ANN ARBOR – David C. Koory, 71, an Ann Arbor resident and officially Calumet, died October 24, 2021 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor of natural causes.
He entered this world at Calumet Hospital on June 29, 1950 and was welcomed by his loving parents, Clarence and Erma Koory. He attended local schools and graduated from Calumet High School with the class of 1968. David enjoyed sports and participated in both athletics and football while in high school.
In his youth, David played baseball all summer with his friends. When fall arrived, football became the game of choice. Even with the lack of proper football equipment, the competition continued leading to bruises and muscle sprains. Such were the days of his youth.
After high school, he served two enlistments in the United States Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. During his service, David repaired Enterprise’s fighter jets and also maintained communications equipment aboard the ship.
His naval experience continued into his civilian career as a merchant marine aboard Great Lakes ore ships and David continued to sail the Great Lakes until cold weather on the lakes worsened his arthritis. He then moved on to seafaring, which allowed him to see much of the world.
David met the love of his life, Cristina Pascual, during his global adventure as a sailor and they were married on September 9, 1990. They enjoyed the friendship and bond between them which grew stronger over the course of their years of marriage. Together, David and Cristina explored life with great enthusiasm.
It was very evident that David was filled with the love of Christ because of his desire to seek God. This was demonstrated when he lent a helping hand to anyone in need. His faith in Christ will one day be very evident when we see him in heaven.
David was predeceased by his parents.
David is survived by: his wife, Cristina Koory of Ann Arbor; sisters, Yvonne Harju of Portage, Wisconsin, Carol (Jerry) Leinonen of Calumet; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A private service will be planned this summer.