Douglas R. Sliger 1953 Douglas Richard Sliger was born on Easter Sunday, 8 Apr 1928, in San Francisco, CA. His birthday had never fallen on an Easter Sunday since, so he was looking forward to the coincidence in 2007. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it.
Doug was raised in Salt Lake City, UT, where his mother Carola had
extended family. He attended local schools and graduated from Granite High School in 1945. After two semesters at the University of Utah, Doug enlisted in the Army on 30 Mar 1946 at the age of 17.
Doug’s career in the Army took him to Ft. Monmouth, NJ, for Radio Repairman School. There, he first met Theresa “Terry” Gebele in October of 1947 at a local roller skating rink. On 19 Mar 1949, Doug completed his enlistment at West Point, NY, serving a short time in the United States Military Prep School, where he received an appointment to the Academy with the Class of 1953. Shortly thereafter, on 2 Apr 1949, Doug and Terry became engaged. They spent much of four years together at West Point. Terry, living in New Jersey, was able to visit almost every weekend. They were married on 4 Jun 1953, two days after his graduation.
Doug chose the Air Force and earned his pilot’s wings on 4 Aug 1954. He spent most of his Air Force career as a multi-engine pilot, flying T29s, C130s, and C141s. He flew all over the world,
including South Viet Nam, where he once was advised to make a short runway takeoff because the Viet Cong held the other end of the runway. In 1958, Doug graduated from the Air Force Institute
of Technology with a master’s degree in electrical engineering.
Doug attended the Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell AFB, AL. Graduation was on 19 Dec 1958, and Doug, Terry, and their three children hurried home to Wright Patterson AFB, OH, in
time for Christmas. Next, Doug served at Vandenberg AFB, CA, in the ballistic missile business. After three years there, they went to their only “overseas” assignment at Hickam AFB, HI, where
Doug continued his missile and flying career by retrieving satellites that had returned to earth, usually in Alaska. Meanwhile, Terry tended the home fires and their six children. After three years of hardship duty in Hawaii, they returned to the States on a cruise ship. Terry was seasick for nine months, and their last child was born during his tour at McGuire AFB, NJ. Doug spent the remainder of his career in the Air Force flying embassy flights all over the world. On 1 Jan 1972, he retired from the Air Force at Charleston AFB, SC, as a lieutenant colonel. Doug spent the next 15 years as a civilian in the financial planning business, helping military families plan for their financial futures.
On 6 Jun 1981, Doug was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church in Salt Lake City, UT, where Doug and Terry spent the rest of their very happy 53 years of marriage. Doug served at many different churches in Utah, including Saint Florence in Huntsville, which he was instrumental in building. Doug also spent five years building and operating a homeless shelter in Ogden as part of his assignment at Saint Joseph’s Church there. He then returned to serve the Air Force as Deacon of the Catholic Chapel at Hill AFB, UT, and also as Pastoral Associate for the next twelve years.
Doug loved to go deep sea fishing. On 18 Jul 2006, he went to Alaska for his 12th deep sea fishing trip out of Ketchikan, AK. When he set the hook on a fish, he fell and hit his head. He got up with
his son Mike’s assistance, brought in the fish, and continued to fish the rest of the day. Later in the day, after having returned to shore and eaten dinner, Mike noticed his dad was not feeling well, so
he drove Doug to the Ketchikan Hospital, where Doug lost consciousness. Doug made his last flight on an Air Evac to Harborville Hospital in Seattle, WA, a neurological center. It was determined that the blow on the back of his head had caused internal bleeding in the brain.
Doug passed away at 10 p.m. on 19 Jul 2006. Terry, his daughter Elizabeth, his son David and his wife, his son Michael and his wife, and three of their daughters were all by his side. Doug’s funeral
was held on 26 Jul 2006 at Saint Joseph’s Church in Ogden, UT, and he was buried in the Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch in South Ogden, UT, with full military honors.
Doug is survived by his wife Terry and their six children: Douglas Jr. of Rosamond, CA; Elizabeth (Melvin) Bingham of Roy, UT; John of Ogden, UT; Michael (Cindy) of Sammamish, WA; Peter of Ogden, UT; and David (Rebecca) of Gig Harbor, WA. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Barbara Jenkins; and two sons, James and Thomas. He will be sorely missed by all that were touched by his loving and caring
Terry Joined back with Doug May 8, 2012
MAY THEY REST IN PEACE