David L. Dunnington
Birth Date: November 24, 1927
Death Date: January 11, 2017
David L. Dunnington, 89, of North Royalton, passed away January 11, 2017.
loving son of the late Walter and Effie (nee Lantz) Dunnington. He is the beloved husband of 50 years to the late Louise (nee Shillingburg); dear father of Joe (Donna) Fittro and David (Patricia “Patty” Lupton) Dunnington; cherished grandfather of Robert (Alethea) Hicks, Carolynn Fittro (Dylan Knisley) and Kattie (Troy) Harsh and great-grandfather of Troy and Olivia Harsh and Heidi and Emily Hicks; loving brother of Doris (Louis) Lucas, Thomas Dunnington, Minnie (Norman) Singleton and the late Joanne Dunnington; adored uncle of many.
Visitation Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 10AM-12PM in the Chapel at Sunset Memorial Park, 6245 Columbia Rd., North Olmsted, where funeral services will commence on Thursday at 12PM. Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cypress Hospice, 2 Berea Commons, Ste. 1, Berea 44017. dostalbokas.com
DAVID LORENTZ DUNNINGTON
David was born prior to the great depression of 30’s. At an earlier age during the depression, David left school to help support his family and would continue helping family members for the rest of his life. David worked at many odd jobs during his younger years, he developed a good engineering skill-set which would later help him throughout his life.
Before going into the army, David help build tunnels, one of his many jobs while working on tunnels was driving a Dinky Engine, which would always remain his favorite job. We almost lost David one day, when a blasting cap prematurely exploded in his face, but with the grace of God, David was able to recover and continue his life’s journey.
While in the army during the Korean War, David made the rank of sergeant by using his mechanical skills to designed a power steering system for large trucks.
After leaving the army, David returned to his new home and family in Clarksburg, West Virginia. David’s first job after returning home was in construction with Stuart and McMunn.
With the encouragement of his wife and brother, David sought new employment in Ohio. David’s first job was with Fisher Body in Euclid, Ohio. After a short time with Fisher Body, David moved his family to Cleveland.
After a few years at the Euclid Plant, David started working at the Chevrolet Plant in Parma, in the early 60’s and would spend 36 years at the plant before retirement.
During that 36 years at Chevy, David was also very active in other work, he owned a restaurant, was involved in property management for almost 20 years, help raise two sons, help build custom cars and won two cars show events, in the mid 80’s he became VP of Construction at Ashford Enterprises for 10 years. He loved gardening and worked very hard at continuing his formal education. While at Chevy, David received a number of honors and awards for innovative ideas for production.
One of the biggest things that happened to David was he found God in the early 60’s and never left his side. He attended the Foursquare Gospel Church of Cleveland for over 50 years.
This has been David’s journey, I will miss my best friend and father…Love you forever.
David A. Dunnington.