ALANSON, Mich. — David Lee Kitchen, 81, of Alanson, Michigan, passed away peacefully while in the care of his family at his granddaughter’s residence following a short illness.
Born on April 4, 1938 in Petoskey, Michigan, Dave Kitchen was born to Leamon D. and Enola V. (Matteson) Kitchen.
Dave attended Littlefield Public Schools and graduated in 1955. After graduating Dave became a builder and worked for many years as a carpenter. In 1972 Dave was asked to instruct building and trades in Pellston because of his skill and mentoring personality. Dave married and raised three children in Alanson. During his time as a family man and community servant, he served on the Littlefield Public School Board and was eventually elected as its president. He also was a volunteer firefighter for the community of Alanson. He was involved in officiating basketball all around northern Michigan. One of his most notable achievements was coaching the Littlefield Angels where many previous players still call him “coach‘ he was proud to take an all-star team to the state finals.
In 1973 he moved to Evart, Michigan, where he taught building trades and social studies until retiring in 1995. Dave graduated from Ferris State College with a degree in education with an emphasis in history and industrial arts. During his time in Evart, Dave became the Evart Education Association President advocating for fellow teachers and became a class sponsor and had many fun experiences taking students on their senior trip. Dave married his second wife while in Evart and raised two more children. Dave helped contribute to the construction of the Evart public playground. After retirement, he became a rural mail carrier in Evart, a job he loved.
Growing up and living in Northern Michigan he developed a love for hunting and fishing not only wild game all over the country, but also the infamous morel mushroom, which became a family tradition. During his life he loved to travel to see the natural beauty of our world with family and friends. He eventually purchased a five-acre fishing camp island in Ontario, Canada, which became a hub for family, friends and visitors.
Dave loved to go to Orange Beach in Alabama in the winter months and walk the beach and the wonderful trails within the Gulf State Park trail system. Dave prided himself on getting at least 10,000 steps a day. He enjoyed going to dinner with family and friends at his favorite restaurant DeSoto’s. Dave also had a love-hate relationship with golf and spent many hours with friends using language he never used off the golf course.
Dave loved his family and friends and has left a legacy of work ethic, patience and humor. Dave also loved to compete with his children and grandchildren, especially in cribbage.
Dave is survived by five children, 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Children include Pamela Kitchen, Kelly Kitchen, Dave (Beth) Kitchen, Steve Kitchen, and Brian (Stephanie) Kitchen. Dave has two sisters, Linda Kitchen and Sharon Curtiss; many nieces and nephews; and countless loving friends.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Lee and Enola Kitchen; his brother, James Kitchen; his sister, Nola Snider; and his niece, Jill Meyer.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Community Building at the Osceola County Fairgrounds, 101 Recreation Ave., Evart, Michigan. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. at the Corey Funeral Home in Evart, Michigan. Mr. Kitchen will be laid to rest in Littlefield Township Cemetery, Alanson, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alanson Public Schools, in care of the David Lee Kitchen Legacy fund, 7400 North St., Alanson, MI 49706.