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David Alan Mathews, age 65, of Grand Rapids, MI passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 10, 2020. He was born September 22, 1954, in Jacksonville, Florida to Giles and Joyce (Wichner) Mathews.

David graduated from St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph, MI class of 1973. He enjoyed different careers in the carpentry field but woodworking was his favorite and for many years he owned a small shop in Naples, Florida where he did custom cabinetry. He later returned to Michigan to be near family when dad’s health declined.

David is survived by his mother, Joyce Mathews; sister, Kelley (Stanley) Krzykwa; and
nephews, Matthew Carlee and Alexander Carlee.

He was preceded in death by his father, Giles; brother-in-law, William Carlee; and his beloved dog, Rip.

Per Dave’s wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Linda Tanner on September 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    What a nice picture of David. Dear Joyce and family: We have been praying for David and was hoping for an outcome of better health for him – I guess our prayers were answered because in Heaven, there are no health issues, only peace and happiness. Remember in your hearts all the good memories from his years. Our condolances to you., Ralph and Linda Tanner

  2. Donna Freebourn on September 14, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    I love that picture of him. I loved living next door to him and Rip here in Naples. Our dogs would run and play. David was such a great friend And neighbor. I know Rip was waiting for him so they could walk across Rainbow Bridge together. We talked a lot while we worked on getting Rip to Mi. Prayers to the family. Rest In Peace David.

  3. Dawn Chernicky on September 15, 2020 at 7:00 am

    I am glad I got to see David in Naples on one of my trips. We had a nice visit. He was a great buddy when we were little kids.

  4. Judy felland on September 15, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Joyce and Kelly,
    Do not know how to contact you But want to send my sincere sympathy. Hope you are well.
    Judy felland

  5. Cindy witkoske on May 28, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    I dated Dave in 1975. I’m so sorry to hear of this so young? What happened? Was he sick? Sincerely cindy Witkoske

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