David S. Bedford, of Elmhurst, died on January 24, 2024 at Aspirus Langlade Hospital. He was 80 years old. He was born on December 16, 1943 a son of Thomas and Eva (Antone) Spencer. He married the love of his life, April Hoeppner, on December 24, 1974.
David and April had many businesses throughout their years together, beginning with his truck repair business and moving on to the Little Black Hawk Go-Karting and Horse Trail Rides. A desire to help local teens stay out of trouble, they opened the Red Robin Teen Lounge. After moving to Flagstaff, Arizona, David was a commercial and residential building contractor for many years.
He was proud of his Native American heritage and loved making Native American Jewelry and Dream catchers. David loved telling jokes even if they weren't that funny.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, April; four daughters, Velvet Bedford of Antigo, Brandy Roudabaugh of Antigo, Theresa (Lee) Dematos of Massachusetts, and Laura Helmbrecht of Indiana; nine grandchildren, Tyson Bedford, Jr., Erik Bedford, Hudson Bedford-Swearingin, Cole Bedford, Natalie Bedford-Swearingin, Mercedes Mahaffey, Allison Byrnes, Justine Roudabaugh, and Karli Bell; four great-grandchildren, Roman, Sophia, Mona and Rio; a special nephew, Johnny Spencer; two sisters, Debra Lindemann and Lynda Spencer; five brothers, Doc (Rose) Spencer, Ron (Sandy) Spencer, Dan Spencer, Bill (Becky) Spencer, and Ken (Sue) Pacer; three sisters-in-law, Rosella Spencer, Pat Spencer and Rita Spencer. He will also be missed by his one-pound eight-ounce Yorkie, Little Star.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Tyson Bedford; two sisters, Judith and Bonnie; and four brothers, Randy, Lee, Thomas and James.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 4 at 4 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
For those who are unable to attend, David's service can be viewed LIVE at https://www.youtube.com/@bradleyfuneralhome during the time of the service.
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Antigo, WI 54409
Antigo, WI 54409
April, I think David & Larry went with Jesus at the same time! they were always enjoying talking ...so I'm glad they are together! And I am glad to still have you, my dear friend. We will see you soon. Hugs to you, and Hudson, God Bless !
We will miss Davids kindness and humor. Condolences to you April and all of Davids familyFlorist's Choice Bouquet was purchased for the family of David S. Bedford by Cornelius and Nancy DeVerney. A tree was also planted in memory of David S. Bedford
David and Hudson did two construction jobs for me in the last few years. David was a great guy with a good sense of humor. I remember him fondly.
Dad there are no words to describe how much you will be missed in this world . I could not have asked for a better father. May your journey into the afterlife bring you peace and ease your pain. Let my brother know how much he also is missed. All my love to both of you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.With all our loveFlorist's Choice Bouquet was purchased for the family of David S. Bedford by Teresa and Lee DeMatos. A tree was also planted in memory of David S. Bedford
Rest in peace my brother. Haven't seen you since the 80s but never forgot you.
I am gonna miss those bear hugs when I would see him at he Pow Wow! I remember when he came to California (him and Vaughn Nichols) he would give me a quarter every time he came from work if I had a western on the T.V. He was such a special Uncle. Healing prayers to you April and family. love you Dowet ( thats what my called him )
So sorry April & family. I still remember the good days when I worked at the Red Robin Lounge.
May the love of Jesus heal your broken hearts.