Douglas Wuest

Douglas Wuest


June 25, 1960 - November 18, 2021


Douglas Wuest, 61, of Pierre, SD, died Thursday, November 18, 2021, in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 23, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Douglas George Wuest was born June 25, 1960, to George and Sandra (Lauterbach) Wuest in Mitchell, SD. Doug graduated from Mitchell High School in 1978. After high school, he attended the University of South Dakota, and received his Bachelor of Science in government in 1982. While in college Doug worked for the South Dakota Highway Dept. during the summers, weighing trucks and marking the roads. He took the money he earned to buy his first car.

At an early age, Doug sought knowledge and adventure in his life. As a young boy, Doug enjoyed trains. Every time he heard the train whistle blow two blocks away from home, he would ride his bike or run to the tracks to watch the train go by. Later on, he became interested in steam engines. Doug would go to conventions and ride on a train for a day trip. He always documented his trip by taking many pictures of the train engine. Doug was also always reading books about World War II history and government while growing up. He was very knowledgeable on many subjects. Doug, his parents, and his sister went on many family vacations. Doug would always walk fast because he was excited to explore the next place.

Doug lived and worked in Pierre for 39 years. He began working for the State of South Dakota in the Department of Energy. He then worked in the Department of Revenue in the Motor Vehicle Division for many years. Doug would come home to Mitchell every other weekend to be with his mom and sister. They always had a great time together, and shared many wonderful memories.

Later on in life, Doug took a great interest in birdwatching and photography. He would go to Farm Island and around Pierre to photograph birds. He took many beautiful photographs.

Doug was known for his love of his family, co-workers, his dry sense of humor, and his kindness and love for animals. He loved life.

Doug is survived by his mother, Sandra; sister, Linda Wuest of Mitchell; aunts, Ardell Schwilk of Lacey, WA and Edna Maruska of Iowa; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, George; grandparents, Ben and Martha Lauterbach, and George and Alice Wuest; along with many uncles and aunts.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Tuesday, November 23, 2021
11:00 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Mark & Retha Engle on November 26, 2021
So sorry for your loss. The life Doug lived was filled with enjoyment in the interest he had. Whether it was trains , camera & nature , reading about history ,etc. being a dependable employee with the State of S.Dak. or being a loving brother & son in his family. He will be sorely missed by many. Praying for you.
Posted by Jodi Nicholson on November 25, 2021
Linda, so sorry to read about Doug. Always enjoyed visiting with him at the Reader's Den.
Posted by Mary and Richard Goudy on November 22, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Take care.
Posted by Peggy Kowall on November 22, 2021
My sincere sympathy to your family.
Posted by Traci Thompson on November 22, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. Doug was not only a co-worker, but a very good friend. I will miss his smile and our political conversations. It won't be the same at Motor V without him!
Posted by Kathy Northrup on November 22, 2021
Sandra and family. So sorry to hear about the loss of Doug. Sending prayers.
Posted by Ken Winthers on November 21, 2021
A kind soul
Posted by Teresa Klose Vallejo on November 21, 2021
To the family of Doug Wuest: I was a classmate of Doug’s. I remember him as quiet, shy and kind. God speed Doug.
Posted by JoAnn Moeller on November 20, 2021
Sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers are with ypu
Posted by Lynn Eichman Metcalf on November 19, 2021
Mrs Wuest and family. So sorry about the loss of Doug. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
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