David B. Whisenant, 63, of Berrien Springs

Published 10:14 am Thursday, October 24, 2013

Nov. 3, 1949 — Oct. 22, 2013

David B. Whisenant, 63, of Berrien Springs, died Tuesday morning, October 22, 2013, at 5 a.m., surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.



Dave was born November 3, 1949, in Benton Harbor to Burley and Mozell Whisenant.  He attended South Maple Grove school in Berrien Center, and later moved to Berrien Springs where he attended Berrien Springs Public Schools.  He graduated in 1967 from Benton Harbor High School, where he attended for his last three years.

Dave married Janet Sherburn on July 26, 2002.  He retired in 2012 after working for 25 years with American Electric Power as a certified electronics technician.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1971, and he was a member of the Berrien Springs American Legion Post 85.  He attended Fairland Christian Church in Niles.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 11 years, Janet; two daughters, Lorrie (Mark) Kidder of South Bend and Lori (Dave) Nordgren of Westboro, Wisconsin; one son, Michael Whisenant of South Bend; two stepdaughters, Michelle (Ben) Tomchak of South Bend and Nicole Coar of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two grandchildren, Emily and Caitlin Kidder, and two step-grandchildren, Danielle and Paige Tomchak, all of South Bend; brothers, William (Pat) Whisenant and Jim Whisenant, both of Niles, and John Whisenant of Dowagiac; one sister, Sandy Koebel of Dowagiac; two special “daughters”, Amanda Hostettler and Jennifer Jbouri; and his best friend, his dog Kari.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his first wife, Karen Holmes, who died in 1999.

Dave will be remembered as a man who always had time to help those in need, and who was dedicated to his family and friends.  A big thanks to his friends at Nikki’s and McDonald’s who he enjoyed spending time with each day on his walks along Old US 31.  His laughter and jokes will long be remembered, and he will be missed dearly.

Visitation is from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, October 24, at Bowerman Funeral Home in Eau Claire, where the funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, October 25, with visitation one hour prior to service.  The Rev. Don Fleischman of Fairland Christian Church will officiate.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, with military rites conducted by American Legion Stover-Wagner Post 85.

Memorials may be made to Fairland Christian Church Building Fund, 1811 River Bluff Street, Niles, MI  49120; or Your Story Hour in Berrien Springs.

Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs, is entrusted with arrangements.  Online messages for the family may be left at www.allredfuneralhome.com.