Clarence Esseltine

Clarence Esseltine

Clarence D. ‘Doug’ Esseltine of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away May 20, 2012 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo. Doug was born July 1, 1942 In Kalamazoo. In 1960 he graduated from Kalamazoo Central, then graduated from WMU, attended U of M and served in the ROTC. After working many years in Chicago, he retired from the USDA.

Doug, as he was known to those who loved him, was a man of integrity and respect. He chose an independent, frugal life, enjoying his cabin in Baldwin, fishing and living in harmony with nature and mankind.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Esseltine; his parents, Ardis and Burton Rayman; cousins, Raymond Esseltine, Pat VanderMolen, Jimmy Boyd, Janie Bass, Judith Massie and Mike Oram.

Surviving are cousins, Marilyn Poff, Dennis Baker, Grace Richardson, Doreen Baker, Pat Oisten, Duane Baker, Dale Oisten, Art Oram, Carol Fleeman, Joyce Borton, Peg Kraak, Pete Oram, David Oram, Rodney Esseltine, Kevin Esseltine, Jim Oram, Vanessa Simmonds and John Esseltine; friend and cousin by marriage, Gare VanderMolen.

Respecting his wishes he will be cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Those wishing may make a contribution in Doug’s memory to the American Cancer Society or the charity of their choice.

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  1. Dionne Frost says:

    I am the daughter of Grace Richardson and Doug was always present during special family get togethers. He attended the wedding of myself and my sisters, he was there for other special moments and truly loved member of our family.

    To my mother I would like to say that God doesn’t provide us a life program so we get to see when it ends, it just ends. Doug was a special and wonderful man who always had a smile on his face. I know that you are sad but he is in a better place and is now enjoying a special family reunion in Heaven with those who have passed before him.

    I love you mom,


  2. Nancy E. (Rayman) Hayward says:

    Our family always enjoyed it when Doug attended our few get togethers. He certainly was a man of nature and very reserved.
    He will be missed by all who knew him.


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