Died January 30, 2023
David Walter Drouse, a loving son, brother and uncle, was taken from us January 30, 2023.
David was born on January 28, 1955, to Shirley (Dow) Drouse and Walter Drouse at Standish Hospital, Michigan. He grew up in Clio, MI, graduating in 1973. David helped a local farmer after graduating and attended Mid-Michigan Community College and Mott Community College.
David joined the Navy in 1976 and served sea duty on the USS Shenandoah until October of 1980. He sailed the Indian Ocean twice and the Mediterranean Sea. With an honorable discharge, David enrolled in the Naval Reserves and was honorably discharged from the reserves on September 9, 1982. He received a sea duty deployment ribbon and first good conduct award from the Navy.
He worked as a security guard at Outdoor Adventures and many other jobs. He loved to hunt and fish and meet new people. David traveled over 40 states and countless countries, including Rome, Italy and Africa.
One of David’s passions was to meet new people all over the world. He kept on the move, going from Nashville, TN to North Dakota, San Diego, San Francisco, Phoenix, AZ and then his last trip to New Mexico where he had complications from a major stroke. David was an active believer in the Lord, going to the Methodist church in Pinconning when in Michigan; wherever he would journey to, he was in church on a Sunday.
David is survived by his mother, and his three sisters: Pamela & Robert Kalmar, Clio; Constance Drouse, Bay City, MI; and Cynthia Drouse & Mike O’Shea, Bay City; his many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, one aunt, one uncle, many cousins, and friends.
Often, David’s sisters and mom would get asked about him from people he had met throughout his journey in life or would mention how they knew David.
David loved adventure and meeting new people.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 25 at Pinconning United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. with Pastor Cheryl Mancier presiding. Inurnment at Great Lakes National Cemetery will take place at a later date. Friends and family may visit the Church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.