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Douglas E. Markle

November 30, 1959 February 14, 2024
Douglas E. Markle
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Ashland- Douglas E. Markle from Ashland, Ohio, age 64, died unexpectedly

on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital in

Mansfield, Ohio, from heart issues. Doug “Lou” was born on November

30, 1959, in Orrville, Ohio, to Everett L. and Shirley J. (Knotts) Markle.

Doug was fortunate to have great parents (Everett “Lou” and

Shirley Markle), grandparents (Ed and Beverly Knotts; Everett and Mary

Markle), an aunt and uncle (Pat and Wes Peterman), a brother (Kevin

Markle), and cousins (Van, Dianne, Sheri, Lana, and Vic Peterman).

Growing up, the Markle family holidays were packed with activities

involving camping, skiing, and sporting events. Doug was blessed to

have a father who coached at Ashland College and in the late 60’s,

Doug and Kevin spent countless hours in the gym, on the racquetball

courts, at Conrad Field House, and at Sarver Field. He excelled in

baseball and football throughout his youth and during his years at

Ashland High School, where his mom was his #1 fan. Doug attended

South Georgia Junior College for two years, where he played baseball

and earned his associate degree. He then attended Ashland College

where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science.

Doug had natural skills on the racquetball court and during the

80’s and 90’s participated in numerous racquetball tournaments. He

was a two-time state champion in the men’s “B” class. As an adult,

Doug enjoyed playing slow-pitch softball in the summers and eventually

switched to playing fast-pitch softball. “Lou” could never turn down a

good buffet, a Texas hold-em poker game, or a chance to spend an

afternoon at the horse track or a casino. He enjoyed attending the

county fairs throughout Ohio to watch the harness racing events with

his close friend, Rick “Stick” Miller.

Doug worked at Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) for many

years and last worked at Lippert Enterprises. He was a member of the

Ashland Eagles Club #2178.

Doug is survived by his brother, Kevin Markle; niece, Brooke

Markle; nephew, Logan (and Lily) Markle; great nephew, Landon

Markle; and many cousins on the Peterman side of his family. He was

preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Shirley Markle.

Graveside services will be held at Smithville Cemetery on

Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Messner

presiding. Gresser Funeral Home in Orrville, Ohio, is handling the


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