had many bonus kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dennis; and grandson, Dustin.
Pallbearers will be Christopher Edelman, Daniel Edelman, Timothy Black, Gerald Edelman, James Edelman, Donald Edelman, Tracy Sutherland and Michael Hollenback. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Finney, Rodney Edelman, Colter Buchli, Austyn Matthews, Kanyon Cecil, Alexander Edelman and Tyler Fugate.
If you would like to make a donation, the family would be honored if you would donate in Doug’s name to The King’s Portion Food Bank, 1954 East Richards Street, Madora Plaza, Suite No. 11 & 12, Douglas, WY 82633.
Family and friends called at the funeral home on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com.