Douglas Edward Girard, 48, died August 26, 2017 at his Roscommon home, surround by his family and closest friends.
The memorial service will be Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Roscommon with Pastor Jim officiating, followed by a celebration of his life at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Roscommon at 2:30 p.m.
He was born January 18, 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida to Ronald F. and Phyllis J. (Miller) Girard.
Mr. Girard was employed by Frito Lay for 10 years until his diagnosis of AML/Sever Mastocytosis.
He made hundreds of friends over the years, from his school days up until he passed away. He never met a stranger, he never forgot a face, and he could not travel anywhere in the US and not run into people he knew. Many of his friends provided some of the greatest support during the time when he was going through the numerous treatments.
He also belonged to a group of boaters and people who frequented the lake, spending every weekend of every summer on Higgins Lake. He loved to go to the Ausable Canoe Race and other social activities on the lake. He spent the last few winters in Arizona living with friends because the Arizona heat was the only thing that helped with his bone pain and his pain from the mastocytosis.
Surviving are his daughter Sarah M. Girard (Tyler Fowler) carrying his first grandchild, of Roscommon; father Ronald Girard of Nevada; sisters, Lisa Girard of Higgins Lake, Roberta (Eckert) Chrispell of Houghton Lake, Ann Allison of Lansing, and Heather (Miller) Kruckenberg; and brother, Raymond (Kristie) Miller of Livonia.
Also surviving are his aunt, Marilyn Allison of Houghton Lake; nieces and nephews, Caeleigh Girard, Tristan Chrispell, Brandon Chrispell, Alexa Allison, and Kate Miller; and former wives, Sandra Johnson, and Jeannie Argue of Grayling.
He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents, Haroldand Eleanor L (Garriot) Miller; uncle, Doug Miller; aunt, Judith (Miller) Simpson; and cousin, James Eckert.
Mr. Girard was cremated.
Memorial gifts may be made to family, The Mastocytosis Society or the Lukemia Research Foundation.
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