Jean Maurice David, 73
April 28, 1942 — Feb. 16, 2016
On Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, Jean Maurice George Etienne David found peace while surrounded by his loving family, following his battle with kidney disease. Jean was born on April 28, 1942, in Morsang sur Orge, France. He was christened on Oct. 18, 1942, at St. John the Baptiste Diociesede Versailles. Jean celebrated his first communion in Munich, Germany, and was later confirmed in his faith at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, in Milwaukee.
Jean overcame several obstacles throughout his life. As a toddler, he was falsely sent from France to a Nazi Work Camp, because of his last name, with his mother and sister, in Neresheim, Germany. In grave health, following his release, he was graciously raised by his sister, Laurette and her husband, Carl, moving from army base to base in Germany, as well as the United States. He later graduated from Ayre High School, Massachusetts, in 1961, and attended M.S.O.E. and later received his degree from M.A.T.C. in electrical engineering.
Jean was united in marriage to Betty E. Ewert on July 22, 1967. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Laura, Daniel and Matthew. Jean often worked two jobs at a time throughout his adult life, including Johnson Controls, Harnischfeger, Wisconsin Electric, Time Warner and McKay Nursery. His many passions included woodcarving, football, general handyman, as well as his seven grandchildren and his dogs. Jean was preceded in death by his mother, Helene (nee Bezon) Stein and his father, Andre Maurice David. As a hardworking and dedicated father, he leaves behind his wife, Betty; three children, Laura (Daniel) Jarvis, Daniel (Kimberly) David and Matthew David; seven grandchildren, Catrina Daute, Andre David, Emma David, Olivia David, Carsten Jarvis, Sierra Jarvis and Kayla Polinske; as well as one great-grandchild, Paisley Dorzok.
Further survived by four sisters, Laurette Eady of Palm Coast, Fla., Dominique, Martine and Catherine, as well as two brothers, Philippe and Alian, all living in France.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at 6 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church (1193 Lakefield Road), Grafton, with the Rev. James O’Reilly-Christensen presiding. A visitation took place on Monday, at the church. Jean will be laid to rest at Oakhill Cemetery in Horicon. Please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com to send online condolences to the David Family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John Lutheran Church-Lakefield or a church of your choice appreciated.