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A niece says thanks

How can I summarize 75 years into one column?

How can I write what I want to say and convey to you why a man like Doug Seneker made such an impact on so many?

I don’t think I can. My black and white words will not do justice to the colorful lifetime of memories made.

My memories of my Dunkle Bug (which is how I pronounced his name when I was little and it stuck) are entangled with that of my Grandpa Don, his identical twin brother.

Literally two identical peas in a pod.

Since my grandpa’s sudden death in 2002, I have taken comfort in the “identicalness” of the two.

While I know that my uncle was devastated by the loss of his brother, he worked very hard to be there for the family in a way only my grandpa’s twin could be.

Unspoken understanding is one of the most unique attributes of the Senekers. I never spoke these words to my uncle but I know he knew.


Dear Dunkle Bug,

There is peace in my heart today because I know you ran the race set out for you.

You got all the “goody” out of this life and were blessed with a wife, children and grandchildren who love you.

Your obituary is filled with your accomplishments and accolades.

What a fine man you were. A dandy.

Thank you for your “extra presence” after Grandpa died.

You were larger than life. Funnier than most. Intelligent. Interesting. Interested. Insightful.

I am a better person for knowing you.

With much love

and respect,


As seen in the Lawrence County Record.

Doug Seneker’s complete obituary can be found on The Record’s website:

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My name is Ginia Oehlschlager and I'm a small-town gal from Missouri. Join me as I document my crazy life on the farm with my husband and four kids. I'm always looking for frugal, simple ways to live the life God set before me. Where faith, family and fun come together on the farm.

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