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David Humphrey

David Lee Humphrey

Wednesday, November 3rd, 1948 - Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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David L. Humphrey of Kentwood, Michigan, age 71, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Tupelo, MS on November 3, 1948. David is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Joyce (more affectionately known as "Rosebud"); children, Stella (Marcus) Vander, David Humphrey Jr., Katina (Arthur) Sharp, and Monica Humphrey; many brothers, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of other family members. He is preceeded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. David was a devoted educator and spent most of his career teaching 6th grade at John Ball Zoo School. In his spare time David enjoyed singing, fishing, golfing, cheering for the University of Michigan and helping out at the Zoo School even after retirement. He will be deeply missed by family, friends, students and all who knew him. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to John Ball Zoo in David's name.
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David Afman

Posted at 01:22am
Mr. H had a lasting impact on me and so many others. I remember him distinctly through my formative year in zoo school in the early 90's slathering on his cologne so thick you could tell where he was in the room just by scent (right after cooking up chitterlings), helping us diagram atoms, and walking us through "Animal Farm," listening to our "openings" or just giving a smile and a joke as we walked in the room. He was always warm, a great educator who, along with Mr. K, got WAY more out of us than most any typical group of 6th graders. I am so very grateful for his impact on me and his years of compassionately pushing kids to be their best. - Dave Afman
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Felicia Crawford

Posted at 11:17am
Mr. Humphrey was truly a great man. We were so privileged to have him at Zoo School to encourage us to pursue knowledge, with excellence, vigor, humor and humility. I didn’t fully appreciate his brilliance at at the time. No teacher has come close to inspiring me the way he did. All it took was that look he would give me and I knew I had to re-write the paper or re-do the assignment. “Is this your best work?” is a question that I continue to ask myself, professionally and personally. Any modicum of success I achieve is a part of his legacy. I later came to know him personally as Uncle David and saw the wonderful family man he was. Blessed to have had him in my life and I thank the family for sharing him with us. Know that many are sharing in your loss. Praying for comfort and peace for each of you.
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Leroy Clay III

Posted at 03:27pm
An awesome man w/ a gr8 heart 4 all people, espec his family. I'm so thankful 2 have known u. Love u always "Pop". My love and prayers 2 the family!
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John Fordney

Posted at 09:12pm
Great memories of cooking dinners at the meadow at Camp Hayo-Went-Ha, and singing campfire songs in the teepee. Dave was, and always will be, a legend.
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Annette Nelson

Posted at 02:51pm
Thank you for the memories at the meadow during end of the year camp, Mr. H!
You will be dearly missed by the Zoo School community!
- Aly Nelson, Zooie Alumni
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