OBITUARY

David Charles Ferguson

September 21, 1959April 7, 2021

It’s with heavy hearts that the family and friends of David Charles Ferguson announce that Dave shot for the eight ball to beat cancer but unfortunately on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 the ball did not drop his way. As he would say, “a swing and a miss.”

Dave was born in Lansing, MI to Charles and Norma (Decker) Ferguson. He was the youngest of their four children when he joined Constance, Richard, and Kathryn on September 21, 1959. He lived all of his 61 years in DeWitt, enjoying the closeness with his family and many friends, including many from his class of 1979. Dave also enjoyed his summers up on Lake Missaukee where he won the hearts of more friends who became known as his lake family.

Dave’s most joyous and proud moment was the birth of his son David Michael June 25, 1988. His saddest moments came when David was tragically taken from him on May 18, 2015. One of Dave’s happiest moments was when he married Rose (Pryor-Perla) on August 24, 2002 during the Ox Roast evening festivities, ending with the fireworks, and where he accepted her children, Jessica (Perla) Dominguez and Jonathan Perla as family. Jessica added three beautiful grandchildren to the family and Dave was proud to call Isabella, JJ, and Amelia Dominguez his own.

Dave has gone before us to be with our loving Lord Jesus Christ and has reunited with his son, David Michael, mother, Norma, brother, Rick, grandparents, Roy and Irene Decker, Glen and Esther Ferguson, and brother-in-law, Jim Howland. Among the many friends and family left to cherish Dave’s memory are his wife, Rosey; his father, Charles; sisters, Connie (Mike) Botke, Kathy Ferguson; daughter, Jessica; son, Jon; granddaughters, Isabella and Amelia; grandson, JJ; and special friends he called brothers, Jeff Blankenship and Roger Schlick.

Although he was unable to complete all the adventures of his dreams, Dave was blessed with many, and many more memories. He was a true MSU Spartan fan loving the green and white, owning a 6 foot carved replica of Sparty for his Spartan themed family room. Dave worked and played hard. His career involved many opportunities that included working at the Heatherwood Dairy Farm in Lansing until the plant closed. His true calling was when he became an electrician and found his talent. He mentored and lead others in the trade and gained respect from customers and inspectors.

Dave made new friends, watched over the neighborhood, was the tool man, the go to guy, the bonfire guy. These were among his happy moments. He loved playing Billiards at home and at social gatherings. He spent many hours trying to improve his shot, his game. He and several friends were part of a Billiard team for many years. He enjoyed playing cards, playing and watching golf, and playing the corn hole board game. He loved to teach others to play. His specialty was building large bonfires. It was his way of calling friends and family together. A favorite line of Dave’s was “If I build it, they will come.”

Dave’s adventures included many summers camping and river trips, before he finally settled for spending time at his favorite place, their cottage on Lake Missaukee -his piece of heaven. He liked watching the sunrises, the sunsets, the moon over the lake, the eagles flying by, the too many to count pontoons and jet ski rides. Sharing these experiences with Rosey, family, and friends made these his favorite times.

Words cannot describe the legacy Dave leaves. The good times he shared at home, at the cottage, St. Patty’s Day weekends at the Clare Doherty Hotel, camping at Sleepy Hollow for Icabod Crane Days, enjoying the big boats at the GR boat show, hosting parties for New Year’s Eve and Super Bowls, inviting people to watch the Ox Roast parade from his driveway, hosting a warming station for the Christmas Market Light parade participants, visiting the kids on Christmas Eve wearing the Santa suit handed down from his father… just a few of his ways of sharing with family and the community. Dave was also a hero in the eyes of strangers who may not even remember his name. Rescuing stranded boaters on the lake, to hitting the snowy roads with a tow strap to help those stuck, or any stranded motorists on the road just came easy to him.

He will always be remembered for his smile, his laughter, his kind heart, his sense of humor, and let’s not forget the cold Budweiser’s and hot bonfires. He leaves many, young and old, who will carry his spirit and laughter in their hearts forever.

We love you more!

