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Douglas “Doug” Wayne Stuber

Douglas “Doug” Wayne Stuber

Doug Stuber, age 62, of Amelia Island, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016.
Born in Fort Riley, KS, Doug was the son of Connie Stuber Klassen and the late Leon Stuber. Doug grew up in Wichita where he attended Wichita High School East, Class of 1972. He graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and became a lifelong avid Shockers Fan. During college, he met Darla who would become his adored wife in 1978. They shared a love of Shocker Basketball and Broncos Football. After they married, Darla joined Doug in Joplin, MO where he began a long and accomplished career in the Credit and Finance Industry.
He was employed by Sears Credit and Household which later became HSBC taking them to Denver, Colorado Springs, Chicago, Mexico City, Jacksonville and Tampa where he held the position of Director of Global Resourcing. He retired in 2009, and they returned to his beloved Amelia Island.
Doug gave much of his time and talent to Fernandina. He was a permitted volunteer for Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch and educated friends and visitors alike about our sea turtles. He participated in Shrimp Fest parades, Flowering Fernandina and the First Coast Koi Club. Collecting Koi gave him great joy and he showed them, winning numerous competitions.
He was a member of NANFA and Suncoast Killifish Association and traveled with fellow enthusiasts netting and collecting native species. Doug had a passionate knowledge of flora and fauna which he could be relied on to share and enjoy. He and Darla loved kayaking and bicycling on our island.
Doug and Darla traveled extensively in their 38 year marriage, many times off the beaten path in the US, Canada, Mexico, South and Central America, Asia, Spain, and most recently France; soaking up the culture and cuisine and enjoying wines of the region. Their passion was the Rocky Mountain West and Southwest enjoying snow skiing and hiking. Doug was fluent in Spanish and loved the chance to practice.
He is survived by his wife, Darla, his mother, Connie Stuber Klassen, two sisters, Anita Hoefling and her husband, Darrell, Angel Mann and her husband, Don, a brother, Willie Stuber, all of Wichita, KS and many nieces and nephews.
We are all a bit kinder, more joyful and more connected because of Doug.
A time to celebrate his life will be at 11:00 am on Friday, December 9, 2016 in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley Heard.
His family will receive friends on Friday, at the funeral home, from 10:00 am until the hour of service.
Further services will be held in Wichita, KS at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doug’s name to the Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch, PO Box 566, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32035
Please share his Life Legacy and leave your memories and condolences at www.oxleyheard.com

33 Condolences

  • Nicole, Jenna, Beth, Angie, Jacki and Dr. Yorko Posted November 29, 2016 4:02 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!!!

  • Mary hurley Posted November 30, 2016 8:44 am

    Doug taught me so much about sea turtles. He was always laughinging and joking. When ever i saw him out he always joked with me!!! My heart goes out to all his family and friends.

  • Sandra Baker-Hinton Posted November 30, 2016 8:48 am

    Darla, I am so very sorry and shocked at the whole island’s lost of Doug’s sweet smiling face, which we saw wherever he was. The whole community, especially, has lost a truly good man. What a loss, a loss that will be felt by all of us always. We love you and know that it is a very difficult time for you. Know that we all support you with our love and prayers.

  • Margaret Birney Posted November 30, 2016 9:56 am

    Doug will always be remembered by me and others for his helpfulness and expertise –he will be missed by us all. I’m so sorry, Darla, for your loss.

  • Diane and Maury Shipper Posted November 30, 2016 10:12 am

    We will miss Doug . He was so knowledgeable and always willing to share that with us and everyone he met! He rode our route for many years and it was always fun to visit with him!
    Darla, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Lynda Larsen Posted November 30, 2016 1:02 pm

    Darla, I totally commiserate with you in your loss. We all loved Doug and he will be sorely missed.

  • Maria Murphy Posted November 30, 2016 1:09 pm

    My heart breaks for you. I loved spending time with you and Doug at Kennith and Eliza’s parties. Doug brought such joy, happiness and laughter to the world. Iam sending you love and wishing you peace as you mourn.

