David Dale Carmichael was probably best known for his compassion and service in Fort Wayne and Muncie.
“David was a very loving and giving person who did a lot for the Fort Wayne and Muncie communities,” said Deondra Belcher, administrative assistant for Carmichael Funeral Service.
Carmichael, 51, was the owner of Fort Wayne's Carmichael Funeral Service.
He died Tuesday.
For those who knew him, he'll be forever known as a kind and generous man who enjoyed his community.
“He was just a kind and generous man,” said Anthony Payton, pastor of Come as You Are Community Church. “I've known a number of different families that didn't have the necessary finances to send their loved ones away in a manner they would like. David did everything he could to do that.”
Carmichael earned a mortuary science degree from Mid-America Funeral College in 1987 and began his professional career as owner and director of Carmichael-Gholar Funeral Home in Muncie. In 1997, he opened Carmichael Funeral Service in Fort Wayne.
Sometimes, Payton said, Carmichael would use his own funds to help meet a family's needs.
“I consider him a friend,” Payton said. “I think we've lost a great man in this community, as well as a great businessman.”
Carmichael had a natural gift for people, Payton said, and was a gentleman with a knack for handling delicate situations.
“Sometimes people say your career chooses you. His personality and his love for people, that career chose him,” Payton said. “I don't know anybody who could do what he was doing with the same personality, compassion and sense of service David had while he was facilitating that funeral service.”
In addition to his work at Carmichael Funeral Service, Carmichael was an avid supporter of area youth organizations, churches and community groups. In particular, he sponsored Metro Youth Football and Greater Fort Wayne American Youth Football.
“He was always there to contribute to anything the community needed,” Payton said. “Whatever it was, he was there. He didn't want his name on the front page, he didn't want recognition for himself or his business. He just did it.”
Visitation will be held Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at New Covenant Worship Center, 3420 E. Paulding Road, Fort Wayne, and Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Union Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 N. Macedonia Ave., Muncie.
“We ask that the community continue to pray for the Carmichael family and Carmichael Funeral Service staff,” an obituary said. “We will continue to do business as normal.”