Douglas H. Babcock

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Douglas Herbert Babcock, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, age 71, of Indian River, Michigan, passed away on December 26, 2022.

He was born on August 20, 1951, to Herbert L. and Lenore F. (Swan) Babcock.

Douglas loved fishing, gardening, beekeeping, quiet walks through the woods, reading classic western novels, and spending time with his family. He spent many years building beautiful log homes all over Northern Michigan and across the country. He was always ready and eager to help those in need, and never expected anything in return. He was loved and cherished by many and will be greatly missed by his wife and family.

He is survived by his wife, Kay F. (Smith) Babcock; his daughters, Paula A. and Pamela K.; grandchildren, Andrew, Mykaela, Logan, Rivers, and Laken; brother, Greg (Mary) Babcock; several nieces and nephews; and many more beloved family members.

He was preceded in death by his son, Craig; sisters, Diane, Kaye D., and Vikki L.; and his parents.

A memorial service will be held on Zoom by the Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, on January 1, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. est. Please reach out to the family directly for information on how to attend or email Mykaela at

Sympathy cards or flowers may be sent to the family at 7320 Paula Dr. Indian River, MI 49749.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

10 comments on “Douglas H. Babcock”

  1. Uncle Doug was a man that left a lasting impression on anyone he met. I cannot wait to hear his witty sarcasm again and have one of those giant hugs!

  2. Connie johnson Johnson

    My heart goes out to this family. So sorry for your loss. Been a long time since I’ve seen him but always thought of him as a good man.

  3. Words can not express how awesome my uncle Doug was!!!! So many awesome times. Will cherish every memory. Thank you for everything you taught us! Love you

  4. Bob and I would like to send our Heart felt condolences to His entire family! He was a great guy and friend. He will be missed by everyone that knew him…God Bless

  5. I am very sorry to hear of Dougs passing. Doug was such a sweet guy! He and Greg helped build Town + Country homes; thats where I met him. Town + Country and the Babcocks went hand in hand for many years. He always made sure to say hello whenever you saw him and he had a hard time saying no when you needed help on a job. He was really great! Hugs and my condolences go out to his family.

  6. Doug was my best friend throughout our teen years, then I moved away and we lived our lives. It greatly saddens me to know I will have to wait until the resurrection to see that big smile again. My deepest sympathies to his family…

  7. Hope Uncle Jim doesn’t go to Arizona this syrup season. I was all twitterpated as I got elected to boil one year, talk about nerves!! But guess what Uncle Doug pulled up and saved the season! I calmed down and we got it done! That and peach segrems, and as Uncle Doug said…Jimmy’s good stuff!! Can’t wait to make more memories! Love you guys

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