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David Rocque Wonegeshik Sr., 72, of Traverse City, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Tendercare Health Center, Birchwood, with his family at his side.
David was born July 26, 1944 in a log cabin in Northport, the son of Rocque Norman Wonegeshik and Cecelia (Tepakeyah) Wonegeshik. On Oct. 13, 1974 he married Patsy Jewel (Jones) Wonegeshik who preceded him in death on July 7, 1988.
He was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves until he retired. David enjoyed playing pool, cards and was always joking with people; he really enjoyed people. David loved his family.
David is survived by a son, David (Veronica) Wonegeshik Jr.; a daughter, Cecelia (Ray) Leavitt; two sisters, Margaret (Gerald) Rowley, Charlene John; six grandchildren, Keegan Drake, Jewel Jean Marie, Coby James and Dustin Anthony Wonegeshik, Jerome David and Raymond Anthony Leavitt; and one great-grandchild, Donovan Anthony.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy; his parents, Rocque and Cecelia; his sisters, Bertha (Roy) Parkey, Amelia Fritz, Shirley (Eric) McDonald; brothers, James and Robert "Butch" Wonegeshik.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 16 with the family greeting friends at 1 p.m. also at the Northport Indian Mission Church. Burial will follow in Leelanau Township Cemetery. The Rev. Samuel McClellan will officiate.
Condolences and memories may be shared with David's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on June 13, 2017
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