Age 86, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 2, 2024, at the Chelsea Retirement Community. He was born June 9, 1937, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of William & Lenora (Staebler) Staebler.

Dave spent his early years working with horses and cattle, which led him to a career on ranches in several states. Upon returning to Michigan, he worked at Halliburton, Chrysler Proving Grounds. Finally, he retired from the University of Michigan after 22 years in various roles such as trucking, campus courier, and working directly with the President. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Chelsea. 

Dave was a passionate individual who loved horses and cattle. He would often enjoy a cup of coffee and share some wild and crazy stories about his past, such as when he rode his horse into the V.I. in Grass Lake! Dave was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

He would have achieved 40 years of sobriety in June and knew the importance of AA meetings and mentorship. Dave was devoted to helping others in the program.

On Aug. 26, 1960, he married Judy Kay Crain in Ann Arbor, and she preceded him in death on February 20, 2014. Survivors include two sons, Adon (Laura) of Bonita Springs, FL, and Jeffrey (Robyn) of Munith; two sisters, Kathrine (Paul) Frisinger and MaryAnn (Rick) Rickerman; six grandchildren, Britt, Kali, Elsa, Andy, Garrett, and Mikayla; three great-grandchildren, Oliver, Elsie Kay and Carson; and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Paul Staebler, a granddaughter Gabrielle, and a brother-in-law Paul Frisinger.

A public visitation was be held at Cole Funeral Chapel on Tue, February 6th, from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, with a memorial service at 7 pm. You can watch the recording of the service here.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Washtenaw Alano Club in honor of David Staebler. 

Donations/memorial contributions can be made to:
Washtenaw Alano Club
995 N. Maple Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
*Memo line to include "David/Dave Staebler"
Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.  
You may use the form below to share a memory or leave a public message for Dave's family. Please allow 24 hours for us to review and post your comment.


#5 Tammy Starr Boggs 2024-02-25 21:27
Sorry to hear about Dave's passing. I have lots of memories of him throughout the years. Have not seen him for a long time, and was sorry to hear about this.
#4 Nancy White 2024-02-04 17:11
Dear Staebler Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I worked with Dave at the U o M. He was always kind and caring. We had many good talks and I enjoyed his company.
May the Angels welcome him to paradise.
Happy to have known you Dave.
#3 Don Grimes 2024-02-04 15:52
Although i have not been in touch for quite awhile you
were in my thoughts and prayers
I enjoyed our conversations and time we spent together
you had no problems sharing your experience , strength
and hope and for that i am grateful
#2 McAlister Dave 2024-02-04 13:21
Dave Stabler was a Good Man! He shared some of his and Judy's life with me. I'll never Forget Judy's home-made cookies and the coffee we shared! The Program, drew us together, Soberity was a life we shared. I miss the sunny days sitting on the front pouch talking & laughing.
#1 Mr. & Mrs. Ball 2024-02-03 17:12
With very heavy hearts we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Staebler. please accept our sincere condolences and know that you will all be in our continued thoughts and prayers.
Billy & Sarah

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