Date of Death: June 10, 2019

Service Details


A memorial service to celebrate David’s life will be held at Howardsville Gospel Chapel on Saturday, June 15, 2019 with visitation starting at 12:00 noon and a celebration service starting at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Sheldon Combs officiating. A Celebration of Life will follow to which all are invited.

Obituary Notice

David Paul Mader, age 61, of Jones, Michigan passed away in the early afternoon hours on Monday, June 10, 2019, after courageously battling with cancer, his wife by his side. He was born in Three Rivers, Michigan on January 28, 1958 the son of William “Bill” and Ruth (Soule) Mader. In accordance with his wishes, David has been cremated.

David graduated from the Three Rivers High School in 1976 and Word of Life Bible Institute in 1977.

On November 15, 1980 he married the love of his life Debra Johnson. David worked as an over the road truck driver for thirty years. He loved electronic gadgets and wood working, hand building a good amount of his own furniture. More than anything else though David loved the Lord. He donated his time mowing Howardsville Gospel Chapel’s grounds for over twenty-nine years.

Left to cherish David’s memory are his parents; loving wife of thirty-eight years: Debra (Johnson) Mader; children: Christopher Mader and Jacob (Jozie) Mader; siblings: Don (MariLou) Mader, Mark (Lorie) Mader, Merrion Mader, and Tim (Jan) Mader; grandchildren: Anna, Alan, and Lillian.

Additional Information

Memorials donated in David’s memory may be directed to Howardsville Gospel Chapel, The Three Rivers Pregnancy Helpline, or Beartooth Mountain Christian Ministries in Fishtail, Montana. Envelopes are available at Hohner Funeral Home and the church.

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  1. Deb, I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a sweet and funny man. I will genuinely miss teasing him and being on the receiving end of his jokes at Applebees. He brought joy to my Sundays. Big hugs to you and your family. He will be missed!

  2. Dave and I met when we both worked at Lasco. I always enjoyed chats with him (and his corny jokes), and admired the calm way that he approached life. To this day, I still have a coffee cup that he picked up at a truck stop, and a cartoon that he had clipped out of a newspaper is still on my refrigerator. He was a wonderful, Godly man who will be missed by so many. My heart goes out to his family and friends, it is comforting to know that you will all be together again someday. God bless you.

  3. Deb, I was sorry to hear about Dave’s passing.
    Sandi and I will not be able to attend the visitation.
    But please remember you and your family have been in our prayers and will continue to be.
    Bruce & Sandi

  4. Haven’t seen you since we we’re kids David, but I’ve thought of you often over the years. I know you’re in Heaven looking down on all your loved ones. Sending.prayers and heartfelt sympathy to you and the family Debra, Im so every sorry….Joanna (Soule) Fry my parents were Cleon and Mary Soule

  5. Deb, I am so relieved to hear that his battle is over and he is now home with Jesus. My heart breaks for the pain you must be feeling. Words are not enough. My prayers are with you and if you need to get away, our home will always be open to you in Puerto Rico. Love and Prayers for you and the family.

  6. Praying for you as you go through days, weeks, years without the man you love. May your memories of him bring you joy and peace and may God show each of you in special special ways his intimate and personable love for each member of David’s family but especially his wife and Jacob and Chris. Wish there were words to make the this time easier for you. Love Sonya Kesler (Robin and Stephanie’s friend)

  7. Deb and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Dave was my Sunday School teacher years ago and you two have always been very special to me. Deb, I send you a big hug from Minnesota and will be thinking of you in the days and months to come. May you find peace surrounded by those you love who can share this huge loss with you.

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