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David J. Kennard

July 15, 1928 - September 06, 2019



David James Kennard of Cadillac passed away Friday, September 6, 2019 at Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital. He was 91.

Dave was born July 15, 1928 in Detroit to David James and Philomena K. (Johnston) Kennard and they preceded him in death.

He attended school in Detroit and entered the United States Army during the Korean War. During his time in the service Dave was stationed in Japan for a year. He returned to Detroit after the war and was employed at a furniture company. Dave would work nights at a pizzeria as an internship so he could earn the recipe. He later moved to Alpena where he started a pizzeria with his brother, Dave and Jim’s Pizzeria. After ten years in Alpena, in 1964, he moved to Cadillac and opened Dave and Jim’s Pizzeria on the corner of Mitchell Street and Pine Street. He was proud that the pizzeria remains in its original location and is a true family business, owned and operated by the Kennard family, currently known as Pizza Plus of Cadillac.

Mr. Kennard boxed and played baseball. He enjoyed golfing and was a longtime member of the Cadillac Country Club. He also was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing; he took over 40 family fishing trips to Canada. At age 84 he began taking regular walks around Lake Cadillac and very much enjoyed doing so until the age of 89. He was a member of Saint Ann Catholic Church and the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce.

On September 26, 1959 he married the former Ann E. Cadieux and she survives him along with their children: John (Joie) Kennard of Boon, Paul Kennard, Joanne Kennard, Dave (Jan) Kennard, Chuck (JoLeean) Kennard all of Cadillac; seven grandchildren: Kenda, Craig, Erin, Holly, Nick, Elizabeth, Luke; one great- grandson, Mason and a brother, Jim (Pat) Kennard of Hillman.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Saint Ann Catholic Church in Cadillac with Fr. Michael Janowski as celebrant. Friends may meet the family Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 PM at the Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac.

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Ann Catholic Church. An online guestbook at available at

Guest Book

  • Daniel G Brooks - Sep 8th, 2019 12:30 pm

    "Knowing Dave for all those ears was an enjoyable trip. He was a kind, gentle and caring person who loved his family to no end. RIP, Dave."

  • Theresa (Mattson) Durga - Sep 9th, 2019 6:49 am

    "So very sorry for your loss, what a legacy for our community."

  • Bev and Paul Siewinski - Sep 9th, 2019 6:59 am

    "Kennard Family, So so sorry for your loss. Our sinecere sympathy goes out to you. Only God knows what is best. Hang on to all the wonderful memories. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal."

  • Dee Brinks - Sep 9th, 2019 8:10 am

    "What a wonderfully gentle man and neighbor. We've enjoyed many pizza's along the way but in my mind I remember coming home and Big Dave sitting in the swing that hung in the large tree next to the drive, just taking in the world. I'm sure I missed many times when he was swing with a child or grandchild. Rest in peace dear friend and praying for comfort for the whole Kennard family."

  • Kelli Spalding - Sep 9th, 2019 9:21 am

    "Our Thought & Prayers are with you Tony, Kelli, Justin, Lexi & Hope Spalding"

  • Bob & Amy Spencer - Sep 9th, 2019 10:10 am

    "Sending thoughts prayers many hugs and love to the whole guys are more than just pizza're family💔❤"

  • John Olmstead - Sep 9th, 2019 4:53 pm

    "I’ll always remember Dave just as he’s pictured, doing what he loved, making pizza. RIP Dave. Many prayers to the family. "

  • Sky Hall - Sep 9th, 2019 7:58 pm

    "Rest In Peace. "

  • David Tripp - Denton, TX - Sep 10th, 2019 6:44 am

    "To the entire Kennard family and the Cadillac community, Dave was a part of everyone who has ever ventured into Dave & Jim’s as most of us still refer Pizza Plus as. I remember as a kid coming in to get an original sub during the summer and if the Tiger’s were playing, the game was on the tv. It was a joy to have known Dave and it’s great to see his legacy being carried on by his boys and family. God bless you all during this difficult time."

  • Department of Corrections - Sep 10th, 2019 11:43 am

    "Chuck, May the constant love of caring friends soften your sadness. May cherished memories bring you moments of comfort, may lasting peace surround your grieving heart. There is nothing I can say to take away your hurt but you have my shoulder to cry on and my loving hugs. Know that FOA Department of Corrections (Outstate Territory) family will be here for you when you need us."

  • Ron Mary Amy Caldwell - Sep 10th, 2019 1:15 pm

    "Condolences to the Kennard family. God bless."

  • Duke Matthew Hammar - Sep 10th, 2019 2:03 pm

    "Dave was a kind man with a positive outlook on life, he will be missed"

  • Jean Bonham - Sep 10th, 2019 2:23 pm

    "Jean and Dano send our condolences. Dave was a good kind man and we will miss him."

  • Kimberly Berkompas (Stroh) - Sep 11th, 2019 7:47 am

    "Have many memories of my parents telling me stories about snowmobileing with Dave and Ann. Also whenever we got pizza growing up it was always from Dave and Jim's. Still to this day, it's my family's favorite. You will be dearly missed. Prayers to the Kennard family.💜"

  • Tom Darrow - Sep 11th, 2019 8:05 am

    "So sorry for the loss of your father. He was a good man and raised his family well. "

  • Jeff Clark - Sep 11th, 2019 1:13 pm

    "I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of him at Dave and Jim's. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

  • Jerry Leavell - Sep 15th, 2019 4:06 pm

    "Thoughts of love and comfort to Dave's family. Our prayers are directed to you as you deal with the loss of a very fine man, professional businessman and a perfect pizza pie creator. I can personally attest to hundreds of his pizzas in the past 50+ years, all a delight. A legend in the business when Cadillac knew no other pizza eateries. "

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