David Walter Preston Whittington Jr., of Akron, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 5, 2019, at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center after an extended illness.
David was born Sept. 29, 1957, in Cumberland, the son of Betty Jo (Stepfather-Martin Heisa) from Akron, and David Walter Preston Whittington Sr. from Virginia Beach, Va. His mother and father preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his Grabenstein grandparents and uncles, Ronnie, Earl, Francis Grabenstein.
Surviving him are his sisters and brothers, Dianne, Richard (Donna), Donnie (Brittany), Sheila (Dave), Sheryl (John), and Carl (Angie); stepbrothers and stepsisters, Curt (Carla), Carla (Joe), Mark (Janie), and Mistie (Terry). Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews also survive him.
David graduated from Central-Hower High School in Akron in 1977 and joined the U.S. Air Force after graduation. During his time serving in the USAF, he traveled the world operating hypobaric chambers and playing rugby. He obtained a bachelor's of science in nursing, master's in business administration, a doctorate of nursing, as well as degrees in religion and chemistry. Along with these degrees, he was employed at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital until his illness as the administrator on duty.
David had a passion for building model aircraft, an inquisitive mind, and a sharp wit. His hobbies included watching movies, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Westerns, and various sports. He could always put a smile on your face and had the kindest heart for all of his family and friends. David had a strong Catholic faith, which inspired him to study religion. His favorite biblical quote was the Gospel of Thomas 34: "Jesus said, if a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit."
On behalf of his family, we would like to thank the C.C.A.G.M.C. for their excellent care and respect of David until his last breath.
Celebration of David's Life took place at Newcomer Funeral Home, 131 N. Canton Road, Akron, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 10 a.m.
Inurnment followed at Hillside Memorial Park.
Published on April 13, 2019
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