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David Shel Franey

September 23 , 1966 - July 04 , 2023
David Shel Franey Obituary on Michigan Memorial Funeral Home

David Shel Franey

September 23 , 1966 - July 04 , 2023





David S. Franey, age 56, of Huron Township, arrived in Heaven on July 4, 2023. 

Born and raised in the Downriver and Monroe areas, Dave was a 1984 graduate of Jefferson High School Monroe, Michigan. He attended Henry Ford Community College where he studied Computer-Aided Design. As an automotive designer for 30 years, he was the creative genius at Henkel, where many of his designs were patented.

Dave was a passionate and knowledgeable individual who loved to share his interests and hobbies with others. Throughout his life, he was an outdoor sportsman who enjoyed hunting, shooting, fishing, and occasionally golfing. He was also enthusiastic about modifying cars and was an avid member of the Motor City Terminators Car Club.

Using his design talent and creativity, He hand-crafted deer habitats, hunting blinds, and shooting ranges, on his acreages of land in Manton and Huron Township, Michigan.

Dave had a charming love of John Wayne movies and 80’s heavy metal music. He enjoyed cooking and he especially loved eating a juicy steak, a spicy bite of sushi, or an authentic Cubano sandwich. Most of all, Dave loved being with and doing things for his family. He loved deeply, was generous to a fault, and always knew how to make others laugh in his presence. He lived a full life, although not long enough for those who will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his beloved children Patrick and Erin Franey, father James (Danielle) Franey, sister Laura (Michael) Strube, nephews Sean and Jackson Strube, former wife of nearly 30 years Lori Franey, aunts Alma Frazier and Diana Maloney, uncle Arthur Franey, cousins, and in-laws. Dave was also blessed to have Pat Buckley as his best friend for 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his mother Glenda Faye Faulhaber.

His cremation will take place at “The Witness Crematory” located inside of Michigan Memorial Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider making a charitable donation, in memory of Dave, to Tunnel to Towers Foundation.



  • I enjoyed having Dave for a brother-in-law and he will be missed dearly. He was always good to my sister, the kids, and our family. He was funny, light-hearted, and was passionate about the things he strongly believed in. He would dive 100% into hobbies and share his knowledge and passion with friends and family. Above all else, Dave was loyal. Once you were a member of his tribe, he’d do anything for you. I wish I would have spent more time with him before and during his illness. I’m glad that he was my brother and that he is at rest now. My Condolences

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