Dr. Douglas K. Nehs
Jan. 5, 1930 Ė Oct. 21, 2010
Douglas K. Nehs, optometrist, 80, of Waukesha, died Thursday, Oct. 21,
2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Jan. 5,
1930, in Waukesha, to Clyde and Mary Alice (Jones) Nehs.
On Aug. 4, 1956, he married Mary Jane Schalla at St. Charles Catholic
Church in Chippewa Falls. After graduating from the University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire and obtaining his optometry degree from Pacific
University in Forest Grove, Ore., he returned to Waukesha in 1960 and
began his practice. The love for his patients and his profession kept him
young until his last exam at Nehs Family Vision Center at the age of 79.
He was a lifetime member of the American and Wisconsin Optometric
Association, as well as a member of Kettle Moraine Optometric Society. For
many years, he regularly donated his time to perform huntersí safety
Doug was a life member and past president of the Waukesha Noon Lions,
where he was a recipient of the Birch/Sturm and Melvin Jones awards, the
highest honors awarded by the Lions Club. He was instrumental in bringing
the Blind Outdoor Leisure Development (B.O.L.D.) to Wisconsin and securing
sponsorship by Lions International. As an active and devout Catholic, he
was a member of many other groups such as the Serra Club of Waukesha.
Doug was an avid golfer from his days caddying at Merrill Hills Country
Club and the Mud Baths of Moordowns, until the last Nehs Fatherís Day
golf outing in June of this year. He spent most of his leisure time at his
second home on Lake Wisconsin, golfing, skiing and boating. His many
friends and family will always remember his kindness, great sense of humor
Doug will be dearly missed by his wife, Mary Jane of Pewaukee; their
children, Steven D. (Michelle) Nehs of Waukesha, Patricia Susan (David
Roberts) Nehs of Hubertus, Thomas James (Jessica) Nehs of Waupun and
Michael Joseph (Dana) Nehs of Chicago; grandchildren, Nicholas Nehs (best
buddy to grandpa), Jennifer Nehs, Joseph (Christina Deterville) Lowrey,
Angela (Mike) Hively, Donny Bostwick, Callie Mendlesky and Conner
Mendlesky; and greatgrandchildren, Alex, Lauren, Matt and Cameron Hively.
He is further survived by his sister, Leatrice (Larry Gygax) Baker of
Waukesha; brother, Donald (Joanne) Nehs of Arizona; sister-in-law,
Katherine "Kitty" Nehs of Waukesha; brother-in-law, James
(Irene) Schalla of Mystic, Conn.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Nehs.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 8 p.m. vigil service today,
Oct. 26, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha.
Services continue at the funeral home on Wednesday, Oct. 27, with prayers
beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by a procession to St. William Catholic
Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, for the 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass.
Graveside services with full military honors will follow at Prairie Home
Memorials are appreciated to Wisconsin Lions Foundation, 3834 Highway A,
Rosholt, WI 54473; American Brain Tumor Association, ABTA 2720 River Road,
Des Plaines, IL 60018; or charity of donorís choice.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and
Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for
directions or to leave an online tribute.