Roger “Dale” Douglas

Roger “Dale” Douglas, 72 of Karnak, IL died Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at Parkview Nursing Home in Paducah, KY after a battle with cancer. He was born in Metropolis, IL February 6, 1952 to the late Clyde and Opal (Basham) Douglas. Dale, known as Roger at his work, was a 1970 graduate of Century High School. He attended Shawnee Community College and graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from Southern Illinois University in 1974. Other than working briefly in Johnson City, Dale lived his whole life in Karnak. He was first employed at Trunkline Gas Company but later retired from EEI after twenty plus years of service.

Dale was a humble, honest, kind- hearted, private person who loved to tease and laugh. Having never married, he was especially close to his brother Clyde Jr, nephew, Jeff and niece, Julie. In typical Douglas fashion, he loved to hunt and fish and could often be found in the woods or on the “river ditch” bank.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde & Opal Douglas and his nephew Jeff Douglas. He will be dearly missed by his brother Clyde Jr. and wife Bonnie; his niece Julie (Douglas) Birrer, husband Brannon and their children: Taryn, Tori (Josh), Tyson (Annika) and Thane; Jeff’s wife Cindy and their children, Mitchell and Samantha; his uncle Wayne (Darlene) Douglas and his Basham and Douglas cousins.

The family would like to extend its thanks to the staff at Parkview and to Mercy Health Paducah Hospice with their league of volunteer angels. A special thanks to Stan Basham, Linda Kay (Larry) Bailey, Joe (Paula) Basham, and Sara (Brandon) Burd for their love, attention and immeasurable help on Dale’s behalf and for being available to him when those of us who are so far away couldn’t be.

A special thanks to Wilson’s Funeral Home in Karnak for their help with funeral preparations.

Graveside services honoring the life of Mr. Roger Dale Douglas will be held at Anderson Cemetery in Boaz at 11:00 A.M. Saurday, March 16, 2024. Rev. Gerell Cain will be officiating. Everyone is asked to gather at the cemetery.

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Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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