Douglas C. Workman, 87Douglas Charles Workman died on Feb. 26 at the age of 87 at Sunrise Senior Living in Des Peres, MO.
Douglas Charles Workman died on Feb. 26 at the age of 87 at Sunrise Senior Living in Des Peres, MO.
Born to Verna and Oscar Wickstrom of Minneapolis, Douglas was raised by Helen and Carl Workman of Lake City. Upon his graduation from Lincoln High School, Douglas received a Congressional appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point on Long Island, N.Y., where he joined the Class of 1945.
As a Cadet Officer he became Commander of Company 16 and during WWII Douglas was injured during missions delivering locomotives and ammunition through the Barents Sea into Murmansk, Russia.
After serving in World War II, Douglas sailed for U.S. Lines and then returned to Minnesota to begin a long career with the Milwaukee Railroad. He married Patricia Yvonne Rill of Lake City at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Lake City on Oct. 20, 1951. Over 32 years, Douglas held sales and marketing positions with the Milwaukee Railroad in Des Moines, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, and San Francisco.
Douglas enjoyed camping with his family, carpentry, and building his retirement home in the Seattle area. As a devoted patriot he followed local, state and national affairs.
Douglas and Patricia celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last October.
Douglas is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia; their three daughters, Susan Workman of Olalla, WA, Carolyn Workman of Auckland, New Zealand, and Gail and Dr. Mark Thoelke of St. Louis, MO; and two granddaughters, Mariah and Jessica Workman Thoelke. Douglas is also survived by his brother, Donald Wickstrom of Edina; his sister, Mary Ann "Bunny" (Wickstrom) Petersen of Red Wing; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, May 28, at Lakewood Cemetery in Lake City. Visitation will be 1/2 hour prior to the graveside service.
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