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David Wirt
  • Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University
    600 Marion Ave
    Kalamazoo, MI 49006

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“Dear Stephanie,I am so sorry for your loss. Such a sad time. We miss you here in Las Campanas and you are in my thoughts.With my sympathy,Elva Busch ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: Elva Busch - Santa Fe, NM

“Dear Stephanie,Shirley and I were very saddened to learn of David'spassing. Though we haven't seen the two of you for a numberof years we have fond...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: fred klinghoffer - Santa Fe, NM

“Stephanie- I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for you and the rest of the family. ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Sharon Bevier - Jenison, MI

“I was saddened by Dave's passing. He was a really honest guy who gave me the biggest second chance of my life. After leaving FOA on a whim Dave let...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Rick Tupper - Waterford, MI

“Deepest sympathies to Stephanie and all of David's family. His "career" in humanitarian and philanthropic work was as excellent as was his paid...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: MARILYN VINEYARD - PLAINWELL, MI

“Stephanie, We were so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Although our friendship in Kalamazoo was brief, we do remember you and Dave as such a lively...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss. What a nice guy he always was. The times we came to your house in Las Campanas, David was so nice and made sure everyone was...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Sandy Morey/Sanford - Houston, TX

“So sorry to learn of Dave's passing. I have many fond memories of playing golf with Dave at Lake Doster. May God be with all the Family during this...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Virgil Williams - Plainwell, MI

“Stephanie, I am so sorry, sending love and prayers ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Rose Marchese - Friend

“I have many great memories of Dave from back in the day.Remember seeing Dave driving his elderly mother around the country sidein his M G with the...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Leon Hayward - Vicksburg, MI

“We know you're at peace, David, and our memories will always comfort us as we miss you. You and Russ were friends since you were 16 and we're...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Russ and Chris Otterbine - FL

“So many found memories! You will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to all! Hugs and healing prayers. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Emily Anglin - Richland, MI

“Our sincere condolences go out to the entire Wirt family. We are praying for all of you during this difficult time. God Bless! ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Andrea & Richard Kennedy - IN

“My Daddy, my Hero, I will miss you terribly. I love you to eternity and beyond. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Kimmy Brylowski - Kalamazoo, MI

“So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad, Krista. I worked with him during my time at First of America in the 1980s. I remember him as a...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Terri Novaria - Portage, MI

“Jennifer,So sorry to read about David. My thoughts and prayers are with you.Karol Priest WilesWould love to hear from you. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Sad to hear of Dave's passing. Mary Jo and I both have such fond memories of Dave and Stephanie. We were just reminiscing about our retreat to...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“So sad to hear of Dave's passing. He was a great friend and mentor. My sympathies and best wishes to all friends and family. Michael ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Michael Lindley - Grand Rapids, MI

“My sympathy goes out to Steph and family on the loss of Dave. He was a special friend andI have many fond memories of our days in College at WMU and...Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: Bill Cole - South Haven, MI


David Bruce Wirt, age 80, of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Las Campanas, Santa Fe, NM passed away Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2020 at the Rose Arbor Hospice Residence in Kalamazoo. David was born in Battle Creek, MI on January 27, 1940, the son of Dr. George Howard and Hilda Elizabeth (Ethington) Wirt. He was raised in Climax, MI and was a 1957 graduate of Climax High School. David received his BBA from Western Michigan University in 1962 and continued to further his education at Michigan State University Graduate Study, 1963, the Columbia University Commercial Bank Management Program, 1971, and the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking, 1973- 1975.

David retired in 1998 as Executive Vice-President at the First of America Bank Corporation where he was responsible for entire affiliate bank performance. His other positions throughout his career included, President and CEO First of America Bank Wayne Oakland, Royal Oak, MI; Senior Vice-President and Director of Human Resources, First of America Bank Corp; Instructor, Central Michigan University School of Banking; Instructor, Northern Michigan School of Banking; and Director on thirty one First of America Corporation Affiliate Bank boards. 1972-1998. David also served with the American Bankers Association, The Bankers Round Table, and the Michigan Bankers Association.

David was generous with his time and charitable contributions as a humanitarian and philanthropist. His service included: Director, American Red Cross, Kalamazoo, MI; Director, Kalamazoo Civic Theater where he was Chairman Special Gifts and Capital Fund Campaign 1995; Advisory Board Director of The Salvation Army, Royal Oak, MI; Director of The Boys and Girls Club of Royal Oak, Royal Oak, MI; Chairman of the Board, Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Okemos, MI; President, Kalamazoo Country Club, Kalamazoo, MI; President Kalamazoo Personnel Association, Kalamazoo, MI; Metro Director, Southwestern Michigan National Alliance of Business; Founding Trustee, Central Michigan University School of Banking; Director, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Santa Fe, NM; and Founding Member and Director, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Santa Fe, NM

David enjoyed golfing, fishing, reading and traveling. He and Stephanie traveled extensively to Europe, Africa, South America, Oceania, Central America, French Polynesia, Canada and the Caribbean.

David married the love of his life, Stephanie (McDaniel) Wirt in Kalamazoo, MI on June 22, 1973; she survives. He is also survived by his daughter, Krista (Dan) Higgason and granddaughter, Mackenzie Hinga; daughter, Kimberly (Andrew) Brylowski and grandson, Jacob and granddaughter, Natalie; step-son, J. Brian Wolf and granddaughters Haley Smith and Caitlin Driscoll and great-granddaughter, Giavanna Driscoll; step-daughter, Hilary Wolf Ward and granddaughters Grace Ward and Isabella Ward; sister, Jennifer (Jack) Phenis; and cousin like a brother, Michael Dean Wirt.

David was a star athlete at Climax Scotts High School. As a Climax Panther, he was a well noted star football back and baseball pitcher. He was once reported as being the biggest scoring, hardest driving, high school football athlete in the state tallying 41 points in a single game. Later David became a skilled golfer and was a participant in the annual Invitational tournaments at Kalamazoo Country Club. He was a member of Kalamazoo Country Club, Kalamazoo, MI, Birmingham Country Club, Birmingham, MI, Red Run Golf Club, Royal Oak, MI, The Club at Las Campanas, Santa Fe, NM, and Loch Lomond Golf Club, Luss, Scotland.

David's career at First National Bank and First of America Bank Corp. is a tale of success. He was hired out of college as personnel director at First National Bank of Kalamazoo and climbed the ladder with his own "bank of skills" to bank president at First of America Bank Wayne Oakland in Detroit and then on to Corporate Executive Vice President of First of America Bank Corp. where all of the affiliate banks reported to him . The recent words of his former boss and mentor James H, Duncan Sr.: "I could always depend on Dave to give unvarnished and straightforward advice and counsel. Without Dave's influence, neither First National or First of America could have been the fine banking organizations, that were founded and operated by the very best principles of their predecessors."

David would tell you that the best part of his life was spent living at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he retired with Stephanie in 1998 until illnesses began to take over his life. He battled against incurable disease with grace and courage for several years.

Interment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery where a small graveside service will later take place to celebrate David's life. The family will also gather to spread remains at David's favorite fishing spot on the Jemez River in New Mexico. Memorial contributions may be made to The Kambly Living Center in Battle Creek, the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University, or Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family or remembrances of David may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.