Doug Elwess

Funeral services for 88-year old Doug Elwess of Chadron, NE, are Tues, Jan 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron with Dr. Russ Seger officiating. 

Livestreaming of the funeral service will be available on the Chamberlain Chapel Facebook page.

Burial with military honors will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron. 

Visitation is Monday, Jan 25, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron.

A memorial has been established for the Chadron Volunteer Fire Dept. Donations can be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.

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Leonard Douglas “Doug” Elwess was born on Feb 23, 1932, in Sheridan County, NE, to Adam Leonard and Hulda Louise (Reeves) Elwess. He passed away on Jan 20, 2021 at his home in Chadron.

Doug joined the United States Army and served in Korea. On February 18, 1955, Doug married Thelma Mae Pettigrew and to this union were born four children.

After the military, Doug served as a meat cutter, worked for several farmers and ranchers, and was employed by the Nebraska Department of Roads. He then had a dairy for several years and owned Chadron Oil Company before retiring as a farmer/rancher.

Doug was a member of the American Legion and VFW.

Doug loved his family and church. He was a hard worker and always willing to help out anyone. He would always call or visit if he heard someone was hurt or sick. No one could jitterbug like Doug.

Doug is survived by his wife of 65 years, Thelma Mae (Tiny); Daughter Laura Sue Elwess of Malcom, NE; Son Delwin Douglas (Karla) Elwess of Chadron, Nebraska; Son Leonard Loree (Patty) Elwess of Keyes, California; Daughter Gwendolyn Kay (Bruce) Dobberstein of Chamberlain, South Dakota. Sister Connie Kay Colson; Brother Samuel Lee Elwess; Sister Dixie Diane Mooney; Brother David Earl Elwess. 12 Grandchildren, 11 Great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Doug was predeceased by his parents Adam Leonard and Hulda Louise Elwess; Twin sisters Shirley and Charlotte Elwess; Sister Juanita Joyce Griswald; Brother Marvin Neil Elwess; Sister Carolyn Joy Serrat; Sister Gloria Arlene Cronan; Brother Howard Lyle Elwess; Sister Lois Anne Bezanson; and Sister Vera Louise Franck.

Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Doug Elwess.