David Douglas Erwin
September 9, 1945-August 27, 2018
David Douglas Erwin, 72, passed away on August 27, 2018 from natural causes after years battling diabetes. Born in Vincennes, IN, to Claude Winford and Irma Helen Erwin. David spent his childhood in Lawrence County. He developed a passion for everything sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, as a result of listening to their games on the radio with his parents for years. He became a lifelong fan and overall sports enthusiast. He was a 1963 graduate of Needmore High School and went on to play first base for Indiana University Baseball but after injury transferred to Indiana State, where he graduated with a teaching degree in 1968. He went on to pursue his love of coaching as both a math teacher and coach for schools in Casey (IL), Bartow (FL), Bedford (BNL) and on to finish his career in Indianapolis at Lawrence North. At Lawrence North, David helped the school capture numerous state championships. Those included basketball in 1989 and multiple track and field championships. Through his teaching and coaching, David was able to help guide and shape the lives of numerous young men and women, helping influence them on who and what they’d become later in life. As an avid, some may say rabid, sports fan, David continued to follow sports throughout his life. He especially loved watching his 14 grandchildren play sports. He was able to see his Cardinals, in person, grab a World Series title. David was also a big fan of everything IU as well as a huge Indianapolis Colts fan, catching them win a Super Bowl title over the Bears. He loved collecting sports memorabilia, traveling and sampling restaurants across the country.
David is survived and will be missed by many. These include, but are not limited to, daughters, Jacquie Berry-Schroedle (Pete) and Kahla Grace (Ryan) of Fishers, IN; prior wives Cheri McDaniel Calvert and Linda Donlan Erwin of Fishers, IN; sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn and Merlin Root of Bedford; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Brenda Erwin of Bloomington; stepchildren Kasey Shade (Matt), Tom McConnell (Sarah) and Kristy McConnell: grandchildren Carter, Hayden, Quincy, Cooper, Harper, Turner, Jack, Ashlynn, Lila, Macie, Tommy, Adam, Brandon and Christina; nieces Tonya Rensi (Ed), Kamila Binkley (Craig), and Andrea Erwin; and his nephew Eric Erwin. David also had a nephew, Brian Root, who proceeded his passing. David spent his last three years living in Virginia with his significant other, Peggy Kirkman, who was his caretaker until the end.
Services will be hosted at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes (818 18th St, Bedford) on Wednesday September 5. Public visitation will be 11:30am-2:30pm. The burial will follow at Judah Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bedford Little League Baseball, 2009 19th Street, Bedford, Indiana 47421.
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