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David C. Ertle, age 64, of Spencer Township, passed away early Monday morning, October 12, 2009 at his home following a sudden, unexpected heart attack.

The son of Virgil Maine & Katherine Viola (Wray) Ertle, he was born on Jan. 3, 1945 in Detroit.

A 1964 graduate of Kenowa Hills High School, David proudly served in the Michigan National Guard, had been an EMT with Buds Ambulance in Grand Rapids, and for several years was a a volunteer firefighter with the former Harvard Fire Department. On Aug. 29, 1973, in Grandville, he married Priscilla Mae Penny Patrick.

A licensed private pilot, Dave enjoyed flying, riding his motorcycle, and fishing. He retired as a printer from the Etheridge Printing Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Penny Ertle of Spencer Township; their daughter, Renee’ & Darrin Hammond; a granddaughter, Lauren Mae Hammond, all of Indianapolis, Indiana; two brothers, Wray & Linda Ertle of Hopkins, and Floyd & Janice Ertle of Grand Rapids; siblings-in-law, Pat & Doug Beckett of Gowen, and Kevin Patrick of Tupelo, Mississippi; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

The family invites relatives and friends to gather to celebrate Daves life on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 from 1-4 p.m. at the Spencer Township Hall. Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place.

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  1. Anonymous on October 12, 2009 at 12:00 am


    10/22/2009 –

    Bill and Vicki Brown

    Dave will be missed by all who were ever around hanger row 2 at the Greenville Airport. His hanger is only two down from ours and Dave was there often. He was a joy to talk with and always had a good story. Our condolences.

    10/14/2009 –

    Cheri & Denny Powell

    Dave’s Family, Although we have never met you, we knew Dave because of flying. Whenever we were at the hangar, he would always come by and say “Hello.” We will miss him and think of him whenever we go flying. We are very sorry for your loss and know that he brought smiles to our faces as he must have for you, too.

    10/13/2009 –

    The Pauluk Family

    Penny, Renee’, Darrin, and Lauren,
    We are so very sorry for your loss of a husband, father, and grandfather. May your fond memories of him live forever in your hearts. You are in our prayers for healing and comfort.
    Love, Kim, Dan, John Michael, and Alexa

    10/13/2009 –

    chris, carol, ryan, eric

    We have known dave since 1987, my husband worked with him. He thought of him as a mentor, father figure and best friend. My whole family has memories of going up to visit Penny and Dave. He will be missed.

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