ESCANABA - David D. Watchorn, 65, of 4044 13.75 Road, Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital. He was born on Sept. 9, 1948, in Escanaba and was the son of Dale and Lillian (Steede) Watchorn. David was raised in Isabella, attended school in Garden, and was a member of the Garden High School graduating Class of 1966.
On Jan. 28, 1967, David married the former Betty S. Herbst at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hyde.
David began his employment career at Harnischfeger Corporation as a forklift operator and also served as a union steward, he remained there until the closure of the company. He then worked for Woolworth's in the sporting goods department. David then was employed by EMP for several years until an injury no longer allowed him to work. At that time he decided to continue his education and enrolled at Bay College where he received an associates degree in business administration.
David D. Watchorn
In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap and skeet shooting, oil painting, and woodworking. David was a founding member of the P&H Rod and Gun Club. He also was blessed with the gift of music and played in several local bands including; "Prophets of Doom," "Big Blue" and "All in the Family."
He is survived by: wife, Betty of Escanaba; children, Scott (Patti) Watchorn of Levering, Mich., Renee (Joel) Mosier of Bark River, Albert (Brenda) Watchorn of Ford River; grandchildren, Chad (Jen) Watchorn, Megan and Katherine Watchorn, Matthew, T.J., and Rebecca Wagner, Autumn and Austin Watchorn; brothers, Gary (Rena) Watchorn of Manistique, Randy (Cindy) Watchorn of Cooks; sisters, Brenda (Allen) Sillet of Gladstone and Crystal (Eddy) Friedline of Monroe, Mich.; aunts, Audrey Landis of Isabella, Trudy (Karen) Steede of Tucson, Ariz., Marion (Fred) Norlin of Goulais River, Ont.; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded death by his parents, Dale and Lillian, and special cousin and band member Mike Steede.
A visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of David D. Watchorn will follow at 4 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor William Rafuse of the Rapid River Congregational Church officiating.
At the conclusion of the funeral service, a meal will be served at the Salvation Army. Burial will take place in the New Garden Cemetery. Those wishing to offer a memorial in David's honor are kindly asked to direct their gift to the family. Expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be directed to the Watchorn family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.