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Doug Meeker

Doug Meeker, age 63, of Columbus, Ohio died April 12, 2017 following a brief illness.  He was born on April 24, 1953 in Hilliard, Ohio to the late Rita and James Meeker.  He married the love of his life and best friend, Joy Avery, with whom he shared a strong relationship even though far too brief.  Doug is survived by siblings, Debbi (William) Ryle, Mark (Sharon) Meeker, Conni (William) Young and E. Sue (William) Clark; brother-in-law, Ed (Lorie) Avery, sister-in-law, Gail (Jeff) Keller, father-in-law, Doug Avery and numerous nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Joy Avery Meeker; parents, Rita Jean Meeker and James Edwin Meeker; brother, John Alan Meeker; and mother-in-law, Doris Jean Avery.  Doug was a talented cabinet maker working for Custom Coach and Farber Specialty Vehicles.  The family would like to extend special thanks and appreciation for care provided by OhioHealth Hospice.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  Contributions can be made in Doug’s memory to Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214.  Arrangements entrusted to Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society.  Please visit to leave the family an online condolence.

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  • Dave McCullough says:

    Debbie, Sorry to here of your brother passing. It’s been longtime since grade school. Hope you and your family are doing well. David McCullough

  • Debbie Leigh says:

    To the Meeker family so sorry for your loss.Doug was a kind and gentle soul.
    He was so encouraging to me with the rehabbing of my home. He helped me some even though he didn’t know at the time he was sick.. He would come down and we would just talk and visit and talk about our Mustangs we both loved them. feels like yesterday.
    I am so happy we went to the Ocean Club together. A special night I will always remember.
    I will miss our texting, talking, and spending time together. Your friend, Debbie

  • Gail Avery Keller says:

    Debbie and all the Meeker family, the Avery’s all loved Doug and he was a valued member of our family, too. The tribute to Doug and Joy’s marriage was beautiful and perfectly correct. Doug was Joy’s best friend and the love of her life. As I said to you yesterday, I never stopped thinking of Doug as my brother-in-law and as Uncle Doug to the kids even though it is now over twenty years since we lost Joy. I’m so sorry they did not have that time here together. The happy news is they are together again now. Since last evening I thought of another photo Doug was in while my mother was still with us — the family picture at Kristany’s wedding. We were so happy he was able to share that day with us. He will be missed by all of the Avery’s and we are so sorry for your loss.

  • Sara J. Haag (Feldpausch) says:

    Grew up next to these wonderful folks and not seen them in many years – remember happy times teasing each other. Hope he went peacefully – many blessings to the family.

    Sara J. Haag (Feldpausch)

  • Judy Wright says:

    Oh how Joy Jean loved Doug! I know she welcomed him in his bib-overalls with open arms ! Very sorry for the Meeker and Avery family- Doug was a very sweet, kind man. May God comfort each of you.

  • GW says:

    To the Meeker family sorry for your loss. Will always remember the good times at CCC and FSV.
    Rest In Peace.

  • Tricia says:

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. May God’s Word strengthen you during this difficult time. For he will deliver the poor one crying for help, also the afflicted one and whoever has no helper. He will feel sorry for the lowly one and the poor one, And the souls of the poor ones he will save. Psalms 72:12, 13.


  • Bridget Howard says:

    Debbi, so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved brother. Thinking of you and sending prayers for you and your family.

  • Joe Shumway says:

    Doug and I were great friends in the 70s and 80s. I knew him from the 20th Ave days to Clintonville times. We enjoyed music (he had the first “quad” stereo I ever saw) and racing slot cars. We lost track of each other after I moved to Colorado. I have and will think of him often. RIP buddy.

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