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David  Henry Zepniewski
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“Dave was one of the nicest co-workers to deal with at our time at Chrysler together. He was always cheerful and with a smile on his face. I am truly...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Ian Sharp - Milford, MI

“God speed Dave; going to miss your help/friendship at rallies ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Jeff Secor - friend

“Dave was a wonderful guy to work with at Chrysler. I feel very fortunate that I was able to get to know him. Love and prayers are sent to his family...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: chris marcotte - durand, MI

“We are so saddened to hear of Dave's untimely passing. Both of us worked with Dave at Chrysler in Scientific Labs & Proving Grounds. Dave was the ...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: John & Dawn Waack - Novi, MI

“Life doesn't seem fair sometimes. Your father was one of the good guys. We will miss him terribly. Our condolences to you all! ”
5 of 19 | Posted by: Kristi Donaldson - Marine City, MI

“First of us @ everything. Be with God my friend. ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Paul Goeddeke

“So so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. ”
7 of 19 | Posted by: T. M.

“Sorry to hear. I'll miss old Zep ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Craig marr - Chico, CA - Friend

“So sorry to hear of the passing of "Zep". He was such a great help to Craig and I with the rally car.......even when he forgot to tie it down and it...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Sans Thompson-Wilbanks - CA

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Zepniewski Family. May God grant all of you comfort and strength during this difficult time. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: The McGugan Family - Waterford, MI

“Such a Great Loss. LOL Man ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Tom. O'Dell - Rochester Hills, MI

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Zepniewski family and friends. ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: Heidi Voorhies - Westland, MI

“Dave was a stand up guy, always friendly to me even though I am a GM junkie. Great knowing you the time I did. Rest in piece. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Bryan Browning - Richmond, KY

“My deepest sympathy to Dave's family. He was a good man and will be truly missed.You are all in my family's prayers. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Tim Brooks - ALLEN PARK, MI

“My sincere condolences to the family and friends. Zep was always working on the crews of my competition, and yet I always looked forward to talking...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Eric Burmeister - Holland, MI

“Cindy: I was so shocked to hear about Dave and I'm so sorry. I can't even imagine what you must be feeling right now; my heart goes out to you. ...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Dana Shimfessel - Winchester, KY

“This is terrible news. Dave was a fantastic friend and colleague, always ready with a good (or bad) joke and some playful ribbing to keep you on your...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Stephan Z. - DE - Work Colleague

“Rest in Peace. Prayers to the family ”
18 of 19 | Posted by: Manoj Vallati - Troy, MI

“We were shocked to hear that such a wonderful man had passed away. Cindy, Shelley, and Carl you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Albert and Pam Scalzo - Algonac, MI


It was the year 1957. President Eisenhower was elected into his second term, young men were cruising around in the flashiest of cars and young ladies were fainting whenever Elvis hit the stage. It was also on December 11 that the world would welcome David Henry Zepniewski to the thriving city of Detroit, Michigan. He was the second of three children, and the first and only son born to Henry and Regina Zepniewski (née Sanowski). While Henry worked as an Engineer for Chrysler, Regina stayed at home raising the children, which, if the stories are true, must have been a full time job, as little Dave was never out of trouble. If there was any mischief he could get into, Dave was sure to find it!

The Zepniewski's moved to Harrison Township when Dave was only six years old. On Lake St. Clair, Dave would discover his lifelong love of being near and on the water. Growing up on the canal, Dave and his friend, Mark could always be found fishing, canoeing, and swimming when they were not in school. Dave was taught the many fine points of boating by his father and it didn't take Dave long to catch on.

Dave would attend L'Anse Creuse Public Schools for his formal training. While a student in high school, Dave would meet fellow classmate, Cynthia "Cindy" Bliss. Though they didn't socialize together that often in class, Dave would offer Cindy rides to her local job which she usually walked to from school. Though she was shy at first, it didn't take Cindy long to fall for the kid with the mischievous glean in his eye and the killer sense of humor. The two would date for some time and graduate together in 1976. Dave and Cindy would marry on February 11, 1978 at the historic Zion Evangelical-Lutheran Church located in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

During this time, Dave would work at a local boat yard and attend classes at Mo-Tech, a Chrysler sponsored mechanical school. It was said if you completed your training at Mo-Tech, you were considered a top-notch mechanic which Dave was and he wore this title proudly. Dave's strong mechanical skills would take him far in life; from the Rummel Cadillac Company to Chrysler Automotive. Here, Dave would rise up through the ranks starting first as a Mechanic and after thirty years of very dedicated service, he would retire with the title of Road Test Garage Manager.

Dave would later be employed by L-3 Communications in Kentucky where he built and modified miscellaneous parts for military OPS vehicles. Not long after, he would return to Michigan where he was most recently employed by the Ford Motor Company as a Calibration Technician.

Though Dave was dedicated to his profession and never minded working long, hard hours, being a family man always took first place in his heart. To Dave, the love of family and friends was the key to having a successful life. Through his children, Shelley and Carl, Dave was able to pass on his love of the outdoors, being on the water, and cars. He was a wonderful dad and always stayed active in their lives; when he wasn't at Shelley's band performances, he could be found coaching Carl's soccer team or teaching him to do doughnuts in the local high school parking lot. With his family always at his side, Dave spear-headed many an exciting vacation; from Pike's Peak to California, North Carolina to Maine (and a spontaneous stop at the Spam Museum in Minnesota), Dave's adventurous and impulsive spirit ran wild.

When he was not traveling with family, Dave could be found on racing rally cars through back roads across the country (sometimes at speeds that easily exceeded 100 miles per hour). Or you may have caught him and his neighbor, Jerry Chambers (who was more like the brother he never had) having a sling-shot fight; water balloons being the choice of ammunition. And on the days with the nicest of weather, you could overlook the lake and find Dave enjoying the day on his boat aptly named "Shaken, Not Stirred."

Dave was also quite the handyman around his home. To him, nothing was ever beyond repair. Dave, ever ready to help, seemed to always have just the tool needed to fix the problem. His mechanical skills were legendary, and people throughout his neighborhood knew that when your car, bicycle or skateboard needed mending, Dave was the man to call on and he helped many people in a bind. This world could use more men like Dave.

On April 29, 2014, at the age of fifty-six, David Henry Zepniewski suddenly passed away and left us all too soon. Though we grieve the loss of our husband, son, father, brother, uncle and friend, we will never forget the man who lived his life always ready to help someone in need. Through his actions, Dave taught us all the value of enjoying the simple things this life has to offer. He was the epitome of a good man who lived his life right and we could not have asked for anything better.

He will be greatly missed.

Dave is survived by his wife, Cindy Zepniewski; children Shelley Zepniewski and Carl Zepniewski; mother, Regina Zepniewski; siblings, Linda (Mark) Lohrer and Chris Zepniewski and many extended loved ones and dear friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his father, Henry Zepniewski.