David M. Eby

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BALDWIN -- David M. Eby, 80, of Coloma, formerly of Baldwin, passed into the arms of his Heavenly Father Friday, July 20, 2018, at his residence in the comfort of his family's presence.

He was born March 23, 1938, to Mahlon and Hope Eby. He married Patricia Jean Longcor Feb. 1, 1959, in Porter Township. She survives.

David graduated from Constantine High School in 1955, and Western Michigan University in 1959. He was a band director at Anchor Bay High School in New Baltimore and Baldwin Community Schools from 1964 until retirement in 1992.

He started the Baldwin Marching Bands, a.k.a. the Alley Kats, Alley Kittens and Super Cats, who performed at many parades each summer. He took the high school band to Vienna, Austria in 1973 and 1979, and Washington, D.C. in 1980.

He, his son, grandson and many of his students also performed with the Scottville Clown Band for many years; many are still performing with them.

David and Pat spent winters in Melbourne, Fla. While there, he taught home-schooled children music and music theory. David was very involved in church as lay minister and Sunday school teacher, the Gideons and jail ministry with Forgotten Man Ministries.

David also organized the CB3 (Chase Barton Trio) and the Brohman Gospel Brass, who performed all over the state. He also was a range officer for Lake County Sheriff's Office. He also was active in the Big Brother program in Lake County.

David will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patricia Eby, of Coloma; one daughter, Pamela (Terry) McCoy, of Coloma; one son, Douglas (Kimberley) Eby, of Constantine; six grandchildren, Joshua (Ashley) Eby, of Constantine, Michael Eby, of Baldwin, Danielle (Trevin) Oswald, of Constantine, Timothy (Veronica) Eby, of Portage, Amanda (Joe) Weberling, of Houston, Texas, and Justin (Emily) McCoy, of Paw Paw; three great-grandchildren, Alexander Eby, Emerson Eby and Mahlon Weberling; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Janiece Wilson.

Family and friends gathered on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals for a funeral service with Pastor Mark Manning officiating. 

Mr. Eby was laid to rest in Plum Grove Cemetery in Union.

The family prefers contributions in David's memory be made to The Gideons, PO Box 97251, Washington, D.C. (gideons.org), Caring Circle Hospice, 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085 (lakelandhealth.org/caring-circle) or the Scottville Clown Band, Rob Always, treasurer, 405 North Main, Scottville, Michigan 49454 (scottvilleclownband.com).

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis.

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Published in The Lake County Star on July 26, 2018