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    R. David Mittelstadt Obituary Published in Star-Ledger on April 8, 2013
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      R. David Mittelstadt

      Obituary Published in Star-Ledger on April 8, 2013
      * "Dave, a bright and shining star, will be missed by many ......"

      R. David Mittelstadt, 82, of Florham Park, N.J., died quietly on
      April 6, 2013, after a brief illness. The family will receive
      relatives and friends at the Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345
      Main Street, Chatham, N.J., on Wednesday, April 10, from 2 to 4 p.m.
      and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, April 11,
      at 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 160 Ridgedale Ave.,
      Florham Park, N.J. For more information or to send a condolence
      please visit <http://bradleyfuneralhomes.com>bradleyfuneralhomes.com.
      Dave was born in 1931 in Lincoln, Ill. He graduated from Morgan Park
      College in 1950, and served with the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He
      was a top salesman with Mapes & Sprowl Steel Corp. of Union, N.J.,
      for many years. In 1964, he joined the Butler Manufacturing Company,
      where he rose to the level of national accounts manager, in which
      capacity he served until his retirement in 1996. Not many of us can,
      with our talents, bring the joy that Dave, in his many quartet and
      chorus roles, brought to thousands of listeners all over the U.S. and
      Canada. Four-part Barbershop vocal style harmony became an obsession
      with Dave, and it never diminished throughout the course of his life.
      Dave was blessed with a strong, clear voice, and he sang with many
      fine quartets during his long career, including The Villageaires, The
      Easternaires and the Playtonics, which attained silver medal status
      in the prestigious Barbershop Harmony International Quartet
      competition in 1956. He also sang with the Main Street Four,
      Showtime, The New Harmony Delegation, Sage, The Travelaires, The
      Notewits, Mint Condition, and finally, The Four Old Parts. He also
      sang and acted in many shows with the Montclair Operetta club. Dave
      also was an accomplished Barbershop chorus director who led the
      Livingston, N.J., Dapper Dans Of Harmony to two International
      championships and many Mid-Atlantic District level titles. He was
      inducted into the Harmony Society's prestigious hall of honor, and
      was a longtime honoree in two honor chapters, DELASUSQUEHUDMAC and
      Sage Lake, Michigan. His remarkable list of musical achievements are
      too many to mention here. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 60
      years, Arlene (Haines) Mittelstadt; a son, Joseph Haines Mittelstadt
      of Basking Ridge, N.J., and literally thousands of dear friends,
      admirers, and fellow Barbershop harmony devotees. He was predeceased
      by his daughter, Gail Ann Lyman. In lieu of flowers, donations in
      Dave's name may be made to either the Barbershop Harmony Foundation,
      110 Seventh Ave, Nashville, Tenn. 37203, or to the Florham Park First
      Aid Squad, 60 Felch Road, Florham Park, N.J. 07932.

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