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Family, friends and customers are mourning the loss of David “Dave” Byrdwell

Family, friends and customers are mourning the loss of David “Dave” Brydwell

The longtime owner of Dave’s All-American Pizza and Eatery in Danville passed away on Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

In celebration of 41 years in business at the time, Dave Byrdwell graced the cover of the Hendricks County Business Leader’s July 2016 issue.

Dave was born in Kentucky but spent most of his life in Hendricks County. The Cascade High School graduate has owned and operated the pizza place since 1975 and took pride in making customers happy year after year.

 “From the entire Byrdwell family, we want to thank you for all the thoughts, prayers, and kind words. Dave enjoyed serving each and every one of his customers,” posted Dave’s family.

The restaurant will be closed on Saturday so loved ones can attend services.

Messages and prayers from customers, staffers, former employees, and community members poured in on social media.

Dave’s son, Tim Byrdwell, also shared heartfelt memories of his dad on Facebook.

“I know you’ve hiked chained rock mountain a 100 times already. There are not enough words or feelings to express how grateful I am to call you Dad. You are and will always be my hero! Enjoy your ol Kentucky home. I love you dad!” posted Tim Byrdwell, alongside a picture of his father on a trip proudly wearing his red Dave’s All-America Pizza shirt.

According to his obituary, Dave is survived by his mother, Lillian, and wife of 42 years, Sherry, along with children, Tim Byrdwell of Brownsburg, Kimberly Maltsberger of Indianapolis, and Julia (Robby) Stipek of Indianapolis. He also leaves behind his sisters, Patty (Jim) Owens of Naples, FL., Cathy (Jerry) Allen of Danville, Donna (Rob) Yeley of Clayton, and Tammy (Eric) Prouty of Lakewood Ranch, FL.

Dave was a member of Kingsway Christian Church, the Danville Kiwanis Club, and a former Danville Community School Corporation board member. He had also been active with the Indiana National Guard Helicopter Unit.

Funeral services will be held at Northview Christian Church located at 623 N. State Road 39 in Danville. Services will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

The family has asked that contributions be given to the American Cancer Society.

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