David Andersen

David Andersen

Monday, January 5th, 1948 Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

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Obituary for David E. Andersen

Iron Mountain- David E. Andersen, 72, of Iron Mountain, Mich., passed away February 11, 2020, at his home.

He was born January 5, 1948, in Livonia, Mich., son of the late George and Jesse (Grossett) Andersen. David grew up in Livonia and graduated high school there. He went on to receive his master’s degree in Forestry from Michigan Technological University. David served in the United States Navy from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1972. He married Diana Krueger and they were married for 27 years. She resides in Punta Gorda, Florida. David then married Annette DeClark on July 14, 2001 in Manistique, Mich.

David worked for the Timberman’s Association and owned and operated Northwoods Group in Rapid River, Mich. for many years. In the early 90’s he along with Annette moved to Manistique where he worked as the Michigan State University County Extension Director for Schoolcraft County, for 17 years, retiring in 2013. At this time, they wintered in Vero Beach, Florida until 2013 when they moved to Iron Mountain.

Over the years David enjoyed sailing the Great Lakes, playing cribbage at the Iron Mountain Senior Center, woodworking, woodcarving, and was an active member of the Wood B Carvers Club. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

Survivors include his loving wife, Annette; two sons, David (Jamie) Andersen, Davenport, Iowa and James Wenzel, Norway, Mich.; one daughter, Lara (Timothy) Worden, Newton, North Carolina; five grandchildren, Michael, Aidan, Jackson, Jessica (Alex), and Lilah; two great-grandchildren, Parker and Bronson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by one brother, Craig Andersen.

Visitation will be held Friday, February 14, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50, Iron Mountain, will accord military honors Friday, 11:30 a.m., at the Jacobs Funeral Home.

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    Friday, February 14th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:30am
    Jacobs Funeral Home- Iron Mountain
    1025 Carpenter Avenue
    Iron Mountain, Michigan
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    Friday, February 14th, 2020
    10:00am - 11:30am
The Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50, Iron Mountain, will accord military honors Friday, 11:30 a.m., at the Jacobs Funeral Home.

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James Lucas

My regards to Annette on the passing of Dave. I was honored to work with him during his time in the UP with MSUE. He was a good man.
Jim Lucas
Comment | Posted at 08:52am via Condolence

Mark Hansen

Annette & Family,
As the former MSU Extension Firewise Coordinator and former Program Leader, I had a the fortunate opportunity to work with Dave on wildfire and other programs. I enjoyed our frequent visits by phone, and fondly recall one visit in particular that I made to Manistique where Dave and I toured the county to see and hear about the Firewise activities he was involved with. Dave was not only a very dedicated person to his various roles with MSUE, but a lot of fun to be around. Please accept my deepest sympathy in his passing.

Mark F. Hansen, PhD (Ret.)
Extension Specialist Emeritus
Comment | Posted at 09:40am via Condolence


Comment | Posted at 09:48am via Condolence

Kurt H. Schindler

An honor to work with Dave at MSU Extension. His knowledge and even keel were valuable. Enjoyed the week trips to the Upper Peninsula to do land use road shows with David and travel with him to the national planning conference. ---Kurt H. Schindler
Comment | Posted at 09:07am via Condolence

Russ King

Annette, so sorry to hear about Dave. We had lost touch since his retiring from MSUE. He helped us a great with our farm business here in Manistique. With Sympathy...
Russ and Susan King
Comment | Posted at 07:41am via Condolence

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