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David J. Owczarski

April 4, 1941 ~ March 24, 2019 (age 77)


David Joseph Owczarski was called home to meet his savior whom he had served since his salvation in 1958. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, he passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019  surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna Owczarski.

Dave is survived by his best friend and wife of 59 years Barbara (Seaver) Owczarski; his four children Ruthann (Tom) Eilers of New Era, MI, Rebecca (Sam) Cook of White, GA, Gregory (Gloria) Owczarski of Newport, OR, and Pamela (Tim) Balcom of Montague, MI; 15 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren;  beloved brother Thomas Owczarski of Stony Lake, MI; nephew, Tyler (Jodi) Owczarski of Zeeland, MI; niece, Teri (Matt) Dean of Vacaville, CA and many nieces and nephews by marriage.


Dave was born on April 4, 1941, in Cook County, IL.  In 1950, his parents moved the family to Rothbury, MI, where he attended Hiteman School. After graduating from Montague High School in 1959, he married Barbara Seaver on December 5th and began a career at Howmet Corp. He received a call to ministry in 1976 and left Howmet to become a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Dave graduated from Baptist University of America in Decatur, GA, in 1978 and was pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Roswell, GA, until 1991.

From 1992 until 2010, "Pastor Dave", as he loved to be called, served as Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, MD. These were exciting and rewarding years of ministry for the Kingdom of Heaven. Many souls were saved, believers baptized, and lives changed to the glory of God.

Pastor Dave had a special ability to build and encourage men to be strong, godly leaders at home and in the church.

In 2010, Pastor Dave resigned as Senior Pastor at Fellowship Baptist and he and Barb moved back to Montague. It was here that they began ministering to hurting churches in Hawaii, Maryland, and Michigan through Interpas Ministries.  He truly loved people!

Golfing was his favorite earthly past time.  Even on the fairway, he was an encourager and a gentleman. Dave was a voracious reader, John Wayne fan, red-blooded American Patriot, and perpetual student.

David J. Owczarski was a loving and faithful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and servant of the Lord. He will be remembered with joy and deeply missed until we meet again at Jesus' feet.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 27th from 5-8 pm at Harris Funeral Home in Shelby and will continue on Thursday morning, 10 am at Faith Baptist Church in Dalton Twp.,3593 Whitehall Road, Muskegon until the funeral service at 11 am also at the church.  Memorials to either Faith Baptist Church, Fellowship Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro, MD or the Oceana Right to Life are appreciated.

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