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We have lost a Founding Member!


Rest in peace – Douglas L. Viars

Douglas L. Viars, 60, of Liberty Center, OH passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015 at St. Luke’s Hospital. Doug was born in Defiance, OH to the late Martin, and Pauline Viars. Besides his parents, Doug is also preceded in death by his sister: Patricia A. Deatrick.

Suriving Doug is his sister: Deb (Ron) Williams of Monclova; nieces: Jessica Deatrick of Defiance, Amy (Jake) Bryant of Grand Rapids; nephews: Jason (Erin) Deatrick of Hawaii, Justin (Carrie) Deatrick of Loveland, Matt (Jamie) Vollmar of Liberty Center.

Doug graduated from Four County in 1972, and worked at Napco Plastics in Napoleon where he later retired. Doug enjoyed gardening, electronics, and animals. He was a member of Sons of the American Legion Post #232 and sponsor/founding member of Schnauzer Rescue of Cincinnati.

 Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

Doug and Posey

Note from Barb Littler
Doug adopted Posey from SFRA. Posey was being fostered by a lovely lady that also fostered giant schnauzers, and was the Diabetic Dog Whisperer for SFRA. Posey was attacked by the giants while the lady was away from home and Posey was gravely injured. Fortunately Posey survived, and was adopted by Doug... that’s where Doug’s journey began with rescue, adopting a severely scared little dog that loved him unconditionally until Posey drew her last breath. Doug was drawn to the special needs dogs that others over-looked. There was a connection, because Doug too had his own health issues, and he cared for his ailing mother. Doug has a heart as big as outdoors and unfortunately his health has continued to decline over the past 10 years.

Note from Pat Miller (President of SRC)
“We recently got the sad news that we have lost another one of our rescue angels, Doug Viars. He has been ill for quite a while, and he finally lost his battle with cancer. I have known Doug since 2002, when he adopted Posey from me when I was with SFRA. We always stayed in touch, and when I started this group I asked him if he would like to help and that was the beginning. Doug fostered not only the young healthy dogs, but he would take the old, and sick ones. He was also the caregiver for his mother who was completely immobile. He was one of kindest persons that I have ever met.
He lost his mom, a few years ago and then his sister passed away not too long after that, so he was very depressed. We at SRC will never forget Doug, and the lives that he saved by fostering for us.

Doug is now with his mom, sister, and all of the furkids that he lost.”