Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 29, 2013

David Lee Space

TRAVERSE CITY — David Lee Space, 83, of Traverse City, died at Munson Hospice House on Dec. 13, 2013. David was born on June 26, 1930, in Jackson, Mich., to Dallas and Georgia Space.

David grew up in Ann Arbor. He met his wife, Barbara Layher when they were 16. They married on March 31, 1951.

He graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1948 and entered U of M that fall. David was always known for his athletics. He was an avid golfer from age 10. In high school he played golf, basketball and football. At the U of M he was a varsity wrestler for three years.

After graduating in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he and his family moved to Owosso, where he went to work for Woodard Wrought Iron and Furniture.

While there he learned to love steelhead trout fishing. He taught the boys in the family and enjoyed many years of fishing with them and his many good friends.

In 1987 David and Barbara moved to Traverse City, where David had purchased Bay Motor Products.

He never quit golfing, fishing or working, until Jesus called.

He was a devoted husband and father until death.

Surviving David are his wife, Barbara; children, David (Diana) Space, of Greensboro, N.C., Thomas Space, of Kalamazoo, Todd (Tammy) Space, of Traverse City, Julie (Alan) Sorenson, of Owosso, and Stephen (Kathy) Space, of Midland; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Hariette; and brothers, Dallas and Durwood.

A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Boone’s Long Lake Inn in Traverse City.

Memorial contributions may be made to A.C. Paw or Cherryland Humane Society. His dogs, Harry and Noah will miss him dearly.

Please sign David’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

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