David Joseph Celie

Died: Sat., Feb. 8, 2014

No services to be held


1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 15, 2014
Location: Hahn Funeral Home

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Osceola-David Joseph Celie, age 62, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 8th at his home in Osceola surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on December 2nd, 1951 in Mishawaka, Indiana to the late Leon and Irene Celie.  He is survived by his wife Deanna Cessna, daughter Erin Cessna, brother and sister-in-law Tom and Diane Celie, Sister and brother-in-law Mary Lou and Mike Watson, nieces Jennifer Henke, Michelle Horvath, Stephanie Watson and nephew Todd Celie.
After graduating from Marian High School he attended Ball State University, moved west to California where he learned to hang glide and made many friends.  While in California he took a job working with mentally ill adults in a residential facility designed to help the resident’s transition to independent life in the community.  He had a genuine natural gift for this work and spoke throughout his life with great respect and fondness in recalling the individuals he cared for there.  His next adventure took him to Sacramento City College where he studied and earned an Associate in Science-Aviation Maintenance Technician degree.  The positive impression he made on his instructors lead to a job as a helicopter mechanic and took him to Alaska for three years where he took many wonderful photographs and has delighted over the years in recalling the part he played in some impressive pranks among a bunch of mechanics isolated and with perhaps too much time on their hands occasionally.  After his return to Mishawaka he continued working as an aircraft mechanic and turned his attention toward computers with the same intense focus he gave to each of the many interests he pursued over the course of his life.  For the last decade he has provided IT support for the physicians, their families and the staff of the business office with Radiology, Inc.
David’s interest in mastering the universe became a life full of achievement and adventure.  His interests included archery, aviation, photography, painting, drawing, SCUBA diving, coin collecting, the making and enjoyment of fine tequila and handgun marksmanship.  To the delight of his family, he spent an entire summer perfecting his technique and process for barbequing ribs.  Once he turned his attention to a thing, he found out everything he could and never seemed happier than when sharing what he learned with anyone interested.  His unique sense of humor resulted in many hours of laughter for every life he touched.  He collected toy helicopters, read voraciously and his favorite holiday was always Halloween.  He enjoyed attending concerts and plays, he loved his family and was extraordinarily good company.  He will be lovingly missed by many including fellow pilots, professional colleagues, extended family members and friends.
Visitation for David will be held on Saturday, February 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hahn Funeral Home 505 W. 8th St. Mishawaka, IN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation P.O. Box 1848 Longmont, CO 80502 or to the American Heart Association 3816 Paysphere Circle Chicago, IL 60674-0001.

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Linda Mullenix
   Posted Wed February 12, 2014
The office will never be the same without you ..... your smile will always be missed. You were so funny....

Deanna and Erin.... I am so sorry for your loss .... I know the loss of Dave will be a hard one. He was a special person. I wish I could take away your pain.... and say something that would mend your broken heart ... but at times like this.... there are really no words.... just I am sorry.

Becky Jester
   Posted Wed February 12, 2014
Dave you were an awesome person to know..I am glad that I had the chance to listen to some of your stories..and to chat with you from time to time.. You will be missed..

Sally Ferguson
   Posted Thu February 13, 2014
Deanna and family what a beautiful tribute to David! I wanted to share this poem with you as it always brings a smile to my face as I think of my loved ones who have passed. I hope it brings you comfort too.

The Little Ship

I stood watching as the little ship sailed out to sea.

The setting sun tinted his white sails with a golden light, and as he disappeared from sight, a voice at my side whispered, "He is gone."

But the sea was a narrow one.

On the farther shore a little band of friends had gathered to watch and wait in happy expectation.

Suddenly they caught sight of the tiny sail and, at the very moment when my companion had whispered, "He is gone" a glad shout went up in joyous welcome,

"Here he comes!"

Much Love,
Sally Ferguson

Bruce and Lori Park
   Posted Thu February 13, 2014
Deanna and Erin,

Our hearts are broken with the news of David's passing. We feel so fortunate that we had the chance to meet him on your last trip to Montana. We were graced with his gentle spirit and the love he showed towards you, Deanna.

Thank you for sharing him with us.

Love and prayers,
Bruce and Lori

Edith Wark
   Posted Thu February 13, 2014
What a beautiful path of life, he walked...He left his memory here on the patio. My love and sympathy to all his loved ones....g.g.

Peggy Gierlach
   Posted Thu February 13, 2014
Deanna, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of David. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Vonnie Nagel
   Posted Thu February 13, 2014

What an awesome tribute to a man who touched many lives and lived life to the fullest for the time he had to share. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Erin.

Susan and Tom Fischbach
   Posted Thu February 13, 2014
Dave was a wonderful, funny person. We always enjoyed working with him. Praying for the family in this very sad time.

Sandy Jewell
   Posted Sun February 16, 2014
Keeping you and your family in constant prayer.

Joanne Squires
   Posted Fri February 21, 2014

I am sorry for your loss, as it was expressed earlier, there are little to no words to remove the pain. Just know we're here to come along side of you and support you emotionally. And to listen if your in need.
It was a beautifully written Obituary giving tribute to David, he sounds like he was an amazing man and what a wonderful blessing you had him in your life all those years.
My prayer is that as you go through this season of grieving the love of your life that you reach out and allow us to be there for you.
I am availible any time you'd like....
And once again...I am so very sorry for your loss.

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