|(Monday - October 19, 2020) -
David H. Lemke, age 79, of Kingsford, passed away on October 12, at
Evergreen Assisted Living in Kingsford.
Dave was born September
15, 1941 in Antigo, Wisconsin to the late Herbert and Helen (Kussow)
Lemke, grew up in Wisconsin and Lower Michigan, and graduated from
Williamston High School in Williamston, Michingan in 1959. Dave entered
the Michigan State Police force in 1967 and after spending 18 months at
the Bridgeport post near Saginaw, transferred in 1969 to the Michigan
State Police post in Iron Mountain, a decision he never regretted. After
25 years of service, Dave retired from the force in 1992. He then worked
for MJ Electric in the safety division and most recently drove an
armored vehicle for local banking establishments.
Catherine (Norton) Lemke on May 12, 1962 in Gladwin, Michigan. Dave and
Cathy raised their family in Iron Mountain and moved to Kingsford in
1997. Cathy preceded him in death on September 18, 2019, after 57 years
Dave was born into the Wisconsin Evangelical
Lutheran Synod and baptized into the faith on October 12, 1941, 79 years
to the day that he left this world to join his Lord. He was a member of
the Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain.
adventure, his family and friends, and serving others. He was an avid
motorcyclist and for many years toured alongside friends or on his own
to various destinations with the National State Parks of Bryce and Zion
being some of his favorites. While serving with the Michigan State
Police, he was selected to go to Australia for a Rotary group exchange
program. Trooper Dave, as he was known to many, served for 12 years as
the MSP Community Service Officer and taught CPR to area residents
through the Red Cross and Community Schools for over 15 years. He loved
a good cup of coffee or a great steak out with his many friends, and
lending anyone a hand with a project. Despite the many health challenges
thrown at him over the past couple of years, he remained upbeat and
optimistic to the very end.
Dave will be lovingly remembered by
his children Sally Lemke of Oak Park, Illinois and Jeffrey (Patty) Lemke
of Cary, Illinois; his five grandchildren Adam Lemke-Bell, Charlie
Lemke-Bell, Mitchell Lemke, Lucy Lemke, and Gavin Lemke; his sisters
Myrna Hollander and Ruth (Keith) Krueger; his brother Kenneth (Carol)
Lemke; several nieces and nephews; and many very special friends.
Services will take place at a later date, when coming together in
the way that best honors Dave's life can be done safely, and will be
announced. In the meantime, condolences to the family of Dave Lemke may
be expressed online at:
The family has entrusted the
Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.