  • Amy Tompkins Posted November 30, 2016 1:38 pm

    I am so very sad to hear about Doug’s passing. He took me so kindly under his wing and opened my eyes to the ways of the sea turtle. His kindness and gentle spirit and fantastic smile will be sorely missed. My heart and hugs go out to his wide extended families and friends.

  • Dale Posted November 30, 2016 1:51 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of Doug truly one of the good guys to ever walk the earth.

  • John / Bonnie Crowe Posted November 30, 2016 5:17 pm

    Our deepest sympathy on your loss of Doug. He will be missed by all that knew him and all that he contributed to our island.

  • Sherri Myers Posted November 30, 2016 5:46 pm

    I went from grade school through high school with Doug. He was such a good kid. From all of the condolences I can tell he was a good kind man. I will remember him fondly.

  • Holly Yurchison Posted November 30, 2016 6:53 pm

    Darla, I am so sorry to hear about Doug’s passing. I just met you both this summer at turtle events. He was so dedicated to the work. His smile and friendliness warmed my heart. I’m praying peace and blessings for you and your family.

  • Mary Duffy, Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch, Inc Posted November 30, 2016 8:39 pm

    We have lost a member of our family. Doug was such a special ambassador for our program. Everyone loved him. He touched so many lives while working on the beach with our group. We will miss him terribly. We love you, Darla!

  • Michael & Charlayne Draman Posted November 30, 2016 9:22 pm

    Darla…our deepest sympathy to you and your family on Doug’s passing…he will be remembered not only for all that he did but also for all that he was…

  • Becky White Posted November 30, 2016 9:30 pm

    Our deepest sympathies in the passing of Doug. I knew him through the Turtle Watch community and i saw his love of life and people. He was a wonderful, kind man and will be missed by our community.

  • David Lavine Posted November 30, 2016 9:42 pm

    Sad to hear the news of Doug’s passing. I came to know Doug two years ago as he helped me and my father bring a boat from Charleston S. Carolina to my home in Maryland. Doug’s warm, cheerful and helpful demeanor made him an instant friend and asset on our voyage. I chuckle when I remember the many amusing stories from our adventures on that trip. Doug offered a wealth of knowledge from his world travels. Also, he seemed to truly make the most of his time on this earth. I thought that our trip might be the first of many such adventures with this kind gentleman…sadly it was not to be.
    I wish his wife Darla my condolences and peace. I hope that it gives her some comfort knowing what a positive impression he made on those were fortunate enough to know him…

  • Kathleen Rethelford Posted December 1, 2016 8:20 am

    Darla, my breaks for you. You and Doug had a joyful, fun-filled life together. May all the memories bring comfort to you and know that he is forever holding you up. Love and deep sympathy to you in this sad time.

  • Diane Posted December 1, 2016 8:43 am

    My deepest sympathy on your loss. Doug was a great manager and mentor that so many people looked up to at Household. He was always happy and always lit up the room when he walked in. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Mike Brewer Posted December 1, 2016 3:53 pm

    Terribly sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. My heartfelt sympathy for Darla and Anita.

  • Mary and Bob Carver Posted December 1, 2016 4:23 pm

    My deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to Darla and family. Doug was such a great boss and an even more wonderful friend. He had such a positive impact on my life, and my husband and I both adored him. He was forever optimistic, upbeat, friendly and just overall awesome to be around. We will miss him greatly especially our “tech” talks. We are honored to have had him as a friend and he will be forever in our hearts.

  • Fritz Rohde, President, NANFA Posted December 1, 2016 7:50 pm

    All of us associated with the North American Native Fishes Association (NANFA) are terribly saddened to learn of your loss. A number of us got to know Doug well – his optimism, his love for fishes, his willingness to help younger members, and his love to talk. We will greatly miss him.

