Samantha Birkel) of Chicago; mother,
Sandra of Whiting; brother Anthony of Whiting (wife Sharon); and nephew Sam
Novak; as well as many close friends.
Dave was preceded
in death by his father, Dan Novak, grandmother Caroline and grandfather
Joseph (“Grumps”) Zagrocki.
Dave was born
January, 4, 1964, in Whiting to Dan and Sandra (Zagrocki) Novak.
Dave graduated from
Hammond Clark High School in 1982, where he was better known as “Dubs” and
was a standout basketball player. Thereafter, Dave went on to play
basketball at Purdue University Calumet, his style of play garnering him the
nickname “Tank.” He obtained a degree in Building Construction Technology in
Dave and his family
lived in North Hammond until moving to the Chesterton area in 1992. After
college, Dave began his career in the construction industry, where he
enjoyed a very successful career as the Chief Estimator for several
prominent general contractors in the region. He also served as the Building
Commissioner for the Town of Chesterton.
Dave was an
independent and strong-willed individual. He was quick-witted and possessed
a dry sense of humor that was appreciated by all that knew him (none of
which avoided being on the other end of a Dave Novak zinger). Dave loved all
things basketball, NASCAR, ACDC and posting reviews of his favorite burgers
in the Midwest. Michigan City’s Ritz Klub “Ritz Burger” came in at #1 in his
final ranking. Dave was also recognized by many (coaches and players alike)
as one of the greatest grade school basketball coaches to ever have coached
Above all, Dave was
an extremely devoted and proud father, whose best friend was his son Zack.
Growing up, Dave coached Zack in basketball where he instilled principles of
toughness and relentlessness at a young age. Dave’s teaching and coaching
eventually helped Zack obtain a full athletic scholarship to play basketball
for the University of Michigan. Dave attended almost all of Zack’s
basketball games at Michigan, and was his biggest fan and most avid
supporter. He was deeply proud of all of Zack’s accomplishments both
athletically and academically. Watching Zack grow and succeed as a person
were Dave’s happiest moments in life.
There will be no
visitation or funeral service. A memorial luncheon celebrating his life will
take place in the coming days (Zack can be contacted directly via Facebook
or text for details).
In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations may be made to La Rabida Children’s Hospital or The