Douglas J. Wenrich, 58, Warwick football QB, Lancaster New Era journalist, music and car enthusiast

By on November 21, 2017

Douglas J. Wenrich, 58, died at his Manheim Township home on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

He was born in Lancaster to the late Jay H. and May (Mazie) A. Wenrich. He was preceded in death by his older brother: Michael J. Wenrich.

Doug was a 1977 graduate of Warwick High School. He was an accomplished athlete who played many sports, but was especially fond of and skilled at basketball and football.

He was the quarterback for the Warwick High School football team. A talented writer and avid reader, Doug began his college career at Penn State University before transferring to Millersville University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in English. Prior to working as a salesman at Hondru Auto Group, he was a journalist for the Lancaster New Era.

Passionate about music, Doug could and often did spend hours discussing lyrics, slight changes in different recordings, or how using different guitars transformed a song. Doug’s taste in music ranged from punk to glam rock to folk, and he especially loved the Ramones, David Bowie, Motörhead, Johnny Thunders, Social Distortion, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Iggy and the Stooges, the New York Dolls, the Sex Pistols, the Velvet Underground and Nirvana. Doug was also a car enthusiast and was particularly fond of the BMW 2002 Tii in inca orange; he owned several of this make and model throughout his life.

Doug had fond memories of visiting his grandparents in Robesonia, and spending time at his family’s cabin in Lycoming County, which he often reminisced about. Later in life he enjoyed going to breakfast with his daughter every Sunday and caring for his cat, Penny.

Doug was exceptionally intelligent, had a sharp wit and was rarely outsmarted in arguments. While he wore red Converse, ripped jeans, band t-shirts and leather jackets, lived by his own rules and was rough around the edges, Doug was also relentlessly supportive, encouraging and loving, went out of his way to uplift those he cared about and was kind to everyone he met. He always offered a shoulder to lean on and a hand to hold in trying times, and was equally as excited about his loved one’s achievements as they were. Doug is remembered fondly by all those who knew him as someone who loved his friends and family deeply.

Doug is survived by his daughter: Ivy Elizabeth Wenrich of Philadelphia; brother, Craig D. Wenrich, husband of Carla of New Rochelle, N.Y.; a beloved friend: Meghan Nephin, mother of Ivy, of Pocono Lake; two stepsisters: Katie Wenrich and Tancy Wenrich, both of Lancaster; a stepmother: Frances Wenrich (Kiefer) of Lancaster; and countless other loved ones.

In lieu of flowers, take a friend out to eat, make a friendly phone call to someone you know, or go see live music.

Private graveside services will be held at Salem Lutheran Church of Kissel Hill Cemetery.

To place a condolence online, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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  1. Michael K.Houshower

    February 3, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Doug was my best friend in high school. I thought about him a lot over the years. Always wished i would run into him somewhere. His parents were always so sweet to me. His father was really cool and i loved that they accepted me as Doug’s Friend, I am really upset to see this today as i was not aware that Doug is gone. I just wanted a chance ever since high school to talk to him and see him again. Now i will never have that chance and it hurts me. Doug you can hear me i want to say i love you and have always missed you and i am so upset about the way our friendship ended up.Send my condolences to Dougs family .Was a time when we were young and life was so different then so as we all grow older it is just amazing how fast life flies by and before you know it we are old and into as they say the twilight years and it is sad how fast life goes. Craig if you see this sometime please send me a email at houshower1977 lost my brothers Grant and Del and every day i think of them now Doug will be on my mind and heart too. i like to hear from you Craig you are a funny guy. Remember your father he was so cool to me and i loved that he excepted me as Doug;s friend in school. He was cool and your mother was sweet also. Miss you always Doug till maybe i see you on the other side i would love that so much it would fill my heart with happiness. Michael Houshower. As tears go by.

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