David Lee Dahlstrom, 90, Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away peacefully with his family at his side, April 21, 2019. He truly lived his life in the service and love of his Lord, Jesus Christ, and his family. A smile was ever present with him.
He was born Sept. 5, 1928, to Frank and Jennie (Duddles) Dahlstrom, in Reed City, Mich. He was raised and lived his life on the family farm in Reed City, next to the Old Rugged Cross memorial. The memorial is based on the hymn, which was written by Mr. Dahlstrom’s uncle (through marriage to his aunt, Hannah Dahlstrom), the Rev. George Bennard.
He cared for the Old Rugged Cross for many years, so believers could visit and enjoy it.
Mr. Dahlstrom was employed at Miller/Tubelite Industries in Reed City until he retired, also painting homes on the side, most of his life.
He loved the outdoors, making maple syrup in the family sugar bush, gardening, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Melva Shook; sons: Leslie and Randy (Karen) Dahlstrom; daughters, Ann (Gary) Lockhart and Amy (David) Smith, Mentone; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild also survive. Locally, two grandchildren: Zack (Kristina) Harding and Tonya (Clint) Burk, survive as well.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 57 years, Eva (Dean) Dahlstrom, his son, Gary Dahlstrom, and a great-grandson, Ashton Harding.
A funeral service was held at First Baptist Church, in Reed City, Mich., April 24.