Doug was born Dec. 8, 1941, in Coal City, Ind., the son of Howard and Maxine (Hauser) Inman.
He graduated from Coal City High School with the class of 1959, and continued his education at Indiana State Teachers College, receiving a master's degree in elementary education, later receiving a principal's certificate.
Doug began his teaching career at Clay City Elementary School in 1963 with 45 sixth-grade students. He left Clay City in 1969 and spent a year at Riley Elementary before being called back to become the first elementary principal at Clay City.
He coached basketball and assisted in track and cross country.
Students remember his smile and kind way as he cared about each student both educationally and personally.
He retired in 2001 after seeing many changes to education.
In 1966, he was employed for a summer with Max Pierce at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home before spending 17 summers with Liston Buell Construction.
Doug became interested in music as a fifth-grade student in Coal City schools. Revelations, a gospel quartet, was formed during the 1970s as a result of students and teachers at Clay City practicing during the lunch hour at school. He played violin, bass violin, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar with many music groups in the area. He joined the Terre Haute Sinfonietta, playing second violin for many years. His love for music became bluegrass playing with Country Thunder, Southern Faith, Salt Cured and Grandview Junction. Many evenings were spent playing music with his father, brother and many friends at the family home. Music continued to be an important part of his life.
In 2007, he decided to share his love of music with young people and started School of Strings, giving lessons to boys and girls on the violin, mandolin, guitar and bass guitar. Soon, his student base included many adults in the area. Doug loved every minute teaching these students and was pleased with their progress when three students formed 6 Mile, a local bluegrass group.
Doug had begun teaching his son to play the mandolin and Bayden and Will had taken their first violin lesson. His son and family were the light of his life. Vacation time spent with the grandchildren was special and they provided many wonderful memories.
He was a member of the Clay City Lions Club, volunteering for many organizations and activities within the community. Doug enjoyed traveling with his wife and friends.
Most important to Doug was his relationship with Jesus Christ. He was a member of Faith Southern Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. He played the violin at the worship service.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents.
Doug leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Sandra, son and daughter-in-law Todd and Marianne, Solsberry, Ind., grandchildren Brittnee James, Bayden Inman and Will Inman, great-granddaughter Lylah Nalley, all of Salsberry, brother Brand Inman and wife Sandra, Covington, La., sisters Janice Wallace, Florence, Ky., Judy Bullock and husband Tim, Terre Haute, and Tessie Cashman and husband John, Coal City, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City, at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 26, 2012, with Pastors David Clapp and Ray Deeter officiating. Burial will follow at Sink Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday, from 4-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Doug Inman Scholarship Fund, which will benefit Clay City High School students. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.