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1945 David 2023

David Church

March 22, 1945 — December 31, 2023

David Church (78) was born on March 22, 1945 in Limestone, West Virginia. Dave passed away on December 31, 2023 after living with Alzheimer’s for over 10 years.

Dave was proceeded in death by his mother and father, Ollie and Erma Church, his brother, Allen Church, and his sister, Patricia Church.  He is survived by his partner of nearly 29 years Tim Marshfield, his brother Gary Church and his sister-in-law Theresa Church.

Dave had an enormous heart and a wonderful sense of humor. He was generous, loyal, and brightened the lives of everyone who knew him.  He will be remembered for all the heart he shared with his friends and family.  He truly loved each of them. As many know, pets were a big part of Dave’s life. They were family to him and he often shared stories about the pets he had while growing up. A favorite story shared was the story of Inky, his pet crow, and how it lived with his dog Rusty. Dave also enjoyed staying in touch with his classmates from Moundsville, WV.

After moving to Columbus from Moundsville, Dave lived in various areas in Columbus. Before he moved into a Memory Care facility in Aug of 2022, Dave spent 23 years living in Clintonville on Overbrook Ravine with his partner Tim. Dave loved living on the ravine. He would often spend time outside enjoying the wooded setting. One of Dave’s favorite spots in the house was the sunroom which overlooked the ravine.  During the spring and summer, Dave could often be found in the sunroom drinking his morning coffee while reading the newspaper, watching the birds at the bird feeders, or taking a nap on the couch.

Dave worked most of his career at Ohio Casualty Insurance where he held a variety of positions, but most of his 30+ years with the company was as an Insurance Underwriter. Dave’s warm smile and welcoming personality allowed him to form lasting relationships with many of his clients.  

Dave spent the last year of his life at Worthington Christian Village. The loving and dedicated care given by the staff and management over the last year made Dave’s stay comfortable. Even as Dave continued to decline, he was often smiling or laughing. Dave, along with his smile and laughter, will be missed dearly.

For those to wish to donate in Dave’s memory, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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