Date of Death: February 20, 2024

Service Details

Visitation will be held Monday, February 26, 2024 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Newberg, 13021 Born St., Jones. A memorial service will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the church with Pastor Mike Owen officiating.

Obituary Notice

David Allen Bannow, 64, of Jones, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at Bronson Methodist Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 2, 1959 in Dowagiac, the son of Norman and Carolyn (Mott) Bannow, and graduated from Dowagiac High School with the Class of 1978. He played drums in the school band, and after graduation, raced motocross.

On April 19, 1980, Dave married Merrilyn Stephenson. The couple lived at Fisher Lake for six months before moving to Jones. They enjoyed camping and traveling, especially trips to Florida and North Carolina.

Initially employed by the city of Dowagiac as a maintenance worker, he later worked at Dock Foundry before starting Lake Effect Marine at Sister Lakes with his brother Tom. He enjoyed the people, the water, and the freedom of being his own boss. In 2003, he started The Boat Shop in Jones. He did snowplowing for 20 years, and spent 12 winters working at Swiss Valley Ski & Snowboard Area.

Dave loved spending time with his family, especially his sons, with bow hunting a favorite hobby. He was a character, prankster, jokester, and – as he named one of his boats – an “Instigator.” He was a member of First Baptist Church of Newberg.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his wife, Merrilyn Bannow; sons, Joshua Bannow and Kyle (Summer) Bannow; grandchildren, Romy and Sage Bannow; brother, Thomas (Lori) Bannow; sister, Patricia Mellen; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Additional Information

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave’s memory may be directed to First Baptist Church of Newberg. Envelopes will be available at the church and at Hohner Funeral Home.

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  1. Dear Marilyn, Josh, and Kyle, We are so sorry to hear of you loss. What great memories we have of you in our younger years as neighbors in Jones. Dave had such a great sense of humor. He will surely be missed. Thoughts and prayers for comfort for your family.

  2. Merrilyn, I just heard this news. I am so very sorry. I wish you and your family didn’t have to go through this, way to soon. Please know my thoughts are with you at this terrible time. Dave will be remembered with fondness. Laura

  3. Merrilyn
    So very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was always a kind soul whenever we chatted. Our family will hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Haven’t seen Dave in a number of years. Remember him from the marina. He and Tom made a grea team. He would come into Driftwood and shoot the breeze. He was a great man and a hard worker. He will be missed.

  5. Merrilyn Linda and I our so sad and sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. I wish I had words to make this time easier for you. I will always remember Dave as the Character he was . Always enjoyed his company, his stories , jokes, & teasing. He was always generous to me .

  6. Merrilyn,Josh and Kyle….I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dave. It has been a very long time since I have seen him but still remember his Dad jokes and his sense of humor….thoughts and prayers to you all.

  7. I’m so sorry, Dave was a great man, I loved him. Like a brother, we grew up together, he will be missed immensely, love to his family, and all the many friends he had . Love ya my brother

    • I wish there were words to ease your grief but I know better. So I will continue to pray for peace and strength and courage to face the days ahead. If there is anything I can do please don’t hesitate to call. I know you have a big church family who love you and Dave and will be there for you.

    • Merrilyn,
      We are so very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. The campground will never be the same. Dave always had something to funny to say, he would tease my grandkids to no end. They always looked forward to seeing him. We will all miss him.

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