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David M. Ferris

July 23, 1940 - June 25, 2019



David M. Ferris of Cadillac died Tuesday evening, June 25, 2019 at Samaritas Senior Living in Cadillac. He was 78.

Dave was born on July 23, 1940 in Cadillac to Milford H. and Carmen A. (Fewless) Ferris and they preceded him in death.

He attended Nixon School during his elementary years and later graduated high school from “Tustin Tech.” After high school Dave attended Ferris State College. He owned and operated Ferris Automotive for over 49 years and was very proud of his business.

The greatest joy in his life was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved taking them on outings and made sure family always came first in his life.

He is survived by his children: David (Sue) Ferris of Big Rapids, Dean Ferris of Cadillac, Mekoe (David) Peterson of Cadillac; their mother, Karen Ferris of Cadillac; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Dan (Dianne) Ferris of Illinois and a sister Pat (Gary) Stephenson of Pickford, Michigan.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Dennis K. Ferris in 2013; a grandson, Kurt Ferris, a brother, Paul Ferris, Sr., a sister, Luella Powell and a daughter-in-law, Angie Ferris.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Cherry Grove Township Cemetery in Wexford County with Pastor Mical Pugh officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. An online guestbook is available at

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  • Sue Ferris - Jun 26th, 2019 7:58 pm

    "I remembered when I married his son Dave , Dad had thanked me for marrying Dave and that he thanked God for bringing me into their family. I didn't know how to respond to that, as hard as it is may be for some to believe I am very shy and skeptical when I first meet people, and I really felt comforted by his words. I thank him for Dave and will always keep his words with me and will miss him."

  • Robert Charles Nelson - Jun 27th, 2019 8:47 am

    " I was saddened this morning when I read of my friend Dave's passing. I had been looking forward to my trip to Michigan this summer. It was to be an opportunity to get together with Dave which will now have to be another time and place. Remembering violin lessons together, many fiddling jamborees and numerous coffee breaks or meals at the Frosty cup. Dave, you were a good friend and will be missed."

  • Jane (Lyle) Barber - Jun 27th, 2019 1:51 pm

    "so sorry to hear of Dave's passing, have many fond memories of us going to lunch after church before Lyle passed, he will be missed by many"

  • Rex Nixon - Jun 30th, 2019 4:00 am

    "So Sorry for your loss."

  • Shelby and Carlton Plyler - Jul 2nd, 2019 6:29 pm

    "We send our sympathy to all the family. We have so many memories that go back to when we were young and at Tustin High School. Many memories with all the Ferris family. May God bless you and surround you with His love."

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