67, of Vacaville, passed away on Oct. 11, after a brief but courageous struggle with cancer. He was born on April 12, 1946 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Adrian and May Van Bemmel. While attending Indiana State University in 1964-66 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent his entire time at Travis AFB. He achieved the rank of Staff Sargeant, U.S. Air Force in the Vietnam era. He married Ruth Hutchinson on Feb. 6, 1971 in Santa Rosa, Calif. David earned his Bachelor of Arts (1974) and Master of Arts in Business Administration (1977) from San Francisco State University. He worked for American President Lines, including a position as Manager in Sri Lanka. While earning a Special Education degree, he became employed by California Department of Corrections, Solano. This work was his most rewarding. He taught the Incarcerated Youth Offenders (ages 18-26) for seventeen years. His only disappointment in life was that he didn't become a teacher earlier. Here he also was Staff Sponsor for the Peter D. Porrino Veteran Group. He was an associate member of the Santa Rosa and Solano County Republican Women, NRA life member, and a devoted volunteer at Bethany Lutheran Church. David is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, Tyrie (Tracie) and Derek (Shauna); grandchildren, Nathan, Hutchie and Skylar. Other survivors include brothers, Peter and James; and devoted canine friend, Boggs Mountain. A visitation will take place at Nadeau Family Funeral Home, 180 E. Monte Vista Ave., Vacaville on Friday, Oct. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral service with military honors will be conducted at Bethany Lutheran Church, 621 So. Orchard, Vacaville, on Saturday,Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, on Monday, Oct. 21 at 9:30 a.m. Donations may be made in David's memory to: Disabled American eterans, 549 Merchant St., Vacaville, CA 95688 Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Care of Nadeau Family Funeral Home, 707-455-7700, www.nadeaufuneralhome.com.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2013