Doug Winters

May 14, 1964 ‒ July 31, 2011

Mansfield, Ohio

We can only imagine what Heaven is like. The bible tells us that the streets are made of gold. We the Winters family can only imagine that the dirt tracks in Heaven are made out of dirt of gold.

On Sunday, July 31, 2011 Doug Winters crossed his finish line, finished his race, and is now in the loving arms of Christ.

Doug lived and enjoyed life to the fullest. Most weekends he could be found at a dirt race track with his family in their camper, which he referred to as his “grandchild”. Traveling to many different dirt track races was what he enjoyed. He could be found at Eldora Speedway watching the World 100, The Dream, and on Friday nights he was often at the Attica Raceway Park.

Doug had a passion for people and was blessed with working hands and a creative mind. He found a sense of satisfaction with taking something that was broken and fixing it. Even though Doug would have you believe that he could say no, he never would turn down the opportunity to work on something for family or friends. In fact on Saturday mornings he would help his friends Charlie and Marty working on cars.

Doug was a graduate of Madison Comprehensive High School where he studied auto body repair. He was employed as a Site Superintendent for B C & G Weithman Construction.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. True love is difficult to find but Doug was able to find the love of his life, Connie Durieux, and married her January 27, 1990. Their relationship was built on the foundation of God. Doug and Connie not only shared their love of racing but the love of family and especially their daughter Cora. Cora who Doug lovingly called “Fred” was the light of his life. He was the protector of his family and dreamed big for Cora. He taught Cora his values of God, family and strength. Doug welcomed Danny Spayde into his family when Cora introduced them and he became a father figure to Danny.

Loving and serving God was a quality that Doug’s parents, Robert and Sue Winters instilled in him from an early age. Doug attended Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Ashland. He met Pastor John Guliano and they quickly became friends. Doug’s life was changed for the better because of his friendship with Pastor John. A faithful servant, Doug served on the board of trustees.

A family is a blessing. It means so many things. Words could never express the joy a family brings. A family is a bond of faith that even time can’t sever; a gift to last all of our lives. A family is forever.

Doug was born on May 14, 1964 to Robert and Sue Winters. We his brothers and sisters, Steven and Vivian Winters, Michael Winters, Shawn and Trisha McCathran, and Jeff and Jeannie Durieux share a bond that will never be broken. We have a sense of peace knowing that Doug had found salvation and is now in Heaven with our mother. Doug was passionate about his nieces and nephews and never missed an opportunity to make them laugh, he truly impacted their lives. His legacy will be carried on by Tiffany Sanders, Christopher Winters, Jennifer Jones, Megan and Ryan Hosler, Emily and Skip Hursh, Stephanie Winters and Bryan Breinich, Sophia and Alexis Winters, Ava Wade, Makynna Bolen, Zackary Sanders, and Donnie, Marcie and Chad Wittman. Doug also leaves behind his beloved dog, Turner and his cats Cali and Angel.

God has a plan for our lives and we know that Doug has now been reunited with his mother Sue Winters, father-in-law and mother in law Joe and Dalene Durieux and grandparents Orletta Kaple and Garland and Mildred Winters.

We ask all of you to imagine Heaven and God announcing, “Gentlemen Start Your Engines” and then you will know that Doug has the best seat at the best dirt track. Then imagine that God is waving his checkered flag and reciting “You have fought the good fight and you have finished the race” 2 Timothy 4:7.

The Winters family will receive friends Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 4-8pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service celebrating the life of Doug Winters will be held Friday at 11am in Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 322 Cleveland Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. The Winters family will also greet friends at the church the hour prior to funeral services from 10am-11am. The Rev. John Guliano will officiate and burial will follow in Windsor Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Emmanuel United Methodist Church or Richland County Humane Society may be made through the funeral home.

Private online condolences to the family are encouraged by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com