David L. Yell

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David Labron Yell, age 74, of Cheboygan, MI, passed away Monday morning, November 15, 2021, in his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was a former resident of Lapeer, MI, for 47 years.

As a young boy, he resided at Bonnie Oaks School, Home for Children, in Chattanooga, TN.

David was drafted into the United States Army in 1966. During this time, he served his country in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, with the 218th MP Company.

He worked for the Ford Motor Company for 37 years, starting as a production lineman, and was later promoted to supervisor, in 1972.

David was a Christian with unwavering faith in God. He was known as “Papa Dave” to many friends and family. He loved this country and was a patriot through and through. David was an avid gardener, loved bird watching, playing cards and board games, metal detecting, coin collecting, music, singing, walking the beach, and was a true “rockhound.”  He was always looking for a great bargain while at a garage sale or flea market.

Many lives were touched by David’s generous heart and kind spirit. David talked softly, walked tall, stood proudly, and those who met him met a friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Virginia (Skinner) Yell; and siblings, Johnny Wolfe, Lyle Gray, Tommy Eimer, James Lamb, and Janice Yell.

David is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Laura; his three beloved children, David (Susan) Yell Jr., Ginger (Michael) Willemsen, and Daniel (Kelley) Yell; dearest grandfather of, Jenny, Erin, Lena, and Mahlon Yell, Shawna (Devin) Adams, Cameron Willemsen, Everet and Everey Yell; great papa of, Elizabeth and Madilyn Yell, and Wyatt Adams; siblings, Diane Griffith (passed February 13, 2022), Charles Yell, Linda Stover, and Joy Elliot all of Ringgold, Georgia.

Inurnment with military honors will be held Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. at Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Rd., Clinton Township, MI, 48038.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 12:00 p.m., at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1310 North Main St., Lapeer, MI 48446, Rev. Debbie Line Yencer, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Refuge Lapeer, PO Box 1435, Lapeer, MI 48446.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

7 comments on “David L. Yell”

  1. David was my first cousin, but was more like a brother, he could disagree with me about something, but in a way that didn’t make me mad. I was looking forward to seeing him in September when we come to Michigan! Rest In Peace sweet cuz.

  2. Jim Rifenberg, Cottonwood Heights UT

    I met Dave in the late summer of 1967 while stationed at CamRahn Bay, RVN. We were Military Policemen with the 218th MP Company. I’d been in-country only 8 weeks or so when Dave arrived. We struck a strong friendship immediately and it lasted the rest of his life. He was loyal, dedicated, honest, and fearless. His love of God, his wife & family, his country and his many friends continue to inspire me and the many hundreds of others who encountered him. Everyone should have a friend like David Yell. I look forward to spending eternity with him.

  3. Dr. Emanuel Ray Skinner D.Div

    David “Papa Dave” was my first cousin, and most importantly a man of high character and moral fiber. He loved deeply his family and friends alike. When you met Dave for the first time your life was better for it. He loved his Country, and lived his entire life as a Patriot. We all feel deeply his absence, but if I may quote God’s word “2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
    I assure you that Dave is in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We have not lost Dave for we will see him again and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

  4. Helen Veneziale (Bolt)

    I remember Dave from the years we were in Bonny Oaks together. He was a wonderful BOS brother and truly one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. He is missed and when we gather at BOS on April 30th, he will be in our prayers. RIP thy good and faithful servant.

  5. My uncle Dave was a wonderful man, he was loving, and kind, and his smile was one that could light up the room!! My husband Roger and I will miss him dearly. Now he’s watching over all he loved. There is no more pain or sorrow for the good lord has wiped all his tears away!! We find comfort in knowing he is in his mansion waiting to greet us when God calls us home!!! Love you, uncle Dave.

  6. Dave was a great man. He was always kind and caring to me and he will be missed; a great role model. He always made sure to ask you how you were and was intent on being engaged in my experience. Another great one lost, may he Rest In Peace in heaven.

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