David Tyson Peahl

July 2, 1952 ~
August 2, 2022

David Tyson Peahl, age 70, of Wayland, passed away unexpectedly on August 2, 2022. Dave began his adventurous life from a young age. He spent his childhood surrounded by his close-knit family on Lake Minnetonka; a place that held fond memories of lake activities, skiing, and water-sports. His family moved to Wheaton, IL and he graduated from Wheaton Central High School in 1970. He attended Huron College in South Dakota and later played soccer at College of Dupage. Dave furthered his adventures with a passion for aviation and began flight training. In one year, Dave earned his private, instrument, and commercial pilot’s licenses. He continued by achieving his multi-engine and instructor rating which led to obtaining his first flying job as a flight instructor at Dupage Airport. After flying several years as a corporate pilot, he began his commercial aviation career with American Eagle in 1986. He later transferred to American Airlines as a first officer on the Boeing 737 and retired in 2017, flying internationally on the Boeing 787. In retirement his passion for flying continued to impact others as he began to instruct and mentor aviation enthusiasts. He kept active playing hockey, snow skiing, waterskiing, and traveling with his wife, Treece. Dave was a mentor and teacher at heart and will be remembered for many inspiring stories and life lessons. With a gift of conversation, Dave had a genuine, compassionate interest in connecting with people. His happiest times were spent at the lake or anywhere with his family, grandchildren and dear friends. He will be greatly missed for his smile, ambition to make meaningful connections with everyone he met, and his positive outlook on life. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Jeanne Peahl. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 31 years, Patrice; children, Matthew Peahl, Kirstin Peahl, Brendan Peahl; grandchildren, Taylor, Kristien, Graysen, Madison; siblings, Robert (Melodie) Peahl, Susan (Jeff Bradley) Peahl; step-mother, Margaret Peahl; step-siblings, Douglas (Patricia) Grunnet, Mike (Deb) Grunnet, Vickie (David) Halvorson; numerous nieces, nephews and was inspiring in so many lives that he was acknowledged as uncle and grandpa by many. Relatives and friends may meet the family Wednesday, August 10, from 5-8 pm at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4646 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood. A memorial service will be held at 12pm Thursday, August 11, with an hour of visitation prior, at Gun Lake Community Church, 12200 W M 179 Hwy, Wayland, with Pastor Dan Beyer officiating. Family requests fellow pilots to come in their uniform. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association and pilots may donate to the APA Emergency Relief and Scholarship Fund. https://www.alliedpilots.org/Home/Emergency-Relief-and-Scholarship-Fund

Visitation
Wednesday, August 10
5:00pm - 8:00pm

MKD - Kentwood
4646 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
Kentwood, MI 49508

Phone: (616) 455-1535

Visitation
Thursday, August 11
11:00am - 12:00pm

Gun Lake Community Church
12200 W. M179 Hwy
Wayland, MI 49348

Memorial Service
Thursday, August 11
12:00pm

Gun Lake Community Church
12200 W. M179 Hwy
Wayland, MI 49348

Leave Your Tribute Message

August 09, 2022 9:53pm
A fond memory of Dave is whenever he saw me whither walking in airport , sitting in the crew room or working as his flight attendant he would always say “Hey Tee Jones” my full name. 🙂 What a great guy to have known and worked with!!! He will be remembered!!! Prayers to his beloved family!!!

- Tee Jones

August 09, 2022 9:52pm
A fond memory of Dave is whenever he saw me whither walking in airport , sitting in the crew room or working as his flight attendant he would always say “Hey Tee Jones” my full name. 🙂 What a great guy to have known and worked with!!! He will be remembered!!! Prayers to his beloved family!!!

