Passed away on January 25, 2023 at the age of 79 years while surrounded by those who loved him. David was born on August 23,1943 to the late Edward "Jack" Wutke and Mildred "Millie" Wutke (Smith/Chappell) in Detroit, Michigan.
David was a veteran of the United States Army and recognized as an expert sharpshooter, both with a pistol and rifle. He was decorated with a National Defense Service Medal for the Vietnam War and Good Conduct Medal. David was also a Military Policeman and spent some time in Germany.
David enjoyed the outdoors! He loved being in nature, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, and hunting. He loved to fly fish! He loved to go on long walks, especially when surrounded by nature. David loved being part of a close community, such as Garden City, Michigan. David sold insurance to many people and businesses within Garden City and surrounding suburbs. He was a people person who was loved by so many. You could often find him volunteering his time or helping someone with a project. Dave really enjoyed interacting with children and absolutely loved being a softball coach! David was active with GCYA for many years, as well as a huge supporter of Garden City High School sports. David assisted the High School JV Softball Team. He was also active with FINESSE Softball as a coach and as a supporter of his daughter's softball career.
He is survived by son David Wutke Jr. and grandchildren Jonny and Justin Wutke. Daughter Colleen (Joe) Miller and grandchildren Evelyn, Violet and Samuel Miller. Sibling, Dennis (Karen) Wutke, niece Jessica (John) Poquette and nephew Edward Wutke. Sibling, James Wutke and niece Susan Wutke. He is also survived by nephew Michael Wutke, and many other great nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother Gerald Wutke.
18 years ago, David endured a life-changing event that would leave him catastrophically injured and drastically change the course of his life and the lives of those around him. Throughout those years of hardship, David never wavered in his strength and perseverance. He was a fighter to the end and often surpassed many expectations. To know David, is to know that he was a tough person, both mentally and physically. Giving up was never an option. The family would like to thank all of the nurses, physicians, caretakers, case managers, therapists, attorneys, and companies who provided services for him over the years. You will forever be in our hearts and to us forever grateful.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m, February 10, 2023, at Great Lakes National Cemetery 4200 Belford Road Holly, MI. 48442 with Pastor Gregory Grimwood officiating. Interment will take place following the service. Following the cemetery, the family will receive friends at VFW Post # 5587, 201 Airport Dr, Holly, MI 48442 from 4-8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider making a donation to the family at: https://gofund.me/e84cd2de. Contributions will aid in the payment of any outstanding medical bills resulting from Dave's last extensive hospitalization. Any extra proceeds will be donated to The Brain Injury Association of Michigan and The Hope Network. To sign online guestbook, visit www.cremationsocietymidmi.com Arrangements made with The Cremation Society of Mid-Michigan 1-989-892-1772.