He seized the day. With a work ethic that at one point had him working three jobs to support his family (Stylex, CR England, and the Columbus Flea Market), Dave made every second count, especially when it came to his kids. To make the most of his time he would have Daddy Club Parties: he’d build a fort in the living room, a swing in his attic and a roller skating rink in his downstairs, all just to keep it fun. Dave taught them the important things everyone needs to know: from riding bikes to changing tires, to how to catch a trout and drive a stick (even if they happen to be sitting in an automatic.) He’d take day trips for no reason and even though he worked through family vacations he drove down at night to stay with his family.
He loved doing creative things with his kids and could make a lot out of very little: Dave made the best science projects and Halloween costumes. His thanksgiving gravy was always the best and St. Patrick’s Day found him making green pancakes. Every day was perfect for a little Pac-Man porkroll.
His later years were occupied by spoiling his grandkids, Ryan and Kalin Walter and Chloe Samburg. He was especially close to Kalin, his partner in crime. Once he taught her to walk, he took her to every park within a 500 mile radius, switched out her regular milk for chocolate or strawberry, and gave her everything she probably shouldn’t have.
He is survived by his children, Denise Walter, with whom he lived, Deanna (Donald) Samburg and Dave (Suzanne Smith) Williamson, his wife, Mary, his mother-in-law, Dorothy Rush, sister-in-law, Dawn Rush and special cousin, Bobby Cotton.
Come celebrate 57 hard working years Wednesday 6-8 p.m. and Thursday 10-11 a.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside where there will be a service at 11 a.m. Interment Oddfellows Cemetery, Burlington.
Donations in lieu of flowers to the National Kidney Foundation, kidney.org, will be appreciated. –