Obituary: David Near, 75, of Shelby

January 2, 2023

David Near

Obituary: David Near, 75, of Shelby

David Earl Near, 75, of Shelby, loving husband, father, grandpa and brother, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 20, 1947 in Shelby, the son of Donald and Evelyn (Sally) Near (Ferre).

Dave graduated from Shelby High School in 1965 and then went on to earn a degree from Kendall College of Art & Design in 1968. After returning from college, Dave and his wife Connie opened a farm market in Shelby, a business they would continue to grow for over 20 years. During this time he also spent six years in the Army Reserve. In the late 1980s, Dave returned to his primary vocation of commercial art and opened his own design business. He spent the next 20 years creating signs, logos, and graphics for various regional organizations, working with colleagues who would eventually become some of his closest friends.

Dave never wasted a minute. He was a problem solver, a tireless worker, and a multi-talented craftsman. Some of his favorite activities were rebuilding cars (and driving fast), drawing, and woodworking. He loved learning new skills and was equally comfortable on a computer as he was in the woodshop, the garage, or the studio. Dave inspired those around him to think big, to tackle more than they thought they could, and was always there to help carry a project through. He valued his friendships greatly and enjoyed nothing more than popping over to help with a project. He was a creative, honest, and dependable friend. Dave will be so missed.

Dave is survived by: his loving wife Connie; children, Shannon Near, Rebecca Near, and Troy Near; grandchildren, Dylan Towne, Isaac Near, Zachariah Near, Sophia Wiseman,  Olivia Wiseman, and Loche Near; sister, Donalee Sumner.

Dave was preceded in death by: his parents, Donald and Evelyn; sister, Charlene Bosma Wissner and brother, Bruce Bosma.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Dave’s life will be planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Hospice Muskegon or the Crystal Valley Care Fund.

The Harris Funeral Home, in Shelby, is in charge of arrangements.