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Douglas Keith Kottke, 72

Douglas Keith Kottke, 72, of Woodstock, passed away after a valiant battle with cancer.

Born in Harvard on April 10, 1951, to the late Elgart and Elzora (née Gregory) Kottke, Doug lived a full life marked by dedication, love, and service.

On April 15, 1972, he married his high school sweetheart, Trudy Rousey. His kind, gentle, and loving soul shone through in his patience, respect, and willingness to help wherever needed. Known for his great laugh and loyalty to his family and his Lord, Doug’s sons were his pride and joy. He also treasured trips to Disney World and over 40 years of camping traditions in Mercer, Wis., with relatives.

Doug’s career spanned 30 years at R&L Spring Co., where he served as a plant manager and later as a consultant. He cherished the friendships made there, enjoying golfing, trips to Canada fishing and snowmobiling with his boss, Scott Forsythe, and friends.

A faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Woodstock for over 60 years, Doug served as a Board of Trustees member, chairman of the congregation, and an elder.

Doug is survived by his wife, Trudy; sons, Bradley (Rebecca) and Eric (Alexis); grandchildren, Reagan, Michael, and Christopher; siblings, Dale (Marianne) Kottke and Melody (Dave) Gieseke; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 401 St. John’s Road, Woodstock. Burial will follow at Alden Cemetery, Harvard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Doug’s name may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington for their support and compassion during Doug’s final journey, truly celebrating his life.

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