David A. Neiger, 65, of Benzonia, died Dec. 23, 2017. We imagine David has joined his parents in heaven and is probably fishing right now.
In 1960 David was eight years old when the family moved to Marquette. In 1970 he graduated from the Marquette High School and four years later earned his Bachelor of Science degree in geography. He continued his education to obtain a master's degree in land use planning. This allowed him to work in the Vista Volunteer Program in the Upper Peninsula.
David's first urban planning job was Sault Ste. Marie. From there his city/county planning jobs led them to Crystal Falls, Houghton and Marquette. Eventually his career took them to Benzonia on the Benzie County Planning Commission, along with the Benzonia Township Zoning Administration. He also worked with Elmwood Township in Traverse City.
On Oct. 8, 1977 David married his sweetheart, Elizabeth "Betsy" (Lyons), and together they raised two children, Jamie Elizabeth and Nicholas David.
David's father, Arthur, instilled in him a deep love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, scouting and boating. David passed those along to his children and his dear grandson, Hayden. David looked forward to the annual fishing trip to the family camp in Ontario, Canada, with his father during trout season. He was exceptionally happy to make one last visit this past July to camp with his son, Nick, and introduced Hayden to rustic camping.
David is survived by his wife, Betsy; children, Jamie Neiger, of Benzonia, and Nicholas (Alicia) Neiger, of Honolulu, Hawaii; grandson, Hayden Neiger; siblings, Michael Neiger, of Marquette, Susan (Dennis) Roubal, of Marquette, and Steven Neiger, of Ada; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Virginia Neiger; grandparents, B. Helen Neiger Chapman, Arthur Neiger, Clyde and Delma Stanhope; and cousins, Timothy Pifer.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the First Congregational Church of Benzonia with Patty Higgins officiating. Burial will be in Benzonia Township Cemetery.
Contributions may be directed towards the family.
Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service.
Published on December 29, 2017