- Tee Jones

August 09, 2022 2:43pm
To the Family and Friends of Captain Dave Peahl, I first met Dave in 1986 when Dave got hired at Simmons Airlines. Larry Simmons had started an airline in 1980 to serve the UP to provide a more direct route to Lansing and Detroit. I was hired at DTW in March of that year to make a total of 4 pilots with the two 8 passenger piper Navajos that replaced 2 Aerostars that had been used as charter planes previously. Things happened quickly for the airline and that year we more than doubled , added a Chicago route and acquired our first 19 passenger turbo-prop aircraft. By 1982 we fleet of about 14 aircraft and over 60 pilots serving Detroit, Chicago and most of the surrounding midwest states and in 1988 American Airlines bought Simmons Airlines. I moved to the Marquette area in late 1980 serving as chief pilot and watched this little airline grow which never stopped growing until the events of September of 2001. One of the reasons that Simmons was so successful is because of the character and the commitment of the employees and especially the pilots, like Dave Peahl. Dave made a great impression during his interview and was hired immediately and later, actually became my chief pilot. Dave had such a wonderful personality and had all of the characteristics that make a good pilot. Everyone liked flying with Dave and learning from Dave. He was always positive and a good problem solver as well. Over the years I had the pleasure of training him, Susan and I flew with him on the line and spent time with him on layovers. We enjoyed being around him and his zest for life, family, friends, flying and of course, water skiing! In 1999 I transferred to American Airlines and regretfully lost touch with Dave. But all of us can remember the ones that shine brightly in our lives. Those of you that had the privilege of knowing Dave, know that he continues to shine. He will be greatly missed. Rick & Susan Keeney, Airline pilot, flight attendant - retired

- Rick and Susan Keeney

August 08, 2022 10:40pm
Only a few times we were lucky to meet Dave, within those times, I was fascinated with his stories and his love for his children and grandchildren showed so deeply. Rest In Peace Dave and fly high watching over your loved ones. Prayers and our very deepest condolences to the Peahl family from our family back 616.

- Nikki Kozielec & Jean Walsh

August 08, 2022 10:17pm
to the Peahl family Dave was one of the first person I met when our family move to Wheaton we where friends. He will be missed & I hope we will meet again in the next life.

- gregory sharp

August 08, 2022 9:56pm
Dear Peahl Family: I have never met any of you, but I can say I had the pleasure and honor to know Dave. I really only met him a few years ago when we started playing hockey together on the same team at the Eagles ice rink 60 and over league. The author of his obituary really nailed it IMO. I can add that not only was Dave a good and enthusiastic hockey player, but also a great human being and a fine addition to our men's league. He had a larger than life personality, a huge heart, and was always a great presence in the locker room and in the lobby after games where we tip a beer or two. He was one of those unique individuals in life where one could rightly ask, "who wouldn't like/love him?" He will be sadly missed, and my condolences to your family. I would've liked to attend one of the functions on Wednesday or Thursday, but unfortunately I'm out of town this week. God bless Dave and his family. Jerry Gross

- Jerry Gross

August 08, 2022 3:38pm
Dear Dave, I was really looking forward to spending time with you when on the lake for a week August 18-25. You remind me a lot of my husband, and I was excited about us all spending time together. I knew you two would get along great! You have a peaceful soul and yet seem to have such a zest for life! A gentle giant. I am not sure why God wanted you at this time in your life. I know that your family and none of us were ready to let you go. But one thing I know for sure is that the only thing that you care about now is that your family is taking care of. Knowing how special you were to so many, I am sure we will all do our best to make this happen. We will miss you but know you will always be there in spirit.

- Rhonda Moran

August 08, 2022 12:41pm
Our memories of Dave are just to many to recount all of them here. There were few conversations with him that didn't include "Remember that lake volleyball game where you tried to tell me how to play the game?" He loved that we shared a competitive spirit. Dave found something to love about everyone that he met and that is what made him so loveable in return. He lived life large and always with a smile. We will miss his stories and the feeling that the sun shined just a little brighter when we were with him. He loved his family and is so proud of each of his kids. I pray that each of you feel his spirit each time the sun is shining down on you!

