Death of Douglas Allen Friend

Douglas Allen Friend

Douglas Allen Friend, 46, of Fairmont, passed away Friday (Oct. 19, 2012) at his residence.

He was born in Wheeling on Jan. 11, 1966, a son of Allen Eugene Friend and Janet Mae Dawson Friend, both of Morgantown.

Mr. Friend was employed by the State of West Virginia in the Disability Determination Section. He was a 1984 graduate of Morgantown High School and a 2008 graduate of Columbia College, Mississippi. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Friend retired in 2009 as a chief after 20 years of service. He proudly served his country on the USS Forrestal, USS Mount Whitney and the USS Theodore Roosevelt. During his service in Operation Enduring Freedom, he was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal as well as the Air Warfare Medal. His final assignments were two tours in Guantanamo Bay. He was a member of Acacia Lodge No. 157 A.F. & A. Masons of Fairmont and a member of VFW Post 7048 of Fairmont.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Kerry Annette Williams Friend; a son, Christafer Friend; and two daughters, Justine Nicole Friend and Sara Elizabeth Friend, all of Portsmouth, Va. Two brothers survive, John Friend and his wife Diana of Bruceton Mills, and Aaron Friend of Frederick, Md.

Additional survivors include a step-daughter, Ashley Mae Krause of Fairmont; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arnold and Connie Williams of Princeton, Minn.; and a brother-in-law, David Williams of Leesburg, Va. Several uncles and aunts survive.

Friends may call at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont on Monday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Elise Neal officiating. He will lie in state at the church from 9:30-10:30 a.m., the hour of the service. Interment with full military rites will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery at Pruntytown at 1 p.m. Acacia Lodge No. 157 A.F.& A. Masons will conduct ritualistic services at graveside. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.