David Russell Laurin

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. — David Russell Laurin, age 61, of Sheboygan Falls, passed away on November 15, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born in 1960 to Jim Laurin and Carole Plute. David was raised with his sisters in Calumet by his mother Carole and step-father, Sonny Plute, who he viewed as his father.

He spent his teen years driving all over the U.P. on his dirt bike with his close friends that he would have throughout his entire life. He was dubbed Davey Sprocket King of the Wild First Gear.

Following high school, David served as an Interior Communications Technician 2nd Class in the United States Navy from 1978-82. During his time, he served on the USS Shreveport (LPD-12). He had a deployment in the Mediterranean Sea, provided on-site assistance to the 1980 Cuban Flotilla and supported President Ronald Regan at the North-South Economic Summit in Cancun, Mexico. During his service he earned a Humanitarian Ribbon, Sea Service Ribbon, First Good Conduct Award and a Commander Amphibious Squadron Four Letter of Commendation.

After his time in the Navy, David used the training he received to work as an electrician for the remainder of his life. First at Bay Ship and then PBI, both in Sturgeon Bay. In 1989, He moved to Sheboygan Falls and started work at Kohler Company where he spent the last 33 years. He was known at Kohler as an exceptional troubleshooter but was always too humble to accept that recognition.

In 1990 he met his loving bride of 30 years, Marcie Krause, and her three children, Christopher, Elizabeth and Katherine. He accepted raising these children from the example he learned from his own step-father. They married on September 21, 1991. While their kids were young, they frequently vacationed in Calumet where he instilled the love of his hometown into his family. As empty-nesters they spent the majority of their time living out their dream at their cabin in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where they planned on living after retirement.

David loved spending time with family up north 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, bird hunting, trout-fishing and taking sauna. In his spare time he was teaching himself to read and write Russian. He had a passion for making drone videos and exercising his second amendment rights as often as he could. He was also a very involved and proud grandfather. Those who really knew him, knew that beneath his gruff exterior was a kind and soft-hearted man.

Survivors include hs wife: Marcie; children, Christopher (Kristi) Maki of Howards Grove, Elizabeth (Ryan) Passini of Plymouth, and Katherine Smalley of England; Grandchildren: Dominic Martin, Jenna Maki, and Emelia Passini.

He is further survived by his mother: Carole Plute of Calumet; step-mother: Carol (Joe) Kellow of Republic, six siblings, Becky (Tom) Johnson of Kearsarge; Peggy (Bruce) Gariepy of Laurium; Suzanne Roberts of Greendale, Wisconsin; Mike (Jen) Laurin of Ishpeming; Tony (Tanya) Laurin of Ishpeming, and Andy (Kate) Laurin of Menominee, Michigan; Mother-in-law, Robin Krause of Sheboygan Falls; brothers-in-law, Adam (Cyndi) Krause of Sheboygan and Matthew Krause of Sheboygan Falls; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

David was preceded in death by his father: Jim; step-father, Sonny; Grandchildren: Natalie, Benjamin, and Carter; and father-in-law: Lyle Krause.

Funeral Services was be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth with visitation, a prayer service and military rites.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in David’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit suchonfh.com.