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John Bruce David II, age 55, of Greenville, passed away at home on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from injuries received in an accidental fall.  The son of Sue (Reed) & John Bruce David I, he was born on May 15, 1962 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  A 1980 graduate of Central Montcalm High School, he attended Montcalm Community College and Grand Rapids Junior College, and was employed at Electrolux in Greenville for more than 26 years.

John enjoyed a good story and a great laugh.  He loved anything with speed – cars, motorcycles, bicycles and boats, many of which he raced.  He also enjoyed fitness, reading, playing pool, playing the harmonica and guitar, weightlifting and listening to music, especially albums on old school stereo equipment.  He liked to examine the finer points of a situation and was willing to discuss nearly anything with those around him.  He was a lover of dogs: he sailed and fished, was an avid Red Wings fan and an often disappointed Detroit Lions fan.  He liked to spend time outdoors with family and friends, often by the grill and usually near a lake.

He was preceded in death by his father, John David;  and his beloved grandmother, Irma (David) Hansen.  Surviving are his mother, Sue David, of Stanton;  a sister and brother-in-law, Jacki & Blake Miller of Detroit;  nephew, Blake (Naomi) Miller and family of Kentwood; nephew, Evan Miller and children of Haslett; and niece Kelli (Luis Pilar) Miller and family of Lansing;  and his beloved dog, Lila.  Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and many friends.  He was kind, witty and often willing to help out in most any situation.  He will be greatly missed by those who loved him. 

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.  Instead flowers, contributions in memory of John to either the Humane Society or the Mary Free Bed Foundation (for traumatic brain injury patients). To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign John's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Tammy Tow Bigler on June 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

    To Sue and Jackie, Bruce and I are both so sorry to hear of John’s, too soon passing. He was a fun person and will be missed. I’ll always remember you all moving to Court St. and the fun we had.

  2. Amy Shinabarger on June 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

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  4. Gail Behrns-Smith on June 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Great Guy-School since sixth grade and had fun working at Brownies Restaurant in Stanton in our early teenage years. Way too much fun back then. Enjoyed going to the race track and when he would come out with Lila and play with my shepard. Very good friend and neighbor. Sorry.

  5. Sherry Panks on June 25, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Sue and Jackie…..I am so sorry to hear about John. My heart goes out to you both….and to everyone else that loved him! Even though we didnt see each other often…john and i knew each other since we were young teens….and always had a close and peaceful friendship…and he also stayed in touch with my son Jared….had a beer with him now and then at the Reno Bar….and they would talk about “sound systems”….He totally got Jared hooked on the “old school tube systems”…..and me too for that matter….i still have an old 1962 tube receiver that he gave me for my birthday!!…..we are just so stunned and so sad to hear that he is gone!….he had such an incredible impact on our lives….and meant so very much to us….he helped us both in so many ways!….especially with his intellect…he made us “think” outside of the box….made us look “deeper”…..and inspired us to “pick up the stick”…and not just accept the “status quo”!!…he helped us with our homework!!…..helped Jared graduate from High School…and me Graduate from College!!…without his help I dont know if either of us could have done it!! He was an amazing person!….And I will miss knowing that he is around!….I cant even imagine how much you will miss him!!! My heart goes out to you!. I know how much he loved both of you!!…and his Sweet little Lila!!!….she was one of the pups from the first litter we had with our original Boston Terrier babies…we had both lost beloved dogs from the past and wanted to get another…and then decided to get Two!!…and to breed them and have puppies!!……it was Johns idea to get Bostons….he did his “research”!!!….as he always did!! :) and of all the dogs in the world…he decided they were the coolest breed….then we searched and searched for just the right ones!!….and we decided on our boy and John named him “Sir Mugsus Cranius Maximus” ….he came from Reed City…and then we found our girl…and he named her “Daisy Mae LaFluer”…. we had her flown in from Missouri! I will never forget how John acted while we were waiting for Mugs to show up at our meeting point….and then for Daisy to arrive at the airport….both times he acted just like an anxious father in the waiting room!!…waiting for his “baby” to arrive…and oh how he coddled them both…and how proud and protective he was of them!…he stayed up all night with them when they were babies….several times…he loved them both so very much!….and even though we parted….when they had their first litter….he of course got the first pick!….and he knew instantly that Lila was his girl!! And Lila’s mom and dad are still with me! So please!… If you ever want to bring her over for a family reunion….let me know! I would be so happy to see them together again!!….and to talk with you about your incredible/wonderful/one of a kind son & brother!! He touched just about everyone in my entire family in one way or another!! We all have such wonderful / fun/ loving memories of our times with him!!! We will NEVER forget him!…I hope it helps you to know that…and to know that he really will be missed…..and that he will never be forgotten. His memory will live on in our family forever! xxx

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