David William Dickman

Tawas City, Michigan
July 27, 1943 - January 16, 2021


A private family service honoring Dave will be held.

Obituary Notice

David W. Dickman

Age 77, of Tawas City, MI passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at McLaren Bay Region Hospital in Bay City, MI. He was born on July 27, 1943 in Midland, MI to the late William and Nora Dickman (nee Newman). Dave graduated from Midland High School in 1961. He married the former Sherry Westendorf on November 28, 1964. They moved to Tawas City and Dave owned and operated Farmers Insurance Company from 1984 until his retirement in 2016. He was a former member of the Tawas Elks Club and forever committed to his community. Dave served 9 years on the City Council, eight years on the Tawas Police Authority Board, eight years on the Brownfield Redevelopment Board and 30 years on the Zoning Board of Appeals. He was also a past vice president of Walleyes for Iosco County. Dave enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting, bowling and softball. He was a proud family man and his love for his family was always at the top of his list. One of his favorite pastimes was attending his granddaughter’s sporting events. Dave is survived by his wife Sherry Dickman; three children, son Rob (Debbie) Dickman, son Jeff Dickman, daughter Kim Dickman and two granddaughters, Aleisha Dickman and Delaney Johnston. He is also survived by his two sisters, Nancy (Jim) Johnson and Sally (Lee) Shobe and sister-in-law Kathy Schroeder. Private arrangements by the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City, MI. Memorials may be directed to Camp Fish Tales, 2177 East Erickson Road, Pinconning, MI 48650 (www.campfishtales.org) and you may offer condolences at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


