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Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI

OBITUARY

David Fredrick Hirth

February 26, 1943January 11, 2020

David Fredrick Hirth, 76 years old, passed away suddenly surrounded by family, Saturday January 11th. David was born in Ann Arbor on February 26, 1943, son of Fred S. Hirth and Huldah (Huber) Hirth. A lifelong resident of Ann Arbor, David attended Ann Arbor High School and then The University of Michigan for both bachelors and masters degrees. While in college he met his wife of 54 years Barbara (Boyer). After graduation, he began a teaching career from 1966 to 1976. In 1976, he and his partner and lifelong friend Doug Horning bought Stein & Goetz Sporting Goods which ultimately became The M Den, where he worked until his recent health challenges.

While teaching, and later in his business career, he touched many lives as a coach. He coached numerous baseball, softball, hockey and football teams and he cherished the many long term friendships that he formed through coaching. David enjoyed golf (and playing a variety of other sports), Up North (their home away from home in Glen Arbor), and serving his community at Travis Pointe. But the two loves of his life were his church and his family. As a lifelong member of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, he dedicated his life to Christ and the growth of the church. Family was everything to Dave and Barb through raising their three kids, Scott (Rennae), Mark (Lisa) and Julie (Dave) and the true joys of his life, his seven grandkids, Taylor, Hunter, Ansley, Bradley, Jake, Cayden, and Ashton. No better husband, father or grandfather could anyone ever ask for!

David is preceded in death by his mother and father and his mother and father in laws, Frank and Virginia Boyer. David is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren and his sister Carol (Tom) Hanselman, and his brother in laws William (Kris) Boyer, and John (Mary Jean Raab) Boyer.

Visitation, Service and Burial will be held at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7474 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor, MI. Visitation 4:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday January 15th and 10:00 – 11:00 AM Thursday January 16th. Service and Burial Thursday January 16th 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Burial Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Liz Bauman

January 18, 2020

His love for his grandsons was so evident when he would pick them up from their classrooms at Dicken Elementary at the end of the school day. I know he will be missed by many. Sorry for your loss.

Barbara Hooberman

January 18, 2020

To the Hirth family,
Sending you my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss our brief interchanges at the Farmers market and Kerrytown.
Barbara Hooberman

Bill Price

January 17, 2020

I met David as a member of a group of volunteers at the LPGA golf tournament at Travis Pointe CC whose charge was to hand rake the bunkers each morning prior to tee times. I also worked with him for a summer as a starter at TP. During this brief period of time I felt honored to have met David and to have had the opportunity to spend time discussing our life experiences. David was a kind person who possessed a positive outlook on life and unselfishly shared this strength during our interactions. He will be missed!
My sincerest condolences to his family.

Terry Hurst, Ed.D.

January 16, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the Hirth family.
Dave was one of my favorite teachers, track coaches and football coaches (Tappan and Pioneer). He taught me leadership skills, motivation and compassion. With his positive attitude and smile, he was one of the people who inspired me to become a teacher. Part of my dissertation dedication was for him.
We are all better people for having him in our lives. He will be missed.

Stan Bidlack

January 16, 2020

They broke the mold when they made Dave. What a great guy and a wonderful teacher.

Chris Binder

January 15, 2020

Coach Hirth was a positive influence on me as a football player and person. He had a calm way of getting the best out of me. I really enjoyed playing for him. I have lived away from Ann Arbor for many years but every time I came back he always made me feel like he was glad to see me. He was a great man, he will be missed.

Tom Meddaugh

January 14, 2020

So sad to hear of Dave’s passing. Worked many times for Dave providing communication lines at Michigan Stadium and at the store. Always had that great smile on when our paths crossed. Just simply one of the great guys that you meet in a lifetime. My condolences to the family.

Karen Holdeman

January 14, 2020

When I was young and attended family reunions, Dave & Barb were the cool couple with big smiles, warm hugs, and cute kids! We all enjoyed good laughs, monitoring euchre tournaments and eating white cake with hazelnut frosting. :)
What a joy it was to meet grown-up Julie recently at Saige & Adam's wedding, and catch up with missed relatives. Barb & family, how grateful I am that our family is a forever family, and we will be able to celebrate reunions again together with Jesus in heaven! I am confident Dad was bursting through the gates to welcome Dave! :)
Please know that you are all close in our thoughts and prayers as we ask God to comfort and strengthen you with His Grace and Hope! May our Good Shepherd hold you close and carry you through these difficult days. Sending much love, Karen Jedele-Holdeman

Sharon Naebeck

January 13, 2020

My deepest prayers and sympathy for your family.

Larry and Robyn Robison

January 13, 2020

Barb and family-
Dave was very dedicated to our church and his family, he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

FROM THE FAMILY