Douglas Arthur Pequet

Douglas Arthur Pequet, on Saturday, May 16, 2020, Doug Pequet, loving husband, father, and papa, passed away at age 78 with his loving family by his side, under the care of Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla.

Doug was born on February 25, 1942, in Jackson, Mich., to Clifford and Dorothy (Couling) Pequet. Doug proudly served in the United States Army Reserve and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant. He continued to serve and help many military men, women, and families through several military organizations. He was a valued member of the color guard and Post Commander from 2001 – 2005 at the American Legion, Post 315 in Brooklyn, Mich. On August 24, 1968, he married his love, Julie (Walmsley) Pequet. They raised two amazing kids, Kevin, and Kari.

Doug was full of life and always active; seldom did he ever meet a stranger. He loved to hunt, fish, and hang out at the Sidnaw Hilton cabin in the Upper Peninsula. After trips north, he always came home with more stories and memories than deer. He also enjoyed the beaches in Florida, golfing, and spending time with his family. Doug, aka Papa, loved his grandchildren and watching them play sports, as he did for so many years with his own kids. He enjoyed showing the grandkids how to cook a big breakfast and always made sure his family and their friends felt welcome in the Pequet household. His wife of 51 years, Julie, was always by his side during their amazing life together.

Doug was preceded in death by his mother and father, Dorothy and Clifford Pequet, mother and father-in-law, Lu and Bud LaPointe, his sister, Jeanne Merrill, sisters-in-law, Elayne Niernberg, Jeanne Ryers and brothers-in-law, Ted Piotrowski, and Mike LaPointe.

He is survived by his wife, Julie Pequet; two children, Kevin (Danielle) Pequet and Kari (Jay) Gritton; his adored grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kyler Pequet, and Khloe and Jessica Gritton. Doug is also survived by his sister, Kay Piotrowski; brothers-in-law, Jerry (Crystal) Walmsley, Steve Merrill, Walt Niernberg; sister-in-law, Sue (Tom) Lusk, and many special nieces, nephews, and friends.

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held in Jackson, Mich., at a later date.