Camp Fish Tales
2177 E. Erickson Road
Pinconning, MI 48650


Dear Sherry Rob Jeff and Kim words cannot express the sadness that Dave has left us He was a stable in our family he was Ron golf ,fishing and bowling partner for 40+ years last year’s Dave’s health wasn’t the greatest but he would call me and asked me if he could help me bring in wood or do the grass what a guy love you Dave Dickman .
— Laura Leslie
my deepest heartfelt condolences to Sherri, Rob, Jeff, Kim and the entire family...Dave certainly left his mark while on this earth...R.I.P. Mort
— Frank Mahon
To the Dickman Family, my deepest condolences to you My thought's and prayer's to all of you. Dave was a great guy!
— Kathi from The Medicine Shoppe
Dave took me under his wing in the insurance business back in 1990. We became great friends and went on many hunting/fishing adventures together over the years. He took great pride in telling me about his garden, the ducks he shot, the whitefish off the Tawas pier, his charming dogs, the great buys he scored on hunting/fishing equipment, but the greatest source of pride was his wife and three very fine children.
— Chris Zimmerman
So very sorry for your loss,,,,,,Such a nice man,,,,,Thoughts and prayers for the family
— Patti and Dennis Whitford
I considered Dave as one of my best friends, if not the best! He was always a calming voice, and had a way of making big problems seem not so troubling. We shared our love of Chessies, as well as our heartbreak when we lost one of man's best friends. The first stop Brenda and I made, after putting our beloved Sailor down, was to Dave and Sherry Dickman's house! We arrived in tears and left with a reflective smile. The world was a better place with Dave in it and he will be missed more than words can express.
— John and Brenda Parent
Sherry, Rob, Jeff, and Kim. I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a true friend and mentor to me, I learned so much from him through our years of fishing together. He is deeply missed and my families thoughts and prayers are with you all.
— Andy, Anna, Parker, & Lane Kobs
David was part of the Farmers Insurance Family for many years. He will be missed by so many... his legacy still loves on in the world of insurance.
— Cristyn Castelli-Morrell
Deepest sympathy to Dave's family and friends, I have known Dave for years through his business and other ventures and truly enjoyed our conversations. One of the most likeable persons I have known and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.
— Dale Procunier
Dave was always a good source for a laugh. And always had a positive outlook. The conversation would always end up being about fishing and hunting. He took great pride in his family.
Our thoughts and prayers.
— Greg and Margaret White
Aunt Sherry, Rob, Jeff and Kim, I am heartbroken. You always think you have more time. I really wanted my boys to be able to go fishing with him when they were old(mature) enough. I have so many great memories of Uncle Dave. I only wish I would have made more. Love you all and see you soon. You are all in my thoughts and heart. From Uncle Dave's forever Lightning.
— Kris Pavledes
So sorry for your loss.Dave was a great friend.
— Bill @ MJ
We were lucky enough to meet Mr. Dickman through JD and were heartbroken to hear about his passing. Whether it was fishing trips or the Mayfair golf outing, we looked forward to seeing him and listening to his stories. He was one of a kind and the world was a better place with him in it. Your family is in our thoughts during this difficult time, he will be dearly missed.
— Dan, Amy, Sydney, Hunter and Kyle Ruhstorfer
Dave was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed! He loved his community and was a great leader. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
— Blinda Baker
So sorry for your family's loss. Big hugs to you Jeff!
— Amy (Russo) Perciaccante
Sherry, Rob, Jeff, and Kim, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Davey. I absolutely loved fishing with him and Dad. They were like an old married couple bickering back and forth. I could listen to his slow paced stories all day (Even if I had heard it before). Dave was the very first person to realize we were having Lily as we stopped him and Dad by the snow covered Singing Bridge in their way to go ice fishing seven years ago. He was so heartbroken over Dad’s passing. I think I sometimes felt worse for him than myself. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. He was definitely one of a kind.
— Jason Saxon
Very sorry to hear this..I enjoyed playing golf with Dave in Wednesday night league. God Bless
— Randy Look
Such a great loss. Such a kind man. Will be missed by many. Sending prayers.
— Cindy Parnicky
I'm so sorry about daves passing. I will miss seeing him around, he would always give me and hug and kiss on the cheek and ask how I am doing. Always told Mike he has a great girl here, take care of here. I knew Dave through the Leslie's. Dave would do anything for them. He was so sad about Ron's passing, but always there for the family afterwards. Another great tawas man gone. R.i.p Dave.
— Terra Whiteman
Dear Sherry and family, Dave will be sorely missed. He was a wonderful, kind man. Prayers offered for your family. RIP Dave.
— The Miknyocki's - John, Laura and Jeff
Sherry you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I’ve known Dave since he played Little League for my dad and many memories of you and our friendship. Dave was a good man and more should be like him.
Miss you but sending love.
— Mary Smick Kressler
I am so sorry to hear this! Dave was such a nice man! Prayers to the family!
— Deana Schirmer
Sherry and family!
I just heard the news of Dave's passing. Please accept our deepest condolences! Dave and I fished together on a couple occasions. Ran out of gas on the Wild Bill and brought it in on the trolling motor one time. Dave was always fun to talk fishing with and was in the know as to where the fish were and what they were hitting. A great guy!!
— Hoot & Michelle Keiser
Aww geez Dickman family - I am so sorry for your loss. Your family has touched my Stonehouse/Keisler family in many ways over the years and I know Dave will be terribly missed. I have some good memories of Dave from sponsoring Doug’s softball team, bringing Kassidy ice cream after she walked Duke, and just chitchatting at the grocery store was my favorite because he always asked about my family. He will be missed!
— Geri Keisler
I’m so very sorry to hear this! You all our in my prayers. Our fathers were close for many years and I remember many days and nights with you guys. What a shame. Love and miss you all!
— Eric Abbott
Jeff & Rob, I really don't know what to say? I'm sorry for your loss just isn't enough. I knew Mort was having a few health issues the last couple of years, but I had no idea that he was in the hospital? This COVID-19 pandemic has really kept me out of touch and in the dark I suppose? I literally almost dropped my phone when I read the text Jeff sent out last Saturday evening with the sad news....instant shock! It really doesn't seem fair that I cannot be there to bid farewell to that great, great man that was your Dad (Davey, Mort, or whatever you want to call him) due to this same damn pandemic! I looked forward to seeing him each and every year at the Mayfair Golf Outing because he was special to me. He reminded me a bit of my own Dad. Like others have said in here, it was that calming voice of reason. He never seemed to get too excited or upset about anything, and always seemed to keep a level head and offer up very sound advice....along with a fish story or two. I will always cherish the times that I got to spend with him, and he will be greatly missed!
— Brian Radde
Sherry, Rob, Jeff & Kim, so sorry for your loss. I always had a great time whenever I saw Dave whether it was at a golf outing, or just hanging out & talking, I always walked away with a smile on my face. He will certainly be missed!
— Jim Willing
I am so sorry to hear this...Dave was my insurance man and genuinely cared how I was doing. He was a kind man! Condolences to his family!
— Deana McKenzie
My deepest condolences to the Dickman family! Dave was such a wonderful human being, he was so kind and always made you feel like you were a part of his family too! I have
Missed running into him at Walmart and seeing him around town, hearing great stories every time! Rest in heaven Dave ❤️
— Marissa Adis
I was so sad when Sherry called about Dave's passing I could hardly talk. We were good friends since Dave worked at Tawas Hdwe and we will surely miss him.
— Bill and Adah Jacobs
David and I started school in 1948 and have been friends more than 70 years,hunted,fishedplayed ball,lied to each other,and I'll miss him,he was my good friend.
— Mark Parsons
Sherry, Rob, Jeff and Kim: Dave was a really wonderful man. He would take the time to talk to you and really cared. He and Jim were fishing and hunting buddies and I remember when Dave took Jim and our boys Tom and John out walleye fishing. They had a blast and caught fish. Next day he took Jim and daughter Becky and she caught a 7.5 lb. walleye!!! She was so excited and loves fishing still today because of that trip. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to all of you and your families.
— Deb (Brown) Zimmer
Dickman family- I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was one of the first guys I met when I started my job at Red Hawk in 2016. One of the first things he ever did was give me the biggest hug and I’ll never forget that. I couldn’t believe this man was hugging me the first time he had met me! But after knowing him for four years after that, it definitely wasn’t out of his character to do that. He was the nicest and most caring person. I have so many memories and keepsakes from him that I’ll cherish forever. I just know him and Ron are up there golfing and fishing right now.
— Kelsie Collins
Kim and family, I have so many memories from growing up with you. I'm so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
— Kelly (Abbott) Mullins
My deepest condolences to the entire Dickman family. Dave was like a father figure to me. I met him back in 1996 while working at his favorite tackle store. We both shared a love for fishing and the outdoors. He would call me almost every Friday looking for the hottest fishing report. I will never forget our times spent fishing and all the great conversations we shared and talking about the newest hot colored lure to catch him more walleye! I will sadly miss our weekly conversations about hunting and fishing and family. Dave was a wonderful man, husband, and father, and he talked very highly about all of his children and how very proud he was of all them. Dave, my dear friend, my the fish always be biting and the bucks be big! I will miss you my dear friend.
— Ernie Plant
Sherry and family, I was sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was my insurance agent when I lived in the area, and I always enjoyed it when he stopped in the office to see Sherry. I was just thinking of him last week, and how Sherry was concerned for his safety if he were to get a cell phone (when they first came out in the early 90's). A great man, may he rest in peace.
— Mary Ball
Dave was our insurance man for many years and a friend for many more. He always had a story to share when you ran into him out and about. He will be greatly missed.
— Denny and Linda Hayes
I've been out of Michigan for many years, but I am gonna miss you, Uncle Dave.

