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David John Champion

Posted 2017-02-16 by mhenderson
Today's News-Herald, Lake Havasu City, AZ
>>> Published on Thursday, February 16, 2017 <<<

David John Champion, 98, of Lake Havasu City, passed away Feb. 10,

He was born Feb. 20, 1918 in Weedville, Pennsylvania.

David enlisted in the Army and was proud to serve our country from
1943-1945. He was part of the second wave of soldiers who landed on
Normandy Beach in World War II.

He was born and raised in Pennsylvania, but then moved to Chicago.
There, David married his wife Violet Mae Kustaborder in 1943 and
lived there until 1977.

The couple decided to further their adventure and made Havasu their
home in 1977. They shared 35 wonderful years together before she
went to be with the Lord in 1979. David was fortunate enough to find
love again and married Maureen Hendricks in December 1993. They
enjoyed 17 years together before she passed away in 2011.

David enjoyed many things in life. He played on a senior men’s
softball league in Havasu at age 75, loved to bowl, hike, travel and
play golf. He also taught himself how to play the guitar. Playing by
ear, he entertained the whole family for many years. David was a
member of Havasu’s VFW Post #9401.

David is preceded in death by his first wife, Violet Mae Champion
and second wife, Maureen Champion (Hendricks), his mother, father,
stepfather, as well as eight brothers and sisters.

He is survived by daughters Darlinna (Phil) Livingston, Sandra
(Sherwood) Sanders and Nancy (Raymond) Greinke, stepchildren Sandi
(Kevin) Gunder, Shelly Myer Hendricks, Kurt Hendricks, nine
grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and three great-great-

Visitation is at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home Feb. 17 at noon, with a
funeral service following at 1 p.m.

Services were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home.

Thoughts and condolences can be sent to the Champion family at

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