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David R. Wenger, age of 77, of Grand Rapids, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at his home in the company of his wife of 51 years and his two sons. David was born on Feb. 17, 1941 to Evelyn and Ralph Wenger in St. Joseph.

He grew up in St. Joseph, graduated from Lake Michigan Catholic High School, earned a bachelor degree from Western Michigan University and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

After college David served honorably in the United States Army Reserve. David met the love of his life M. Colleen Brady and they were married Feb. 4th, 1967. David and Colleen had two sons while living in Dowagiac, David and John. He started his career at Overton Machine Works in Dowagiac, rising quickly to become vice president and general manager of the business.

In 1976, David moved to Grand Rapids to work for Werner Lahara /APV Baker where for nearly 30 years he traveled extensively across the United States and to six continents in support of the business. After retiring in 2005, David and Colleen split their time between their homes in Grand Rapids and Wildwood, FL. David was a member of St. Jude’s Parish in Grand Rapids and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church and the Knights of Columbus council #13300 in Wildwood, FL.

David was a loving husband, father and “Poppy” to his four grandchildren. His greatest joy was in his family for whom he always provided love, guidance, support, humor, and pride in their accomplishments. When not working he enjoyed golfing, boating, volunteering in politics, and traveling, but most of all he enjoyed his time with his family, extended family, and friends.

David is survived by his wife Colleen [Brady]; his son David (Julie) and his son John (Erin); his four grandchildren: Erik, Gordon, Abby, and Hannah. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Friesl, brother Terry Wenger (Marilynn); brothers-in-law Charles Brady, Jackson Brady (Sherri), Danny Brady (Tammy), Michael Brady; sisters-in-law, Jeanne Schaefer (Len), Margie Loumaugh (Jerry); and he was “Uncle Dave” to his 31 nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Evelyn Wenger of Lakeside, his father and mother-in-law John and Betty Brady of Cassopolis, his brothers-in-law Tony Friesl, Robert Brady, and sister-in-law Sheila Brady.

Services for David will be held at 11:00 am, on Saturday, May 26, at St. Jude Parish, 1120 Four Mile RD NE, Grand Rapids, with a visitation starting at 10:00 am.

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign David’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a memorial contribution to Mercy Health Kidney Transplant Center, St. Mary’s Campus, 310 Lafayette Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI 49508, or to the St. Jude Catholic Church Building Fund, 1120 Four Mile RD NE, Grand Rapids, MI 59525.

Arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Maggie DeShane on May 23, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Colleen and Family – how very sad my heart is to hear about Dave. Such a kind man he was and funny! May the memories you hold close help ease the pain. Heaven has received an angel and I know he will always be watching over you all. My prayers are with you. Hugs, Maggie DeShane

  2. Lorrie Aaron Reminga on May 26, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I am so Sorry for your loss, my heart just breaks for you All Colleen. Dave loved you all So much! I had the pleasure of hearing So many stories while doing Dave’s hair for over 31 years… He was so much more like family to me than merely a client and I will miss our visits greatly. Bob and I will continue to keep you close in Prayer. Time to start those walks together neighbor. Hugs snd love, Lorrie

  3. mike howard on June 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    sorry to hear about dave

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