David J. Sharp, Sr.

BITELY — David J. Sharp, Sr., 72, of Bitely, was born on July 25, 1943, and passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016.

Dave is survived by his loving wife, Edith M. Sharp; with whom he shares 10 children; 19 grandchildren; and more than 20 great-grandchildren spread throughout Michigan and Indiana.

Dave was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, a founding member of the Lilley-Merrill Rescue Squad and served on two local fire departments over the years.  He was retired from the Newaygo County Sherriff’s Department. "Papa Dave" was known to be a huge animal lover and was an active member of his community.  He will be sorely missed by many.

A memorial service for Dave will take place at noon on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Verdun Funeral Home with Pastor Lucky Fulton officiating.  Family will meet visitors starting at 10 a.m. Arrangements were entrusted to Verdun Funeral Home at 585 7th Street in Baldwin.