  • DONATIONS

  • Northpointe Community Church
  • Benevolence Fund/ Northpointe Community Church
  • Camp Scholarship Fund/ Northpointe Community Church

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Memories

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Bobbie Snow

April 12, 2021

Rosey, Jess & family, I'm so sorry for your loss. It's so very hard to lose someone you love. Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers. I hope that you find some comfort in knowing that he has now found peace.
With love,

Kristine Blizzard Empey

April 11, 2021

Watching old home movies, there is Dave at my 4 or 5 year birthday party in a dress shirt and bow tie! Bless you Norma. He was so cute, how could I not fall in love? And so, we were “married” a few years later at the school carnival. We would always greet each other as “my first husband” and “my first wife”. That puppy love became a friendship over our school years. We were both lifers, going to DeWitt schools from kindergarten (in the same class) to graduation. Dave did a better job though; I moved away to the big towns of Lansing, East Lansing and Bath! However, like Dave, I will always be a DeWidiot FROM DeWitt. It warmed my heart to know Dave and his family were living in his grandparents house. They had the best Easter egg hunts! Of course Dave was inclusive and friendly to all. I don’t think he ever met a stranger. I learned recently that his family has a cottage on Lake Missaukee and are well loved there also. What a small world! My husband Dave’s family has one too and I had looked forward to reconnecting after I retire. God had other plans. I’ll think of him when I see the eagles. My heart aches for all of you, Rosey, Chuck, Connie, Kathy, Jessica, Jon and all. It’s so hard to lose someone. It’s even harder when they’re so young. I’m glad he got to live some of his dreams. He fulfilled many other’s dreams. His life had sorrow and joy but he faced it with grace. This picture...is fantastic! I immediately smiled. The joy just shows on his face! May that joy and memories of his wonderful life be a blessing in the days to come. I know he will be missed, here on Earth but I like to think him and Norma, Rick, his grandparents all together. Jean and Cindy will be at that bonfire, along with many, many others.

Lenny Mueller

April 11, 2021

Rosey, so so sorry on the passing of Dave. Words do not feel the void. You and the family are in my prayers. Hugs and kisses cuz.
Again so sorry.

Carol Fink

April 11, 2021

An ever smiling and friendly neighbor on Birchaven Beach. I’ll always remember how he passed out the bags and candles to light up the beach in his son’s memory each year. It was a beautiful sight. You are in my prayers

Coughlin Bernita

April 11, 2021

So sorry Rosie and family. Dave was always so nice and had helped my family before

JP Flood

April 11, 2021

May life recognize no greater and loving soul... Glad we had a chance to cross paths. Peace, my friend.

Laura Rakowski-Cole

April 10, 2021

When I moved to the neighborhood in 2019 during the ox roast festival, Dave was the first person to come up to me and welcome me to the neighborhood. First he made the humorous comment about my being nuts moving into Dewitt during the festival! He made me feel welcome and soon introduced me to other neighbors including his wife Rosey. Dave and Rosey have always extended their friendship to my family which has been much appreciated. It is because of Dave’s initial greeting that I felt at home after moving from a town I had lived in most of my adult life. Always quick with a joke and sincere kindness, I wish I had had more of an opportunity to spend time getting to know Dave even better. Even though many of us had to stay confined in our homes over the past year Dave was always quick to wave across the street and extend an invitation to come sit around a bonfire. The smell of the fire wafting through the air has been so comforting this past year and Dave and Rosey navigated through their arising challenges with a strong love and devotion that can be described as beautiful. Godspeed to Dave and may God‘s grace envelope the family so that they may find peace and happiness basking in the wonderful memories they have of their beloved husband, Father and friend. I am so glad I had the opportunity to call Dave a friend. I’m sure if we look to the skies we’ll see the glow of a bonfire up in the heavens.

Jo Marlow

April 10, 2021

I only met him a couple of times he was always kind to everyone that was around him. I know his family will miss him dearly.

David Donner

April 10, 2021

So sorry to here about the passing of Dave. I will always remember that big smile and the times we shared around the fires on lake Missaukee. He was truly a kind and generous man.

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