Douglas VanHeerde

Douglas Glen VanHeerde, 57, died April 11, 2018, in Venice, Florida.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Luverne Senior Citizens Center. A previous memorial service was Sunday, April 22, at Maxine Barritt Park in Venice, Florida.

Douglas VanHeerde was born on Nov. 12, 1960, to Alvin and Wilma VanHeerde in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He graduated from Luverne High School in 1979 and attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

He lived in Hager City, Wisconsin, for 20 years before moving to Venice in 2017. During his career, Douglas worked as a handyman and a bartender. He was an avid gardener, a licensed massage therapist, and fluent in both French and Spanish. He enjoyed woodworking, sculpting, and had a passion for dancing.

Douglas is survived by his sisters, Debra VanHeerde of Luverne, and Darla VanHeerde MD of Esko; nieces and nephews Rika Snyder, Will (Andie) French and Jennifer (Scott) Preston; four great-nephews, Will, Winston, Logan, and Leland; stepgranddaughters Gabrielle and Courtney Lillie of Gulf Shores, Alabama; and longtime friend Jaqueline Conniff.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin VanHeerde and Wilma Frease and a nephew, Ben Snyder.

Douglas made a gift of his organs to the LifeLink Foundation upon his death. 

Farley Funeral Home assisted with arrangements,

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