MARQUETTE, MI. – David Gutzman, age 72, of Marquette, entered eternal life on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Norlite Nursing Center in the loving care of his family.
David was born in Marquette on April 20, 1941, a son of Carl and Mildred (LaJeunesse) Gutzman. He was a graduate of the Graveraet High School class of 1959 and on February 6, 1960 he married the former Caroline Skoog. Following graduation from high school he went to work for the Marquette County Road Commission as a truck driver for 36 years until his retirement in 1996. David was a member of St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey. In his spare time he loved taking rides in the woods, deer hunting, coffee clutching with friends and enjoyed an occasional trip around Presque Isle while eating ice cream. His family was his greatest joy and he never missed an opportunity in watching his grandchildren compete in sporting events.
David will be deeply missed by his family and many beloved friends.
Survivors include his loving wife Caroline of 53 years; three daughters, Cindy Bal, Sandy (Jon) Stack and Kathy Burns all of Marquette; seven grandchildren, Josh (Chelsee) Bal of Marquette, Jake (fiancee’ Colleen Peterson) Bal of Maryland, Joe (Becky) Bal of Negaunee, Taylor and Alex Stack of Marquette, Brianne (Fiancee’ Dave Zieniewicz) Gustafson of Marquette and Jamie Burns of Marquette; three great-grand children, Easton and Emma Bal and Dawson Zieniewicz all of Marquette; several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in law.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Doug and Dan and son-in-law, Nick Bal.
Friends may call at St. Louis the King Catholic Church, Harvey on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. A mass of christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 1:00pm in the Church with Rev. Ben Paris officiating. Burial will be in the Park Cemetery with David’s grandchildren serving as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family. The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be left online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com