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Mr. David James Persons
  • Southwest Michigan Veterans Relief Fund
    228 N. 20th Street
    Battle Creek, MI 49037

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“David was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor, a mischievous grin and a heart of gold. The world lost a bright light when the Lord decided to...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Susan Persons - Richmond, IN

“Mr. Persons, Kim, Kevin, Kenton, & Michael and family. I just heard last night about Dave passing away. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Cindy Leineke-Monroe - Friend

“RIP David. You are no longer in pain. Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you so much for your compassion, kindness and love! Please...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Marti Snider Almirol

“RIP cuz even though our families never stayed close you are loved and will be missed ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Catina Crespin - Biloxi, MS

“My condolences to Fat Max-Heavy Kevvy (Daves descriptors) Kenton, Michael and Kim. I was deeply saddened to hear we would not be able to share what...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Green - Hancock, MI

“I was so sad to hear of my cousin David passing . I will miss him and will praying for the family . I love you all and miss you. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Dana Bristo - Flint, MI - Family

“To the Family: Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you say your goodbyes. May Dave Rest In Peace ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Ray and Julia Foust - Friend

“David you will be missed by your uncle Stu and Aunt Terri very much. Your overnight visits meant a lot to us and we loved you very much. Say Hi to...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Stuart Kenewell - GREGORY, MI

“Dear cousin David,You are loved and you will be missed. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to all of the family. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Amanda Cook - Gregory, MI

“David was a great friend. Always a smile and a handshake. Haven't seen him much the last few years. Rip Dave. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Richardson - Pennfield, MI

“Spent a lot of time with David last year of school. Evenings after football games, parties, etc.. He was a lot of fun. Great sense of humor. Did some...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Daniel Reinhart - Clio, MI

“David's sweet spirit will be sorely missed. I never heard him speak an unkind word about anyone and he constantly was on the look out for an...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Cindy Persons - Bellevue, MI


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David James Persons, age 61, of Battle Creek died unexpectedly on Friday, May 5, 2017. He was born in Flint, Michigan on March 19, 1956, the loving son of Max W. and Janice C. (Kenewell) Persons. David attended school in Montrose, Michigan and graduated from Hill McCloy High School. David faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1974 to 1976. He spent many years in Daytona, Florida before settling in the Battle Creek Area.

David was preceded in death by his loving mother, Janice Persons, and his beloved grandparents, Cloyd "Shorty" and Virginia Persons. He is survived by his father, Max (Nancy) Persons; sister Kim (the late David) Vance; brothers, Kevin (Cindy) Persons, Kenton Persons, and Michael Persons; step-siblings, Joe (Nicole) Crimi, and Michele Crimi; six nieces & nephews, and five great-nieces & nephews. David was very close to nieces, Lindsay (Chad) Wathen and Niya (Dennis) Gross. David will be missed by all who knew him!

David was a member of the American Legion and the Battle Creek Masonic Lodge #12. He enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles, tinkering and socializing. A very loving & compassionate man, David loved helping others in need and spending time with his family.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Southwest Michigan Veterans Relief Fund, 228 N. 20th Street Battle Creek, MI 49037. A memorial gathering will also be held 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Montrose Masonic Lodge #428, 130 Parkway Street Montrose, MI 48457. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.