Douglas Harvey Hai, 73, of Brookings, passed away on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at the Avantara Arlington Care Center.
Private family memorial services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, at Eidsness Funeral Home in Brookings. The service will be live-streamed on the Eidsness Funeral Home Facebook page. The public is welcome to join the family for a graveside service including military rites at First Lutheran Cemetery in Brookings. The procession will be leaving Eidsness Funeral Home approximately 10:40 a.m. on Wednesday if you would like to follow along.
Douglas Harvey Hai was born on April 1, 1947, in Brookings, South Dakota, the son of Harvey and Veryl (Cook) Hai. Doug grew up in Brookings and attended school at Brookings School District. He was a graduate of Brookings High School in 1965. He attended South Dakota State College in Brookings for one year, when he then enlisted in the United States Navy. Doug served in the U.S. Navy for six years where he met the love of his life Linda Kay Wek while on leave. They united in marriage on Jan. 25, 1969, and were blessed with three children.
Doug was stationed out of Norfork, VA, and Honorably Discharged in 1970; when he returned to Brookings to work at Hai Garage with his father, Harvey Hai. Two months after Doug returned home, he re-enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve Seabees. After 28 years, he retired as Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8). Doug took over the family business in October 1978, and later expanded to Brookings Bearings & Service. After closing the shop, Doug went on to hold the position of manager of the Tire and Lube department at Wal-mart. Doug also worked at East Central Multi District, United Retirement Center, and Auto Body Specialties.
Doug was commander in the American Legion Post 74 and was a lifetime member of the VFW.
Doug enjoyed playing all sports and was part of several leagues for softball, bowling, and horseshoes. He also enjoyed golfing at local courses with friends and spending time with his coffee group. Doug enjoyed time with family and friends while camping, boating, and hunting.
Doug was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed attending The Well at the Community Life Center where he satisfied his sweet tooth with many tasty treats. He was an active member of the United Methodist Men group, attended Walk to Emmaus, and Lake Poinsett Methodist church camp.
Doug is survived by his wife, Linda Kay, of Aurora, SD; three children; Deborah (Korry) Melstad of Sioux Falls, SD, Darrin (Tammy) Hai and Darla Hai of Brookings, SD; grandchildren: Ryan, Carson, and Haiden Creel, Logan and Mackenzie Melstad; two brothers, Dwight (Marsha) Hai of Sioux Falls, SD, and Dean (Carol) Hai of Brookings, SD.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents and close friends who were like family.