June 5, 2018
Douglas Alvin Geleynse of Mission, BC passed away on June 5, 2018 at the age of 65.
Doug was born in Korea and came to the U.S. in 1957 where he enjoyed a beautiful childhood on a dairy farm in Everson, Washington with his parents Jeanette and Conrad (Con) Geleynse and 11 siblings.
Doug joined the United States Navy and served on the U.S.S England, based in San Francisco, California. In Sept 1974 he received a letter of commendation for the direct and meaningful contribution he made to the ships successes between 1973 and 1974.
After receiving his honourable discharge from the Navy in 1976, Doug began a career as Welder and Millwright. If you ask any one that has worked with Doug, they will tell you he was one of the best in his trade.
Doug always had a love for the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, often found fishing on the river for sturgeon and salmon or on the ocean for salmon, crab, oysters or the odd halibut. He also loved to camp and hunt. Doug loved being a Grandpa and spending any time that he could with family. He was a kind, caring, and hard-working individual, always going out of his way to help others the best that he could. To all those that knew him, he was a wonderful man with the biggest heart.
He is survived by his children; daughters Christina (Scott) Johnston and Jade (John Hamilton) Geleynse, son Douglas (Geri) Anderson and step daughter Summer (Casey) Merrills; his mother Jeanette Geleynse, siblings; Marcia Otter, Janice (Chris) Crabtree, Connie Magana, David (Charlotte) Geleynse, Dean Geleynse, Duane (Nina) Geleynse, Lloyd Geleynse, Denise (Eric) Brower, Darlys (Manny) Kimmie and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Doug is also survived by his former wife and close friend Dawn Higginbottom. Doug is predeceased by his father Conrad Geleynse and brother in-law Del Otter.
A Graveside Service will be held at the Noosack Cemetery in Everson, Washington on July 7th, 2018 at 12:00 pm. A Social Hour will follow at the Everson Senior Center at 1:00 pm.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Mission Elks Hall in Mission, B.C. on July 28th 2018 at 1:00 pm. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, a charity that was special to Doug.