David Gregory Gerst Sr., age 91 of Lowell, MI & Naples, Fl., entered Eternal life Saturday, March 6, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife, E. Joyce (2010); daughter, Pamela Ann (1977); and siblings. David is survived by his children, Susan (Peter) Rigas, David (Leslie) Gerst Jr., Mark (Michelle) Gerst; grandchildren, David (Angela) Rigas, Dr. David (Dr. Monica) Gerst III, Molly (Bryan) Anderson, Meghan (Garrett) Runion, Paulina (Jesse Guevara-Lehker) Levy, Remington Gerst, Marc Gerst; Nick (Serena) Rigas, Katie (Matt) DeCamp, Susie Rigas, Kevin (Kira) Tyler, Kelsey Tyler; 21 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Kay Hinkston; also, nieces and nephews. He was born in Traverse City, MI September 20, 1929. David served in the United States Marines during the Korean Conflict. He and wife Joyce started their family funeral businesses in 1969 by purchasing O’Brien-Gerst Funeral Home, in 1972 Roth-Gerst Funeral Home, and also, he and his sons acquired Eggebeen-Gerst Funeral Home in the early 80’s. Dave loved and enjoyed the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, boating, and living his retirement years in Naples, Fl. that he fondly referred to as “Another day in paradise”. He was a good, quiet, solid, caring man that will be missed. Dave’s family would like to say a special thanks to Porter Hills, Senior Helpers, Green Acres, Amy R., and Emmanuel Hospice staff for the wonderful care given to our dad and grandpa. Visitation will take place Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 1-3pm at ROTH-GERST CHAPEL, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell, MI 49331, and 6-8pm at O’BRIEN-EGGEBEEN-GERST CHAPEL, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, March 11, 2021, 1pm at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2750 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Mass may be viewed at https://youtu.be/dvg4TKk2htU Rev. Michael Goodwin, Msgr. Ernest Schneider, and Rev. Troy Nevins concelebrants. Masks and social distancing will be required at all locations. Interment Findlay Cemetery, Ada Twp. Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Hospice, 401 Hall Street, Ste 263, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.