David John Lawrence

SPALDING — David John Lawrence, 85, passed away to his eternal reward on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. Born in Powers, Dave grew up in LaBranche, Mich. He graduated from Powers – Spalding High School. Dave attended the University of Michigan where he lettered as a walk on for the Wolverine football team. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps until he was honorably discharged as an E-4 corporal.

Dave made his way back to the U.P. and lived on the “homestead” after marrying the love of his life, Bernice A. Mihalic, on Oct. 26, 1963. A humble, kind, honest and generous man, Dave had an infectious smile and was held in high esteem by all that met him. The love of the Lord and family were paramount to Dave.

He enjoyed golfing, traveling, hiking, reading and watching sporting events. He served on the North Central School Board, served as a trustee for Spalding Township, and was a member of the Timberman’s Association. Dave played golf with the same foursome, Jerry, Ron and Allen, for over 18 years, and he always enjoyed his time being an usher at the Diamond Back spring training games.

Self-employed, Dave owned and operated Lawrence Forest Products until his retirement in 1989. Dave and Bernie then spent 22 winters at their Green Valley home in Arizona. A daily communicant of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Dave played an active role in the ministries of the parish.

Dave is survived by his wife of nearly 56 years, Bernie, and their three children, Lynn (Greg) DuBois of Spalding, Lisa Lawrence of LaBranche and David (Amy) Lawrence of Hyde. He is further survived by grandchildren, Adam (Jessica) DuBois of Spalding, Alissa (Kevin) Callahan of Carney, Benjamin DuBois of Spalding, Jacob Lawrence and Emily Lawrence of Hyde and great-grandson, Timothy DuBois of Spalding, as well as siblings, Nancy (Bob) Robinette and Alice (Jim) Cory.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Dalliba and Anna (Schaut) Lawrence; brother, William (Corrine) Lawrence and grandson, Jacob DuBois.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 1 to 3:45 p.m. Central Time at St. John Neumann Church in Spalding. Military honors will take place at 3:45 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 4 p.m. with Rev. Emmett Norden and Rev. Jacek Wtyklo concelebrating.

A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. Dave will be put to rest at the Spalding Township Cemetery. The family asks that you consider a contribution to the Community Living Center at the VA where he received excellent care. A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting crawfordfuneralhomes.net.