David Haennicke

David Haennicke, 29 years old, son, brother, and friend, died suddenly on Nov. 16, 2021 after a long battle with the disease of addiction. 

A fiery Leo who roared through life, he was born on Aug. 17, 1992, to Bob and Sheila (Black) Haennicke in Chicago. He had a fierce love for learning and conquered his first Harry Potter book as a 7-year-old. He loved movement and found joy in skateboarding with friends. His family moved to Oak Park in 1996 where David attended Lincoln Elementary School and Brooks Middle School. A 2010 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, he ran cross-country and played lacrosse, then attended Triton College where he studied business, and was a gifted salesperson of Cutco knives, earning a special “President’s” commendation for sales volume. 

He loved people and is remembered by family, friends and neighbors as a kind and caring person who enjoyed deep conversations on a wide range of topics. Faith was important to him. He grew up in St. Edmund Catholic Parish and joined Good Shepherd Lutheran Church as an adult. He was deeply loved by his parents and his sister Angelica, as well as his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. David’s nickname, “Day-Day,” speaks to the light he carried within him, and that is now shining perpetually in the arms of a loving God. 

Donations may be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Metro Suburban (namimetsub.org).

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