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David Ford "Dave" Wygant

March 3, 1941 — September 21, 2022

David Ford "Dave" Wygant, age 81 of Battle Creek passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday morning, September 21, 2022. He was born on the way to the hospital in A Model-T Ford (therefore he acquired the middle name, Ford) in Ceresco, Michigan on March 3, 1941, the son of John H. and Vivian B. (Crane) Wygant and graduated from Marshall High School with the Class of 1959. Dave retired from the Kellogg Co. in 1996 after more than 30 years. He previously was employed at the Brooks Foundry in Albion and Clark Equipment. After retirement, Dave drove the school bus for the Lakeview School District for 21 years.

Dave married his beautiful wife of more than 52 years, Dolores "Dee" (Swick) Wygant at the Newton United Methodist Church on August 21, 1970. They later renewed their vows at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Battle Creek; she survives. He is also survived by his children, Michael J. (Donna) Wygant Sr., Kristine (Rick) Short, Kim (John) Kuzma, and David L. Wygant; several grandchildren & great-grandchildren; sisters, Donna (John) Robinson, Dolores (Dan) Whalen; and brothers, John K. (Janet) and Merwin M. (Sharla) Wygant. Dave was sadly preceded in death by two daughters, Lisa Marie Wygant and Connie Boyer; his parents; and sisters, Phyllis Aldrich, Beverly Hughes and Sharon McClure.

Dave was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Kellogg 25-Year Club, the P.N.A., and was formerly a member of the Eagles. He absolutely loved to be outdoors, working and mowing in his yard, and even the yards of his family members which could use his expertise. Dave enjoyed golfing with his Kellogg friends, especially Lee Rust & Bill Butler, and went golfing in Kentucky with Gene Weeks for more than 5 years. He also enjoyed fishing and harness racing with his brother, John

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 29th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek where the Parish Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Christopher J. Ankley, 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 30th at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials directed to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph, would be appreciated. Personal messages for the family and favorite memories of Dave may be placed here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

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Visitation

Thursday, September 29, 2022

4:00 - 5:30 pm (Eastern time)

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017

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Rosary

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Starts at 5:30 pm (Eastern time)

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105 Capital Ave NE, Battle Creek, MI 49017

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, September 30, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Joseph Catholic Church

61 N 23rd St, Battle Creek, MI 49015

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