  • Ken & Loretta Ernst Posted December 1, 2016 8:57 pm

    We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Doug’s passing. From Friday night wine tastings to his constant presence on the beach watching for turtle nests (and certifying them!), Doug was just one of those easygoing people who always made you smile. We like to think that he’s with Steve right now, sharing a rare vintage and making plans to order a case (or two, or three….). Our deepest condolences to you, Darla, and the family. The world has truly lost one of the good guys.

  • Angelo & Kim Speranza Posted December 2, 2016 12:12 am

    Darla, we are deeply saddened to learn of Doug’s passing, and have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. It was obvious to us that you meant the world to each other. May peace be with you, during this very difficult time.

  • Darla Dalton Johnston Posted December 3, 2016 2:06 am

    Darla…Sending my love to you and Anita. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Cheryl Brodie Duttweiler Posted December 3, 2016 10:59 am

    Darla, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Doug and my heart goes out to you and his family who are suffering the loss at this time. I shared so much with Doug and also learned a lot from him in our volunteer work at the Farmer’s Market and the annual Garden Show. He was truly a very special person and was a gift to our community. He also shared his love of showing and raising the beautiful Koi in your pond! Please know you will be in my prayers and heart.

  • Connie Shelfer Posted December 4, 2016 12:05 pm

    So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I really enjoyed getting to know Doug during his house hunting several
    years ago. Great person.

  • Marilou Sullivan Posted December 4, 2016 6:40 pm

    It was a sad day when I heard the news of Doug’s passing. Having worked with Doug for several years at HSBC, he was one of the most sincere people I knew. He always took the time to say hello and treated everyone with respect. He had the same kind words for his employees and colleagues as he did for the CEO. Doug was such a good person and it was an honor to be called his friend. He will be missed.

  • Billy and Lisa Upton Posted December 5, 2016 9:42 am

    Darla, our hearts are saddened and heavy with Doug’s passing. He was truly a caring, giving and loving soul and we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you over the coming days and months. Blessings and love to you and your family.

  • Cheryl and Neal Wilkinson Posted December 5, 2016 3:01 pm

    Darla, Neal and I are so shocked to hear of Doug’s passing. It seems like yesterday that we sat eating chips and dip as we shared a meal near Greeley and you were talking about adjusting to retirement. We have known the two of you for so many years beginning with our time at Sears in Denver and Colorado Springs. With all the trials and tribulations at Sears we can still see Doug’s smiling face and hear his laugh through it all. He was a very good man, so well thought of as a manager and a good friend. We enjoyed sharing a meal or two with you both over the years and know this is devastating to you. Neal and I hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Mari Iuliano Posted December 8, 2016 4:16 pm

    Darla….. Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember Doug, who was so close to you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

  • Charlie and Angela Nunziata Posted December 8, 2016 5:03 pm

    Darla: Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Doug was a great and true friend, We will all miss him. God bless you and the Stuber family.

  • Linda and Mark Sinnen Posted December 8, 2016 7:45 pm

    Darla, I was so blessed to have met Doug and work with him at Household and HSBC. It didn’t matter that we eventually moved to other cities and didn’t see each other for years – we always remained friends. He was such a genuine person, I think I may have seen him “annoyed” once and that was likely about politics. When he, Fidel and I became almost daily lunch pals for a long time, Fidel and I had to grab our piece of bread before Doug got his hands on the basket and devoured the rest of it. Darla, you even asked us to keep him away from the bread – boy! was that a tall order! I think very few people in this world have the kind of marriage that you two enjoyed and I know you will have that warmth in your heart for the rest of your life. I know his arms are around you getting you through this with that big, wonderful smile of his. With our love, thoughts and prayers.

  • Scott Stanberry Posted December 12, 2016 5:48 pm

    Darla: I just heard the news of Dougs passing and wanted to pass on my condolences to you and your family. I wish I would have stayed in closer contact with you guys after I left Household as we had some great times together here in Colorado and in Chicago. He was such a great guy and you guys were a perfect couple. Payers are going out to you and your family.

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