Douglas Fredrick Michaelis, 69, of Salina, KS passed away on October 19, 2021 with his loving family by his side. Doug was born November 9, 1951 in Russell, KS. to Oscar C. Michaelis and Elizabeth D. (Koppel) Michaelis. Doug married Nancy Neaderhiser on June 16, 1974 at the Methodist church, Manchester, Ks. To this union was born two children, Derek and Erin.
Doug is a Veteran who served as a mechanic in the US Army stationed in Germany and Vietnam. After leaving the service he worked for a local concrete company and then became a superintendent for Nelson Construction. He then started his own company, Michaelis Construction, in 1978. He remodeled and built custom homes and developed land in Salina and surrounding areas. He loved playing with his real life “Tonka Toys,” digging basements, doing dirt work and installing septic systems. He also had a life long love for horses and started “Painted Acres” in the 1990’s. Doug and his wife, Nancy, traveled to horse sales, making friends wherever they went.
Doug was an extremely loving and devoted husband and father always making sure his family had fun and was busy making memories. He lit a room with his signature grin and contagious laughter. He loved boating, camping at the lake, and hot-rodding and reminiscing at car shows. Whether it was Doug’s personal or professional life, he improved everything he touched and made a lasting imprint, whether in a heart or a home.
Doug is survived by his wife, Nancy, and his two children, Derek and Erin Michaelis, brother Virgil (Judy) Michaelis, and multiple nieces and nephews. Doug is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Arnold Michaelis.
His Memorial Service will be held Saturday, October 23rd, 10:30 am, at Central Baptist Church, 2026 Starlight Drive, Salina, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the local charity, Salina Shares.