David Carmichael loved the outdoors, and enjoyed spending his time fishing and taking trips to Canada and Michigan.
He loved family get-togethers at the Michigan cabin, where he spent time with his siblings and family, said his wife, Bonnie Carmichael.
“He believed in God, country and family,” she said.
David Carmichael, 75, of Valparaiso, died March 27. He retired from Bethlehem Steel in 2000. Following his retirement, he worked at Sears Hardware, Valparaiso, for 10 years. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Valparaiso. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Bonnie Carmichael said she met her husband between Christmas and New Years, while she was a senior in high school. The couple were married right after she graduated, and were married for 50 years.
“He was an amazing person,” she said. “He was an amazing father, and taught our children so much.”
He loved his grandchildren, and enjoyed taking his grandson to the parks to see the ducks.
After he retired, he decided to go to chef’s school and learn to cook, and became good at making soups and stews as well as cooking fish.
After he finished chef’s school, he decided to become a master gardener. He planted his seeds in the basement and then transplanted them into the garden. He would can and freeze his vegetables, and was especially known for the sauerkraut he made, she said.
“People loved his sauerkraut, and he would pass it out at Christmastime,” she said.
Bonnie Carmichael said many of his former co-workers came to his services to tell her how much they had learned from him, and how he was always willing to teach someone how to do something the right way.
“He was always fair and honest,” she said. “He was always interested in what others had to say, and he was a good listener.”