Douglas E. Mootz, 79, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Douglas E. Mootz, 79, of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. Douglas was born in Lakota, ND, on May 19, 1937, to Clarence and Minnie (Moe) Mootz. He attended schools in Devils Lake, graduating from Devils Lake Central High School with the class of “1955.” Doug enlisted in the United States Navy in January of 1956, and served with units of the Pacific Fleet in San Diego, Japan, Okinawa, Formosa, Philippines and Vietnam. In 1966, he married Yoshiko (Tamura) Mootz at Fukuoka, Japan. Together they served on ships and stations in Japan, New London, CT, Norfolk, VA, Long Beach, CA and Washington D.C. In October 1975, he closed out his Navy career, retiring to the Fleet Reserve after 20 years active service with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. His service awards included Navy E Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal (5 times), National Defense Medal, SEA Service Deployment Award (6 times), Vietnam Service Medal (2 times) and the Navy Expeditionary Medal. He returned to Devils Lake where he worked with his father. He graduated from Lake Region Junior College and UND with a degree in History. He made a second career out of hobbies that included art works, sketches, landscapes, veteran memorials, poems and genealogy. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and VFW Honor Guard. Doug is survived by his siblings Meloyd (Kay) Mootz (Bismarck, ND) Mavis (Mootz) (Jerry) Janzen (Devils Lake), Judy (Mootz) Stewart, (Monticello, MN) and Mike Mootz (Arizona) and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Yoshiki; brother, Arlen Mootz; sisters, Cheryl Jones, Janice Bertsch, Irene Englehart, Betty Pfeifer and Joan Janzen. Funeral Services for Doug will be held on Thursday, May 4 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Devils Lake with Reverend Jim Paulson officiating. Burial will be in the Devils Lake Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Neathery-Simensen Post No. 756, Devils Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Team-Navy. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday one hour prior to the funeral service. Music will be provided by Jodi Kurtz and Joni Haugland, vocalists and Jean Aardahl, pianist. Doug is in the care of the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake.