David A. Crunkilton

January 27, 1933 ‒ January 04, 2021

Fredericktown, Ohio

David A. Crunkilton, 87, of Fredericktown passed away on January 4, 2021 at Knox County Community Hospital.  Dave was a long-time resident of Fredericktown and led a life full of dedication to his country and county.

Dave, son of Helen Keller and Sterl Gower Crunkilton of Butler was preceded in death by his parents. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Janet Ewers of Fredericktown, his second wife, Faye Shoemaker of Fredericktown, infant daughter Caroline Lee, and son Craig of Mt. Vernon, as well as brother Jim (Gerry) and brother-in-law Richard Miller, all of Butler.  He is survived by his daughter Christy (Bruce) Farley of East Fallowfield, Pennsylvania; sisters Norma Miller of Butler and Donna Horn (John) of Howard, and brother Dick (Sherry) of Blacksburg, Virginia.  Also surviving are stepsons Scott (Julie), Randy (Dana), Chris, and Todd Shoemaker.   He is also survived by granddaughters Cora (Andrew) Jones, Jenna and Kelsey Farley and great grandchildren David, Nicholas, Elliot, Nathan, Lindsey and Cole of East Fallowfield, Pennsylvania and numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents and siblings, Dave worked on the family dairy and crop farm in North Liberty and graduated from Butler High School where he played football and he was a member of the local FFA Chapter.  After graduation, he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. He spent his career of 41 years as a fuel distributor of Sohio and BP petroleum products in the Fredericktown and Knox County areas.  He was a member of the North Liberty United Methodist Church.

Dave was known locally for his famous dahlias which won many blue ribbons at the Knox County Fair and the Fredericktown Tomato Show. Another favorite past-time was showing off his antique Minneapolis Moline tractor which he loved to enter into the tractor pulling contests at the Knox County Fair and participated in local parades.

Dave’s dedication to his country continued after leaving the Army by his long-standing membership as Adjutant in the Fredericktown American Legion Post 500.  Each year he and his son, Craig, placed American flags on graves of military veterans.

The family members wish to express their deep appreciation to Penny and Larry Bechtel, Dave’s niece and nephew, for their caregiving over the last few years which added greatly to his quality of life and the staff and health care professionals at Country Court in Mt. Vernon.

A private family graveside service with military honors will be held at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown with Pastor Ken Kinley officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mt. Vernon 43050 or Fredericktown EMS, 135 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, 43019.  On-line condolences can be sent to www.snyderfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown.

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  • So very sorry for your loss. He was such a kind man! God give you peace at such a time of mourning.
    Morgan and Marla (Schonauer) Dague

  • So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Dave was so nice and always had a smile to share. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • To all of Dave’s family, my sincere sympathy in your loss. We were good friends for a very long time and I will miss our telephone conversations. Dave was a wonderful, caring person.love, Lee Ann

  • Christy, you and your family have my deepest sympathy. May you all remember the best of times with your father.

  • All of my love to you Aunt Christy, Cora, Jenna and Kelsey. One of our favorite stories has always been about Mom getting a ticket for pulling a u-turn right in front of the police on our way to Cora’s graduation party at Dave’s house. We had a lovely time that day. xoxo

  • So sorry to read of Dave’s passing. His kindness and gentle spirit will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers….

  • So sorry for the loss of Dave. He was very special to us as well as His Son Craig. Our hearts hurt but we have good memories of both of them. Dave will be missed by many.

  • Sorry for another loss, Christy. Your dad, (and mom), as well as you kids, were staples of my childhood on Taylor Street. I’ll never forget the ‘Sohio’ man, and used to run into him occasionally at the troyers restaurant. Treasure your memories, I know you were a good and doting daughter to him, and am sure he treasured the grandchildren you gave him. Rest in Peace, Dave.

  • Sad to see the news on Dave. He was a great man and remember him delivering oil to my parent’s house on Ridge Road. May you memories of all the wonderful years bring you comfort during the days, weeks, months and years to come. We know Dave is now in the Lord’s welcoming arms and will be reunited with loved ones there.

    Janet (Letts) and Rich Hiles

  • Rest In Peace Good Friend, You will be missed by everyone who has had the pleasure of knowing you. You have been such an important member of the community and have been such a good friend to so many. We are sending our deepest sympathy and friendship to all of the Crunkilton and Shoemaker families and to all of the friends that are left behind to remember Dave. We share with you in this tragic loss. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • So sorry for your loss. Dave was a long time friend. First met Dave when I lived in Fredericktown and belonged to the American Legion. He was a great guy and so easy to get along with. He loved his family and always was willing to give a helping hand to his friends.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Dave‘s passing, may God bless you Christie and know that he was such a sweet soul and was very friendly to everyone he met. Every time I saw him he would give me a hug and talk about Rice lake, and he knows that he has faith in you that you will keep his love going through your heart and also know that when he arrived in heaven he was being hugged by your mom and Craig, And also the beautiful arms of the Lord🙏🏻❤️

  • Dear Family,
    So sorry to learn of Dave’s passing, he was always a Good Person and a Good friend to my parents. He was our Gas Man for years on the farm. Thankful for Men like him who served our country and continued serving the veterans.
    Prayers to the Family
    Ruth Ann

  • Our sympathy to all members of Dave’s family. Dave and Ray shared birthday’s. We shared many breakfasts at the legion hall and many local events with him. He will be sadly missed by many. Ray and Pat Davis

  • Prayers and hugs for Dave’s family. I am so sad to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a wonderful person and a friend to all that knew him. He will truly be missed. R.I.P. Dave.

  • What a gem he was! Enjoyed many times sitting and chatting with him after he delivered our gasoline. He had fun always reminding me in the summer that I had just a few weeks left before I had to go back to school to teach. Miss his smile and his gentle attitude. Hugs and prayers to his family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go to Dave’s family and many friends. He was a gentle man in every sense of the word .. a most kind and considerate person and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him. So sorry for the loss of our friend and family member.
    Buck Hall and Judy Niebel

  • We are so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families during this difficult time.

  • My sincere condolences to the family especially to the Shoemaker step-sons whom I know well. Sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers of comfort to all of you.

  • Christy, so sorry to hear about dave. He was a very nice guy. He always teased me when we were at rice lake about my then boyfriend who had joined the navy. He always said you had to watch those navy men🤭. His hugs were the best. Knowing he was always there for our veterans met a great deal to us all.

  • So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He always had smile on his face whenever you saw him. He will be missed but not forgotten. Our sympathy to all his family.

  • Daves Family

    Dave will be missed by many Dave is a friend that we will miss greatly even though in the last year we have not seen each other he has been our thoughts and prayers. The lord got another angel in Heven

  • Prayers for peace and comfort. Dave was a good man and will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Elaine Hillier and Cheryl White

  • Scott, Randy, Chris, and Todd,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Dave. It has been a while since I saw him but he was always so kind and cordial to me. We would often chat about the good old days. He was a special person to your mom and I think they enjoyed many things together. They are both together up in heaven now without any pain. God bless all of you and your loved ones.

  • This is hard to take, he was always so kind to me. Thinking of you Christy and your family. Prayers and hugs.

  • Dave was always wearing a smile and always say something sweet to put a smile on my face. He will be missed. Sending our deepest sympathy to the families.

  • Prayers and sympathies to you Christy and the Shoemaker family. A great friend and neighbor to the Bechtel family and most of Fredericktown for so many years. What a great guy and may you cherish all the good memories.

  • So sorry for your loss of a awesome person. Very kind ! Thinking of all of you Christy. Sending Love and Hugs !

  • Warm thoughts and fond memories of your Dad, Christy. He was one of the best (to tolerate the shenanigans we got into when we were teens!) Loved him and your mom! Praying for God’s blessings and comfort for you and your family. Much love my friend.

  • Very sorry to learn Dave has gone. I’m still adjusting to Faye and Craig’s passing. He will surely be missed by all who knew him. I’ll always miss all three of them.

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