Douglas James Bernelis

Douglas James Bernelis, 28, of Bay City, our vibrant and rambunctious son, father, brother, and most loyal friend passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Douglas, known by many of his friends as “Dougie Fresh” and “Dougie” to his family was born in Bay City on September 16, 1988, the son of William and Colleen (Stuckey) Bernelis. Dougie enjoyed skateboarding, video games, and most of all, spending time with his friends. He was the life of the party and his presence alone would light up the entire room. Dougie will be deeply missed, but lovingly remembered by all the lives he touched. He leaves to cherish his memory, his beautiful daughter, Leah Bernelis; mother, Colleen Bernelis; father, Bill Bernelis; sister, Amber Bernelis; the love of his life and soulmate and Leah's mother, Crystal Swartz, along with his grandparents, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Dougie’s family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM until the time of his 1:00 PM Tribute Ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Cremation will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family, c/o Colleen Bernelis. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

The family requests those in attendance to please wear jeans to best honor Dougie's life.