Douglas John “Doug” Bemis, 67, of Mountain Home, Ark., formerly of Muscatine, Iowa, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Mountain Home. A casual celebration of life gathering will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Café Indiago, 4924 Utica Ridge Road, Davenport, Iowa. A private burial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics Transplant Program. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, in Muscatine, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Douglas John “Doug” Bemis, 67, of Mountain Home, Ark., formerly of Muscatine, Iowa, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, in Mountain Home. A casual celebration of life gathering will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Café Indiago, 4924 Utica Ridge Road, Davenport, Iowa. A private burial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation or the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics Transplant Program. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, in Muscatine, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Doug was born Dec. 6, 1948, in Waverly, Iowa, the son of Earl and Marcella (Dohse) Bemis. He was first married to Dianna Holts and together they had a daughter, Michelle. He married Nancy Beuseling on Sept. 27, 1999, in Las Vegas, Nev. Nancy had a son, Seth, whom Doug adopted.

He started in the car business with Dahl Ford and then came to Muscatine and purchased Park Avenue Motors. He later purchased Henderson Chevrolet-Oldsmobile and combined the two stores into Doug Bemis Auto Mall of which he ran for 25 years. Doug purchased Tracy Ferry Marina in 1995, in Mountain Home. Doug and Nan moved to Mountain Home in 2004. He later sold the Marina to his son, Seth.

He loved traveling, reading, fishing, and boating.

The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Daniel Valach, Good Samaritan Society of Mountain Home, and Hospice of the Ozarks.

Those left to honor his memory include his beloved wife, Nancy Bemis, of Mountain Home; son, Seth Bemis and wife, Jillian, of Mountain Home; one daughter, Michelle; and one brother, Brian. He also leaves behind his adored pups, Annie and Scooter. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved grandson, Devin; and his mother-in-law, Caryl Gramling.