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David Ralph Karschnick Sr.

June 11, 1940 — April 10, 2023


David Ralph Karschnick Sr., 82, of Alpena passed away Monday, April 10, 2023, at MyMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.


Dave was born June 11, 1940, in Wyandotte, Michigan to the late Ralph and Betty (Strobl) Karschnick. On August 20, 1959, he married Gayle Dragmiller. He served on Alpena City Council for 21 years, was past president of Alpena Country Club, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, current Alpena County Commissioner, past president of Alpena Softball Association, and elected to the Alpena Sports Hall of Fame.


Dave coached the Alpena Midget Travel Hockey Team, played softball, pool, bowling, and golf. He won the State Senior Golf Championship. Dave loved his friends in golf—Bill LaHaie, Jim Masters, and Tim Fitzpatrick and so enjoyed hunting season at Fitz’s Hunting Camp.


Dave was so very proud of his own David Jr. and Dave III’s, 300 games in bowling and their holes-in-one in golf. He loved politics!!, Friends Together, and many friends at Guys Like Us. Dave just loved talking to anyone, even wrong numbers. By the time he hung up he knew where they were from and what their weather was like.


You were loved by many Dad, I’ll see you at the turn!


Surviving are his wife Gayle of 64 years; children David Karschnick Jr., Leslie Karschnick, Kelly (Rick) Bozek; two grandsons, Stephen (Brittany) Chastien, David Karschnick III; two great grandsons; Landon Hunter, Lucas David Anthony; sister, Sandra (Bud) Nichole; brother-in-law, Jack (Lana) Dragmiller; sister-in-law, Judy (Mike) Kane; Sandy’s children, nieces and nephew, Kelly, Christine, Lisa, Scott; Jack’s family, Rebecca, Sara, and Jill.


Dave was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bill and June Dragmiller.


Memorial visitation will take place Sunday at Bannan Funeral Home from 2 p.m. until the memorial service at 5 p.m. with Rev. Arnie Kirschner officiating.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends Together or any youth program.


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