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Obituary: David A. Niven

November 1, 1956 – August 11, 2023

David A. Niven David A. Niven, born November 1, 1956, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 11, 2023. After a 17 month long battle with stage 4 lung cancer, David was welcomed into Heaven by his wife, Mary Bernadette Niven, whom he married on November 11th, 1978, his father and mother Donald and Doris Niven (Raber) and his older brother Dale Niven. David passed away only 20 days after his wife, which if you knew David and Mary, then you know that is just their love story. A faithful testament of true love.

Together, they had three children Nicholas David Niven, Brittney Ann Kurczewski (Michael), and Bridgette Dee Sockel (Michael). He was a devoted Papa to eight beautiful grandchildren, Brayden Kurczewski, Brody Niven, Aubrey Kurczewski, Caleigh Niven, Camden Kurczewski, Gavin Niven, Willow Sockel, and Finleigh Sockel.

Family was everything to David, his top priority. He selflessly placed others’ needs before his own. Such as caring for his wife for many many years that she was ill. There was not a day that he would not call or text his kids. He always loved being dad, but when he became a Papa, he held that dear and near to his heart. His grandkids will forever remember his Donald Duck impersonations to his goofy, fun personality that would make them laugh hysterically.

David was a dear brother to Don Niven (Sharon), Late Dale Niven, Dann Niven, and Debra Haynes (Trent). Loving uncle to many, many nieces and nephews.

David thrived for many years in sales; earning many awards but, later found his true calling as a Union laborer. Which suited him so well, he was not a man to just sit, he had to be busy! He “unofficially” retired March of 2022.

David was a man of faith and a proud Scotsman. He also loved sports but Notre Dame Football and Blackhawks Hockey were his favorites. His children reminisce in him saying “We are?” followed by the kids saying “ND”. His favorite past time hobbies were boating and camping. A few years before David’s diagnosis he and Mary were able to spend two years straight traveling and camping, just enjoying their time together! May David have eternal rest with his wife Mary as his legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren.

Visitation Tuesday, August 22, 2023, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 3 p.m. at Village Church 14849 W. 93rd Avenue Dyer, IN, with Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Memorial donations may be given to the American Lung Association.

Arrangements entrusted to Smits Funeral Home 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN. For further information, please contact 219-322-7300.

Smits Funeral Homes
Smits Funeral Homes
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