|Dave was a person with a heart as big as life itself. His goal was to open a Youth Center in Ligonier, Indiana. It was a town that he grew up in, knowing there was no place for the kids to go, leaving them with being on the streets getting into trouble and using drugs. He knew the need and pursued his dream. He went before all the Legal Chapters that he needed to get them to agree with him so he could fulfill his dream of keeping kids off the street. Making Ligonier a safer place to raise his two sons and all of the other kids in the town. Just a few weeks before Dave's death he received notice that it had all been approved and he could start building his Dream.
On February 12, 1991 he went fishing with a couple of his best friends, Brian and Lyle, never to come home again. Nearly 10 years have come and gone. And we still do not know what really happened the night our son was taken away. But we know that God knows what happened and will handle the matter.
Dave married at a young age. Continued High School and worked a full time job to support his wife and within the first year a baby was on it's way. Donna and Dave had two beautiful boys, Joshua & Ashton, they were Dave's life. He also had a daughter, Heather, with a friend. Dave and Donna had divorced in the mid 80's. And were going to re-marry in March. They never got to say " I DO "
Not a day goes by that we do not think of Dave. Not a day goes by that the heartache and pain stop. We love him and miss him so very much....
|Jesus, we lift our hearts to you,
asking that you bring comfort
and understanding to help us
cope with our loss of Dave.
|Just like the petals falling
from the withering rose,
Tears are falling
from our hearts.
|Music ~My Heart Will Go On~|
|There are no words to express the loss we suffered the day you left. Our lives will never be the same again. We just do not understand, 'Why?'
We long for the day we can all be together again.
|Dave, Ashton, Donna & Joshua..October 1990|
|Dave with Donna just before he left us...|
|Ashton & Joshua are now young men. They miss not growing up and knowing their daddy. It breaks my heart to hear one of them say, 'If dad were alive do you think he would let me do this...?' They have so much of their father in them, one has his looks and the other his mannerisms. Dave will live on here in his boys.|
|Final resting place for Dave Jr.
Oakpark cemetary, Ligonier,