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Our dear father and husband, David “Dave” A. Shrewsberry, of Sunnyside, peacefully passed away Thursday, October 19, 2023, at Harborview Medical Center, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Dave was born on August 18, 1944, in Prosser, Washington to Clyde and Mary Shrewsberry. Dave attended the Denny Blaine School in Sunnyside, Washington as a young boy. He graduated from Sunnyside High School with the class of 1962, also referred to as “The Class with Class”. Dave built many long-lasting friendships during those years, and many of those relationships remain today.
While attending Yakima Valley College, Dave met his “sweetie”, the love of his life, Karen. Dave and Karen began their 54-year marriage and love story on May 3, 1969. Dave and Karen had three children: Lynn, Kay and Keri.
Dave worked for his dad intermittently at Shrewsberry Motors. He enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1966 and served for 22 years. Dave began his career in men’s clothing while working at Lee Semon Menswear in Sunnyside. It has been said that he taught many people how to tie their first tie during those years. In 1985, Dave continued his passion for serving others by helping them look their best, by opening his own men’s clothing store: Bigg, Longe & Littel. At one point, he even opened a skateboard shop, called Wet Wax, for his son.
In 1991, Dave went to work for Standard Paint & Flooring in Sunnyside. He held various positions, including manager. He looked forward to donut Fridays and helping families choose the next color for their homes, but mostly he looked forward to connecting with people and the conversations they shared. He worked there until 2021, when he suffered a stroke and was nudged into retirement.
During his life, Dave was a member of many community organizations, including Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary.
Dave was a man of high morals, a strong work ethic, and he was a great conversationalist. Dad could travel anywhere and find someone he knew. Above all, he will be remembered as a devoted husband and an amazing father, grandfather, son, brother, cousin, and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Dave is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Roger, and his grandson, Chance Shrewsberry. He is survived by his loving wife, Karen, his children: Lynn Shrewsberry (Brenda), Kay LaRoche (Sean), Keri Shrewsberry (Brady) and his grandson, Jackson. He is also survived by many special cousins and good friends, who meant so much to him.
Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is caring for the family. Viewing will be at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside on Thursday, October 26th from 4-7pm and Friday, October 27th from 8:30am-12pm. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 27th at 1:00pm at Smith’s. Please join us in celebrating a life well-lived. Burial will follow with Military Honors at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to sign Dave's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.