Douglas Holstein of Blowing Rock, N.C., died Friday, October 26, 2018 after a brief illness at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care-Hudson.

Doug was born in Lansing, MI on September 25, 1943 to the late Mr. Herman D. and Evelyn Ridsdale Holstein; He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sally Tomlinson.

Doug is survived by his wife, Mary of the home; son, David and wife Tana of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Darcy Schmitt and husband Dave of DeWitt, MI; his granddaughter, Paige Schmitt of Charlotte, NC; his grandson, Nick Schmitt of Washington D.C.; his sister, Linda Torpey and husband Terry of Boulder, CO; three nieces; three nephews; and eight and one-half great nieces and nephews.

After retiring as President of Rogers American, in Charlotte, NC, Doug got serious about his avocation of nature photography. He photographed on all but one continent (Australia). Doug was on the board of Carolina Nature Photographers Association for several years and was also President for 6 years.

As a friend said, “Of all the reservations Doug made, the most important one was the one to spend eternity with his Lord ... he lived in the ready ever since he made that decision.” Doug was both a deacon and an elder in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and was a member of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock. Doug worked actively with the youth and served on many committees over the years.

Memorials may be made in Doug’s memory to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care or Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church Youth Mission Trip.

A service to Celebrate Doug’s life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday November 3, 2018 at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock.

Online condolences may be left at

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Holstein Family.

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