David John Lawrence

Resided in Kingsford, Michigan
Died October 3rd, 2019

David John Lawrence, 85, passed away to his eternal reward on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center.  Born in Powers, Dave grew up in LaBranche, MI.  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 October 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, October 10th from 1 –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 Twp. Cemetery.  The family asks that you consider a contribution to the Community Living Center at the VA where he received excellent care.

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8 Tributes to “David John Lawrence”

  1. Mrs. Lawrence & Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Dave. I remember him so well when I was a young girl and attending church at St. Michael’s in Perronville. Dave was such a great man; always laughing and so involved in the church and community. I could always tell that he loved you and his children so much and were so proud of all of you. Please know I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Janine (Adydan) Murray
    Sault Ste. Marie, MI

  2. Bernie & family–I am so saddened by the news & especially sad Because I cannot be there with all the fellow mourners! I have another Funeral to attend in WI[will explain all that in a card–lynn & greg, I had written you folks a separate card , only to find I didnt have your address-Now I have the address so that card will be in Tues Mail! You are all in my prayers–lots of great memories from way back in our younger lives, Bernie-But didnt see much of each other these last years! Love & prayers for Gods blessings and HE will grant you peace! love, gail & family

  3. Aunt Bernice, Lisa, Lynn, David, and Families, I’m so sorry to hear of Uncle Dave’s passing. What a wonderful person he was. I have so many fond memories of times in LaBranche. He sure was good us growing up! I won’t forget his big laugh and beautiful smile.
    Much love and peace to you all.
    Stephanie and Family

  4. Bernie and Family,
    It was a pleasure getting to know Dave over these last years. He was a good man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!
    John Moffat

  5. Bernie and family,
    So sorry for the sadness you must experience with your loss. I have many cherished memories of good times with my best pal Alice, and her big brother Dave. May you too find comfort in your remembrance of the good times shared. Love to you all.
    Dorothy Hansen Turrell

  6. Bernice and family,
    With sadness and sympathy to you all. Such a wonderful man and so happy we were able to get together thru golf as Dave was always my partner in our many wars against Al and Ron, both at the Highland and Bluff. Who could ever forget our annual meetings at the “Ranch” in LaBranche and the feast that followed.
    So happy to be able to visit and have lunch with you and Dave in Kingsford in June. So many good memories.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. My deepest condolences to you and your family. He was a wonderful person ❤️. I remember him and Lisa picking me up at my house to go out to eat at the Wildwood Restaurant. I can see him smiling as he drove his truck home. I had the pleasure of spending the night too.
    Sorry I can’t make it to the service but you are all in my prayers 🙏 .

  8. Lynn and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. My parents always spoke very highly of both your mom and dad, “…the Lawrences are such nice people…always smiling…always have kind words to share with others…”

    Although I will not be able to join you in celebrating your dad’s life, know that I will be thinking of you and your family. I am sending all of my warm thoughts and quiet prayers your way.

    Debbie (Stevenson) Miller
    Waupaca, WI

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