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Douglas Alexander Nitz
(January 3, 1947 - October 5, 2011)


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Douglas Alexander Nitz

U.S. Veteran

Douglas Alexander Nitz, 64, of Baroda passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph, MI. Doug was born January 3, 1947 at the family farm on Hinchman Road in Baroda to Elmer and Sandy (Alexandria Reisig) Nitz. He served our country in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. Doug "Spade" was often referred to as a true "Baroda Boy" and was a sought after dance partner. A lifelong Baroda resident, Doug owned and operated Wrensong Vineyards which he founded in 1970. Beginning as a Baroda Bulldog, he was a graduate of Lakeshore High School class of 1965 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Andrews University in Berrien Springs. He was a horse enthusiast and Equine Area Volunteer at Berrien County Youth Fair, affiliated with Tryon 4-H Saddle Club, a member of Zion United Church of Christ and a member of Baroda American Legion Post #345. Doug was a devoted and steadfast friend and loved his horses, fishing, dancing, cooking and celebrating birthdays with potato pancakes. Along with his MSU alumnus son, he was an avid Spartan fan. He is survived by one child, Tyler A. Nitz of Chicago, (beloved mother of Tyler, Jan Wix). His brothers Dr. Don E Nitz Holland MI (Joanne Nedoba), Jim Nitz, Baroda (Norma Gaul) Jerry Nitz, Baroda. Nieces & Nephews Kryn & Emily, Danny & April, Terry & Tom Woodrick, Sue (Woodrick-Totzke) Kyle & Kara (mother, Patty Hoge-Postma). As well as the extended Nitz, Reisig, Rock & Karen Kietzer families. Also a multitude of loyal and fun loving friends including Mike Stine with whom he found great joy in traveling the world. Memorial donations may be made to Lakeland Hospice, Benton Harbor MI or Berrien County Youth Fair Expo Arena, Berrien Springs, MI. A memorial service in celebration of Doug's life will be scheduled later in the year.

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