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David G. Sadler

June 30, 1949 September 23, 2016
David G. Sadler
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David George Sadler was born in Detroit on June 30, 1949. As a child he loved horses, baseball, basketball, and his family. These loves continued into high school where he played ball for the Milford Redskins, played guitar in a band “the Conceits”, and worked the family horse farm with his brothers and sisters. Always the contrarian, he wore a dog collar for two years and stole the high school’s totem pole mascot (which his sons dutifully returned 30 years later, completing the prank). In 1969 Dave joined the Army and went to Vietnam. He was a decorated war hero, earning two Bronze Stars, among other awards, he was honorably discharged in 1974. His service in Vietnam stayed with him his entire life, just as his mustache stayed on his face as commentary about the war. After the war Dave married Jeanne Watson and they started a family. Dave was a successful working man, rising in the ranks from site manager up to chief estimator at one of the biggest construction companies in the region, following in his dad’s footsteps and making the family proud. His childhood loves continued into adult life with the addition of cold cans of Miller Light. He played sports with his kids, drove his kids back and forth to practice and games, rooted for the Tigers and the Spartans, played songs, inspired his kids, wrote song lyrics and poetry. He retired from his work at the top of his field and spent his remaining years relaxing, reading the newspaper, working on crossword puzzles, making many great friends, and thinking deeply about the world. In his last will and testament, Dave left his children the following words:

Smile every day
Look for the good in people
Be kind to children
Show an interest in children
Put your faith in God (or at least try)
Remember – It’s only temporary

Dave is survived by his loving daughter, Julie (Erik) Schaefer; sons, Michael and Matthew (Mary); dear grandchildren, Anna, Isabela, Tyler, Gretchen, Oliver, Rebecca, Emma, Ava, and Lily; brothers, James (Jacqueline), Steven (Michelle); sisters, Carol (Ron) Hughes and Nancy. Also survived by his pub friends, his comrades in arms from Vietnam, and his poetry. He is remembered with love and will be dearly missed by us all.

A Funeral Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford on Tuesday, September 27 at 11 AM. Rev. Martin Dressler to officiate. Burial with Military Honors-Highland Cemetery. Friends may visit Monday 4-9 PM. Memorials may be made to: VA Ann Arbor Hospital. For further information please call 248-684-6645.

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Visitation

Monday

26

Sep

4:00 PM 9/26/2016 4:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 9/26/2016 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Tuesday

27

Sep

11:00 AM 9/27/2016 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States
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