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David Allen Zedaker

December 17, 1955 — April 2, 2023

David Allen Zedaker

David Allen Zedaker, 67, of Midland, passed away unexpectedly March 31, 2023, while doing one of the things he loved most: traveling the open road and discovering new places.

He was born on Dec. 17, 1955, in Saginaw.

David will be deeply missed by many, including the love of his life Lu Zedaker, his father Jerald Zedaker of Hemlock, his only brother Kevin (Carol) Zedaker of Hemlock, and longtime friend David LeFevre of Caro; as well as niece Sheryl Yarmuth of Traverse City, and nephews Jared (Jenae) Zedaker of Midland, Andrew (Nicole) Farrand of Bay City, and Travis (Karly) Zedaker of Midland, and stepsons Jonathan (Sarah) Russell of South Carolina and James Russell of Saginaw,. He is predeceased by his mother Mary (Awad) Zedaker.

David was fiercely loyal to all he loved. Never did he miss a chance to give a solid hug and an "I love you" to family and friends. Though quiet, his laugh was loud and genuine. He approached everything with an all-in attitude, whether it be driving a boat full-throttle or helping a friend finish a project.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army in the 1970s, stationed in Alaska. He had hoped to return one day.

David loved music, especially rock 'n' roll, and was a superb vocalist. He sang in choir and was a member of the marching and pep bands at Swan Valley High School, where he graduated in 1975. He played tuba, trombone and trumpet. His DJ business entertained for more than 30 years at weddings, festivals and dances across Michigan. For the past seven years, he was a member of a three-part harmony group, The Cronies & Les Egos Band, with his brother and his longtime friend.

David enjoyed living in Michigan and was well versed in the best places to visit in even the smallest towns. He would often recommend unique restaurants, parks, beaches and museums — and the most picturesque route to get there.

He loved camping, fishing and going for drives with the music always just a little too loud. He was knowledgeable about many topics and recalled facts, dates and details with ease, attributing this to what he called a "brain full of useless knowledge." Those who knew him well knew his motto: "I might have to get older, but I don't have to grow up." He loved animals and usually had a dog by his side even for quick trips to a coffee shop.

David was a true professional. He was a founding employee of Falcon Asphalt Repair Equipment in Freeland, traveling the nation selling and demonstrating the use of the company's equipment.

David leaves his mark on the world in many ways: his ability to love unconditionally, to realize the importance of relationships above material things, the value of keeping your word, and that politeness and manners still matter.

Family and friends are welcome to visit at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 201 N. Miller Road on Friday, April 7, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Honoring Dave's wishes, cremation will follow the visitation. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home or through

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