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David Francis Way
October 9, 1939 ~ October 17, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
David Francis Way of Blackman Township departed this life and met his Lord and Savior on October 17 at the age of 84. David was the son of Paul and Marion Way. He grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn High School in the class of 1958. David is survived by his twin brother Dan and sister Lenore Stoddard. Siblings Paula Miller, Lewis, Diane Wetzel and Jim preceded him in death. Dave leaves Pat, his wife of 55 years, daughters Cindy Brundridge, Jodi (Tom) Wendel and Jeni Bowersox, and step-children Bill (Kim) Wandrack and Wendy (Steve) Weber. He also had seven grandchildren, nine great-grand-children, and five great-greats, as well as several nieces and nephews.
After high school, Dave and his twin brother Dan enlisted together in the US Air Force. After four years in the Air Force, Dave returned to the Jackson area and worked in various sales positions, including Brooklyn Products, Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Sears, and three local car dealerships. Then in 1979 he went to work at the Airport Road Meijer, retiring from there after 23 years. Following “retirement” he became a substitute bus driver for Northwest Schools, which he really enjoyed.
Dave’s passion was golf and he spent much of his free time playing locally and traveling to play at more distant courses, as well as working as a ranger at the Grande and Sharp Park. He also enjoyed playing cards-poker and euchre- especially when there was a little money involved to make it more interesting. And Dave’s favorite colors were Maize and Blue!
David’s Christian faith was very important to him and Jackson Free Methodist Church was his church home, where he particularly loved being part of the Band of Brothers mens’ Bible study and fellowship.
A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at Jackson Free Methodist Church, 2829 Park Road in Vandercook Lake on Monday, October 23rd, at 1:00 with Pastors Jason Engle and Mark Murphy officiating. Visitation one hour before the service
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the truly special caregivers from Henry Ford Allegiance Hospice for their care of Dave and support for Pat during his final illness.