Nov. 6, 1946 - April 20, 2013
ELKHART - Douglas Eugene Soard, 66, of Elkhart, passed away unexpectedly at home at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013.
He was born Nov. 6, 1946, in Van Lear, Ky., to Leslie and Joan (Brush) Soard.
Doug was a graduate of Elkhart High School class of 1965 and completed the apprenticeship program for tool and die through the CTS Corp., Elkhart.
He married the former Diana Salomon on Nov. 21, 1965, in Elkhart.
Doug is survived by his wife of 48 years, Diana (Salomon) Soard of Elkhart, and his daughter, Dorry (Jack) Foltz. Also surviving are his son-in-law, Kevin Bailey, and grandchildren Rachel (Andrew) White, Colin Bailey and Jared and Rylee Foltz. Surviving as well are his siblings, Chuck (Terrie Bailey) Soard and Sally (Jack) Schwerha and four nieces. Doug was also anxiously awaiting the birth of his first great-granddaughter within the next few weeks.
Preceding him in death were his parents, and his daughter, Darcy (Soard) Bailey.
Doug was employed by Valley Machine Products for 19 years and worked a total of 29 years with the CTS Corp., Elkhart, where he served as an IAM union steward.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 and from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Osceola. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at Chapel Hill with interment to follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Doug was a loving and devoted husband and father. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and leather-working. He loved spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren.
In his memory, donations may be made to United Cancer Agency Services of Elkhart County, 23971 U.S. Highway 33, Elkhart, IN 46517.
Online condolences may be sent to the Soard family at www.chapelhillmemorial.com.