David W. Herzog

David W. Herzog

RAPID RIVER — David W. Herzog, age 59, of Rapid River, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020.

Dave was born on Jan. 20, 1961 in Fort Knox, Ky., the son of Frederick and Nancy (Kossow) Herzog. He moved to the Stonington Peninsula with his family and later graduated from Rapid River High School in 1978. He attended Bay College in Escanaba and was just one course short of his degree, as the college would not offer the final class he needed.

On June 16, 1978, Dave married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Lynn M. Leadman. Together the couple were blessed with four children, Pamela (Jason) Frossard of Escanaba, David (Shannah) Herzog of Gladstone, Casey Selvik of Waupaca, Wis., and Tricia (Greg) Rose of Clintonville, Wis.; and 13 grandchildren, Brett and Alexia Frossard, David, Blake, Maximus, and Coralee Herzog, Ovid Deace, Logan Deace, and Ethan Selvik, and Cassidy, Cadence, Gwendolyn, and Giselle Rose. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Joan Leadman of Escanaba. He will be missed by numerous family and friends.

Dave was an avid car enthusiast and had a particular interest in 1968 Cutlasses. He spent countless hours searching for parts and traveled across the country for his restoration projects. Dave also enjoyed riding his motorcycles. Much to his disappointment, ongoing health issues prevented him from continuing his hobbies. Dave also loved hunting, fishing, target practicing, and four-wheeling with his grandchildren. He was an avid fan of the Detroit Lions and an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment. Dave enjoyed gardening and bargain hunting alongside his mother and continued those activities after she passed.

More than anything else, Dave’s biggest love was for his family. He cared for his mother after his father passed and cherished the time they spent together. He took great pride in the family he and Lynn built together and would do anything for his children and grandchildren.

Dave’s grandkids knew that they could easily wrap Papa around their fingers.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Edward Leadman.

A celebration of life is planned for Saturday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Rapid River Lions Club. The family encourages a casual gathering of friends and family for a luncheon afterward until 4 p.m.

The Herzog family is being assisted by the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, go to ­www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.