David Witkowski

David H. Witkowski

1943 - 2023

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Obituary of David H. Witkowski


January 11, 1943 – March 3, 2023 


David “Yogi Bear” Witkowski passed away on March 3, 2023 at the age of 80 in his home state of Michigan.  His battle with serious medical issues in recent years showed his courage in facing life’s challenges with a smile and a joke.   


David was born to Hank and Hattie Witkowski, along with his siblings Robert, Thomas, Jeannie and Beverly.  After graduating from high school, he served in the Air Force and later started his career at Ford Motor Company, where he acquired the nickname “Safety Dave”. 


David was a loving and supportive father to his two children, David and Wendy.  His goal before he passed was to be able to meet his first grandchildren, twin girls Vivienne and Willow.  He was able to make that happen on a beautiful sunny day that all of us will remember. 


David enjoyed spending time with his family, watching Detroit sports, golfing, coaching and umpiring baseball, and bowling.  He famously bowled a 299 and still had the last pin as a souvenir.  He also spent a lot of his time volunteering at the Metro Parks.  It was during his time driving people back and forth to picnic sites that he really cemented his status as "Yogi Bear", as he was always hoping to get a snack from someone's picnic basket.  One of his favorite things in life was a good meal (as long as someone else made it)! “Microwave Dave” had one philosophy when it came to cooking: “Frozen ‘n Cans, No Pots ‘n Pans”.


During more recent years, David enjoyed spending time with his friends at Oakmont Livonia, where he frequently organized holiday celebrations and was often the life of the party.  He had many fond memories of his time there and felt thankful to have made so many new friends.  


David’s cheerful attitude and sense of humor will be greatly missed.  His memory will live on in his children, grandchildren, and all the people that had the pleasure of knowing him.


A memorial for close family and friends will be hosted by Beverly on June 17, 2023.


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