Among my enduring memories from growing up in Midland are several zero dark thirty trips to Tawas to get out on the ice and get fishin'. Dave's relish for the entire process of spending a day on ice, or open water, was never clearer than when he was in the middle of it, baiting hooks, throwing throttle levers and just generally being the Uncle-iest man in America. He made me want to get outside and appreciate the simple beauties there. And learn how to tell better stories.

Aunt Sherry, Jeff, Kim, Rob — we're so sorry he's no longer with you and we're sending our love from the west coast.
— Matt Shobe, Seattle WA
Dave will be missed in so many ways. I will miss seeing him at Neimans and talking about sports, family, fishing / hunting, and what ever was going on in town. You will be missed Dave. Joe Dissette
— Joe Dissette
Sherry and your family. So sorry for your loss. We remember Dave telling many funny stories. Your all in our prayers.
— Sheila and Jim Williamd
Sherry, Rob, Jeff and Kim words cannot express the sadness in my heart over the loss of your husband and dad. When my I lost my dad and then my mom, Dave took over that void. I could call him anytime for advice. I will miss our frequent talks, his advice and his stories. I considered him a second dad. For many years we helped each other in the insurance business. The last two years he had his agency, we spoke several times a day as computers were not his friend. It was a sad day for me when he retired, but I was so glad that he was able to spend more time with his family and doing the things he wanted to do. He loved you all very much along with his granddaughter who was the apple of his eye. He called me the day before he went into the hospital and at the end of the conversation he told me just remember one thing, I love you kid. I will miss your dad as much as my own parents. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Hold on to the good memories. No one can take those away from you! Heaven gained another angel.
— Karin Keel-Todd
Sherry, Jeff, Rob and Kim, so sorry for you loss. Will never forget the good times had on our pheasant and caribou hunting trips, walleye fishing with "Wild Bill" on Saginaw Bay or hanging out at the Dickman house. Dave was always a positive influence on all of us. Thoughts and prayers with all of you.
— Scott Gerhardt
So sorry for your loss, I will miss all the fish stories,
— Tammy Simmons

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