David Markusse

November 10, 1935 - February 10, 2017
Kalamazoo, MI



Wednesday, February 15, 2017
3:00 PM EST
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1515 Helen Ave
Portage, MI 49002

Immediately following the service there will be a time of fellowship at the church.

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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 100
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 345-0273
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Ministry with Community
500 N Edwards
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
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Pine Island Presbyterian Church
7888 S 8th St
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 353-8410
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


David Markusse, age 81 died on Friday, February 10, 2017. He was born on November 10, 1935 in Kalamazoo, the son of Jacob and Lena (Marker) Markusse and grew up in the Milwood neighborhood where he formed many lifelong friendships and learned the value of hard work with his paper route. David was a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School, Kalamazoo College and University of Iowa where he received his Master’s Degree. Throughout his life David was active in the church and was a founding member of Pine Island Presbyterian Church. On November 29, 1958 he married Dorothy Hiscock and they enjoyed 52 years of marriage until Dorothy’s death on June 3, 2011. David worked many years in local government in the cities of Kalamazoo, Iowa City IA, Mt Lebanon PA and Huron OH where he was the city manager for 5 years. He then returned to Kalamazoo and along with his friend Phil Perry, started West Michigan Appraisal. David will be remembered as a great provider who loved his family, he had a dry wit and a good sense of humor. He enjoyed reading and had a hidden talent as a sketch artist. He was devoted to his wife during her illness. His grandchildren and his dogs brought him great joy. David’s family includes his 3 daughters: Sue (Rob) Peterson of Weslaco, TX, Judy (Paul) Paget of Kalamazoo and Kathy (Greg) Portolese of South Bend, IN; 6 grandchildren: Jacob (Candice) and Matthew Peterson, Austin (FiancĂ©e Katie) and Stephanie Portolese, Stacey (Rob) Richez, David Mann, 2 great-grandchildren: Aaron Richez and Caden Peterson, 1 sister Helen (Mike) Reynolds, a niece Mary (Lisa Howells) Reynolds and a nephew Mark (Lisa) Reynolds and grand nephew Patrick Reynolds. A memorial service on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Please visit David’s personal web page at www.betzlerfuneralhome.com, where you can archive a favorite memory and sign his online guest book. Memorial contributions may be made Pine Island Presbyterian Church, Ministry with Community or Hospice Care of SW Michigan. The family would like to thank the caring staff at New Friends Memory Care, Hospice of South West Michigan and CentraCare. Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900.