- Deb and Tracy Schwind

August 08, 2022 8:20am
I will always remember the times that we had and the meaningful conversations that we shared. I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful cousins and although my heart is missing you I know that another angel has gone home. David always lived life to the fullest and his contagious smile will be with us forever. - Wendy Boutell -

- Wendy Boutell

August 07, 2022 8:04pm
Dave was a kind hearted soul! I don’t think he knew how much Dawn and I appreciated him always making sure Dawn got on the airplane when flying ORD-GRR! He wouldn’t get on the airplane until he made sure Dawn got a seat! That meant the world to us! May GOD wrap his loving arms around you and your family! Randy Hoffman

- Randy Hoffman

August 07, 2022 7:16pm
We were so saddened to hear of Dave's passing. Dave was such an accomplished man, and a kind and caring person. The last time we spoke to him was just a couple weeks ago when he stopped over to talk. He really cared about others and will be so missed by this Gun Lake community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Norm, , Beverly and Daniel Anderson.

- Beverly Anderson, Norman Anderson and Daniel Ander

August 07, 2022 9:52am
Always a smile and a friendly hello. He added humor and fun to every conversation. A great person to know and be around. He will, indeed, be missed by everyone who knew him.

- Norm & Sharron Root

August 06, 2022 4:21pm
Too many memories to pick a favorite but one has been coming to mind this week of when we were boating with “umppa Dave” Uncle Dave, and a toy blew off the boat and without even thinking first Umppa Dave went flying off the boat and retrieved the toy for a very happy toddler niece! He was a big teddy bear with a HUGE heart! Will miss his laugh, his smile, his stories and his presence in the room! Heaven has a great soul arriving and we were blessed while we had him here. RIP Umppa Dave, We love you, Mike and Karen xoxo

- Mike and Karen

August 06, 2022 12:51pm
We will miss your “keeping in touch “ phone calls and visits. You have touched so many lives and will be missed by many! We will celebrate your life as you celebrate eternity! Uncle Chuck & Auntie Elaine

- Uncle Chuck & Auntie Elaine

August 06, 2022 12:11pm
Dave passed doing what he loved. We have lots of memories at his lake home enjoying him and his family. He was the best pilot we ever flew with! May he Rest In Peace! Chuck and Elaine

- Chuck & Elaine Peahl

August 06, 2022 11:30am
To the Peahl Family and Friends and all loved ones: Life is short..... but it is wide. Dave made sure to go from one end of that spectrum to the other end, quickly, and then right back again, repeating it all throughout the years. To fly west is something we all must do, and as always, it's done too early. The pleasure of flying with Dave was boundless. He is "a damn good stick", as we say, and as as been alluded to already, not only a good aviator, but the proverbial spinner of yarns too!! It always made for an enjoyable four day trip with Dave, not knowing on which soapbox, or which rabbit hole, or what four hour witticism would await his flying partner. Life is now more grey with Dave not in it, even though we haven't seen each other in a few years. To know he's up there looking down on us is a great re-assurance. Also, and I can say with great alacrity, he's also probably water skiing with St Peter as I type this. Until one day we fly again Dave, where we all meet at the bar, there will be no regrets, no recriminations, no excuses, just all us aviators drinking and singing around a piano, where the tales are tall, and so are our hearts, knowing that Dave, left everyone he touched, no matter how brief or breadth, better for it. God Bless Ya Dave, and to all the Peahls and all of us, for having this great experience of knowing Dave.

- Graham R Bitner

August 06, 2022 10:48am
While we always wonder why, we find peace in knowing this is God's plan. Dave was one of a kind and we feel blessed to have known him. He will be missed by so many. Our hearts are sadden by his passing. Jeff and Rhonda

- Jeff and Rhonda

August 06, 2022 10:23am
The “teller of tales” has slipped the “surly bonds of earth” and will entertain the heavens with stories of adventure and family. Dave has indeed “put his hand out and touched the face of God” “where never a lark or ever an eagle flew”. We feel eternally blessed that he touched our lives so positively and his memories will carry us through the years.

- The Riehls

August 06, 2022 9:00am
You lived life to its fullest, you’ve touched so many peoples lives. Our lives just won’t be the same. So soar in heaven, We love you, God speed Dave

- Ron and Pam




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