David Shirley

Resided in Gladstene, MI
Died January 14, 2010

David Garth Shirley, age 74, of 13 Weston Avenue, Gladstone, passed away Tuesday morning December 14, 2010 at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
David was born August 31, 1936 in Otisville, Michigan the son of Vernon and Neva (Koon) Shirley. David served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from 1954 to 1960. David lived in various locations throughout Michigan before settling in Gladstone. Northwoods Knife Company in Gladstone was owned and operated by David.

David was a life member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association, Michigan Trap Shooting Association, National Rifle Association, Owasso Elks and the Perry Masonic Lodge #350 F&A.M.

In addition to his wife, Duk Cha Moon, survivors include:

2 sons: David Bradley (Marcia) Shirley of Casper, Wyoming and Timothy George (Annie) Shirley of Owosso, MI

2 grandsons and 1 granddaughter

Special dog: Heidi

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death his sister, Elizabeth Riley.

Visitation is scheduled for Sunday December 19, 2010 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services celebrating the life of David Shirley will follow at the Skradski Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin McIlhany officiating. Memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to the Salvation Army.

0 Tributes for “David Shirley

    He will be loved and missed by all. Sad to loose a great man.
    Kalamazoo, MI

    Our thoughts are with the family of Dave.

    Jim McCoy
    Flushing, MI

    Dave was married to my grandmother for many years and my sister and I would visit them often in the summertime and also during school breaks. He was always kind to me and would get us to smile by saying silly phrases like “I’ll hang ya by your toes.” After he and my grandma divorced, I lost contact with him. I am grateful that I was able to get in touch with him many years later while preparing for my wedding. Later, we were able to meet each other while I was pregnant with my daughter. It was a nice visit and we were able catch up. I cherish that little time we had. He was a gentle spirit who made me feel loved and I will never forget that. I will miss you grandpa. My thoughts and prayers are with all those he has impacted, especially the family.

    Barbara Hutchinson
    Spring Arbor, MI

    My association with Dave was business. I bought a lot of knives from him. The knives, like the man, were made of good stuff with a high quality finish. Rest in peace Dave!

    Don Franklin
    Santa Ana, CA

    David was with us for a short time this Fall, at Delta County Adult Education in Wells. He wanted to get his GED. His ill health unfortunately interrupted this goal. The last time I spoke to him he was hoping to make it back to classes. We are saddened to hear of his passing, and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

    Kim Harris and Staff at Delta County Adult Ed.
    Escanaba, MI

    I only met Dave once, back in 2007, while attending an event at Bark River Knife & Tool.
    He was a man one doesn’t easily forget, nor should he be.
    Rest in Peace, Dave.

    Russ Mikolajczyk
    Cowlesville (Buffalo), NY

    I am so very sorry Moon about the loss of David..I am in Montana visiting my son like we talked about and checked the daily press on line. I so enjoyed my visits with him and you..Heidi will miss him terribly..my deepest sympathy

    Mary Feathers RN OSF home care
    Escanaba, MI

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