CMU Mourns the Loss of Dan Bookey

MOUNT PLEASANT - Longtime Central Michigan athletics equipment coordinator Dan Bookey died Sunday, Aug. 30. He was 69 years old.

Bookey spent more than three decades with the CMU athletics department, serving primarily as the equipment coordinator for the football program.

Visitation is Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. at Clark Family Funeral Chapel in Mount Pleasant. The funeral service is Thursday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Bookey's obituary is below. More information is availble through the Clark Family Funeral Chapel's Web site.

 

Daniel Lee Bookey

Born: September 23, 1939

Died: August 30, 2009

Services: Thursday, September 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Visitation: Wednesday, September 2nd from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Daniel Lee “Book” Bookey, born September 23, 1939 in Belding, MI, died August 30, 2009. His family was with him for several weeks before he passed away peacefully at his summer home ‘Cozy Nest’ in Six Lakes, MI.

He was able to stay at his summer home in Six Lakes, MI due to the excellent patient care he received from his nurse, Deb Curtis, and others at Hospice of Michigan.

Dan Attended Sunscape Chapel, Casa Grande, Arizona and the Pleasure Point Church at Six Lakes, Michigan. He dearly loved the friendships he made at his summer home in Six Lakes, and his winter home in Casa Grande.

Dan will be remembered for his unconditional love by his wife of 48 years, Glenda; his son, Stuart (Dona) Bookey; his Daughter, Kathy (Jack) Hacker, and his pride and joy, granddaughter, Danielle Lee Ahlers (his namesake). He is also survived by his brother Dick (Jane) Bookey; his twin sister Diane (Doug) Sharrar; his wife’s family, Sharon (Tom) Able, Caroline Merrill, Sara (Jim) Thering, Wesley (Linda) Merrill, Katherine (Ron) Sluyter, and many nieces and nephews.

For thirty-two years, Dan was with the athletic department at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. On his retirement plaque, it reads, “For 27 of those years, Dan served as the Athletic Equipment Coordinator and head equipment man for the Central Michigan football team. Over this time, Dan demonstrated tremendous dedication to the coaches and players that he served.” Dan was more than a man that issued equipment. He mentored, counseled, and affected the character and lives of everyone he met. Hundreds of young men are better people because of this man known to most as just “Book.” Dan developed strong friendships with athletic directors, coaches, staff, athletes, and friends at CMU.

The family would like to invite family and friends to a farewell tribute to Dan at Clark Family Funeral Chapel, Mt. Pleasant, MI. Family will be present for visitation on Wednesday, September 2nd from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. The funeral will be held on Thursday, September 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Dan’s bedtime ritual was ice cream and cake. Following his wishes, ice cream and cake will be served after his funeral.

Those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Daniel Lee Bookey and Family Scholarship Endowment Fund at Central Michigan University. This award is made on an annual basis to CMU student equipment managers in their junior year or higher who best epitomizes the character traits of Dan Bookey: selflessness, dedication, integrity and love of the game. Envelopes will be available at the funeral Chapel. Contributions may also be mailed to his son, Suart Bookey at 4159 S. Leaton Road, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.

Memorials: Daniel Lee Bookey and Family Scholarship Endowment Fund

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