David A. “Farmer” Wert

March 13, 1932 ‒ August 30, 2015

Mount Gilead, Ohio

David A. “Farmer” Wert, age 83, of Mount Gilead, passed away Sunday afternoon, August 30, 2015 at the Morrow Manor Nursing Center in Chesterville.

On March 13, 1932, David was born in Cleveland, OH, the son of the late William Daniel and Mary Irene (Toth) Wert.  He graduated from Auburn Center High School in Geauga Co., Class of 1951.

One day while pulling a load of hay with the tractor, David was run off the road by a car driven by a young woman, Barbara Ann Craig.  They soon started dating and were married in Chagrin Falls, OH, on July 19, 1952.  They have shared the last 63 wonderful years together, raising six children along the way.

David spent his entire life working as a farmer.  As a young man in Geauga Co., he operated a beef business and dairy farm.  He sold that business when he and Barbara moved to Mount Gilead in 1961, where he has been a dairy and grain farmer ever since.  David was also a fork lift operator for General Motors in Ontario for 30 years, retiring in 1994.

In his early years David enjoyed sawmill operation, collecting guns and shooting, and making maple syrup in his own sugar house.  Throughout his life, he amassed quite a collection of antique tractors, track tractors and equipment.  He loved attending antique tractor shows throughout the U.S. and was a member of the National Farmers Organization, National/International Tractor Club, and the Morrow County Antique Tractor & Equipment Association.

Over the years David and Barbara attended the Mount Gilead Church of Christ.

David was not one to take time off to do much for enjoyment, but he always set aside time for Labor Day festivities at his farm.  His entire family would gather there and have a wonderful time together.

David did not believe in idle time.  There was always something he could be doing on the farm.  He was a self-sufficient man and to say he was a hard worker would be an understatement.  He was a wonderful provider for his family and instilled his great work ethic and values into all of them.

David will be dearly missed by his wife, Barbara of Mount Gilead; six children: Timothy (Jane) Wert of Mansfield, Joan (Gary Simmons) Nigh of Lexington, Kathleen (Delmar) Eichorn of Lexington, David Todd (Marilyn) Wert of Mansfield, Robert (Janeen) Wert of Mount Gielad, Theodore “Ted” (Penni Jordan) Wert of Shelby; a former son-in-law, Jim Nigh of Galion; 13 grandchildren: Chelsea (Tim) Severino, Garret Nigh, Gary (Kate) Eichorn, Jennifer (Tim) Bachelder, Gregory (Jordan) Eichorn, MaryAmber (Jeremy) Hughes, Heidi (Dave) Scherpelz, Levi (Lindsey) Wert, Valerie (Mark) Frazier, Katelin (Levi) Miller, Allyson Wert, Kyle Wert, Scott Price; 16 great grandchildren and one on the way.

The Wert family will greet friends from 4 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St, Mount Gielad.  The family will also greet friends there from 10 – 11 a.m. on Friday, September 4, 2015.  Services honoring his life will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m. with Evangelist Gene Lilly officiating.  Burial will take place in Oak Grove Memorial Park in Lexington.

Memorial contributions in David’s honor may be made to Morrow Manor Nursing Center, c/o Pathways Memory Unit, P.O. Box 44, Chesterville, OH 43317, or to Heartland Hospice, 685 Delaware Ave., Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve the Wert family, and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Wert Family:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

    Steven, Penni, Travis and Lexi Fox.

  • Barb & Family, So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing! He was a wonderful man and funny! Miss you all! God Bless you and your family in your time of sorrow.
    Hazel Korody and Family

  • My thoughts and prayers to the Wert family during this difficult time. I always enjoyed talking with Dave and learning from his vast knowledge of antique tractors and equipment. May God bless each one of you as you prepare to celebrate Dave’s life and mourn his passing.

  • Barb and the rest of The Wert family,

    Prayers and warm wishes to you all. I have the fondest childhood memories being neighbors with Barb and Dave both. I always remember seeing Dave in overalls, out in one of the barns or on the farm staying busy. He was the true definition of a hard working farmer.

  • Sending love and prayers to all of you. He will be missed by his Manor family more than you will ever know!!

  • Sorry to hear about a great father,husband,and grandfather. May God be with you in your time of sorrow. Our prayers will be with all of you God Bless and keep you.

  • Prayers to the David Wert family’s. I’m sorry to hear about your father .He will be sadly missed . May the Lord watch over you all through your sorrow . Amen

  • Barb and Family, Jim & I are so sorry to hear of your loss, Dave really earned his angel wings. We always enjoyed talking with Dave. The Tractor Club will miss his guiding hand. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  • I so enjoyed the times Dave and Barb came shopping for quilt fabric. Dave was such a joy to help. May each of you find peace in your own special memory

  • Condolences to all of the Wert family and prayers that JESUS holds each of you in his arms with love and strength.

  • Sending thoughts and prayers to all the saddened Wert Family. May knowing Dave is with family and friends in heaven comfort your hearts <3 Our Sympathy and Love ~ Lyle, Lynda, Steven Tayerle. Erin (Tayerle), Matt, Logan and Quinn Coleman

  • Please know that I am thinking of your family at this most difficult time.
    Such a great man and great family.

  • We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Wert. We send our thoughts & prayers to his family. I have fond memories of Mr. Wert from my Northmor high school days I remember spending time visiting at the family farm and was especially delighted to head to the barn & help with the cows being an ole dairy farmer myself. His son Todd & daughter in law Marilyn were & are my best friends. I always enjoyed my visits with the Wert family & I recall & cherish those memories & think of them often. I always enjoyed Mr. Wert’s smile & the twinkle of his eyes as he would tease me & being shy I always turned red faced and his wife would tell him to behave. Such good memories of a wonderful man and a great family.
    Mark & Cathy Rollison-Krist

  • Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    May God hold you all close at this time of loss.

  • Barb and Kathy, please know that Dave was very loved her at the Manor and his memory will live on with all of us here. We all love you and him. I’ll miss him fixing everything he could. May be rest in peace.

  • So sorry to hear about David’s passing. I so enjoyed visiting with Dave and Barb when they would stop by our office. Your family will be in my prayers.

  • Tim & family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for the Lord to sustain you through the immediate future.

  • Thoughts and prayers are with your family. Memories will keep the Wert legacy alive for years to come. I have special memories of your family and will always treasure those.
    Mary Carroll

  • Thoughts & Prayers are with all of you at this time. We are so sorry for you loss.
    Your memories will always be with you & in your heart.
    David, Darlene & Kassie Fedor

  • Barb&Kathy,Wert family. Sorry to hear of lose of husband & Dad.It’s rough on the family but believe me I know.Just let god put it in his hand he will help you get through it.Wish I could me there to gave you a big hug. We will keep your family in our prayers.

  • Barb and Family, We were saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. He’s been a part of our community for a long time. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers of comfort go out to you at this time.

  • My deepest sympathy to your family. I hope in time your memories will give you peace and help you smile and laugh. My thoughts are with you.

  • Dear Wert Family,
    In any nursing home job, you always get the warning to not get attached to your residents because it will cause a great deal of pain. I went into this job knowing that one day he wouldnt be here anymore. Although I thought i was prepared, i wasnt. I lost a great friend, fixing buddy, and loved one. I can call him this because i took care of him for several months and i grew very fond of him. He is a great man, and he is missed very deeply here at the manor. My prayers go out to your family, and i love you all. You are a very close family, and i hope you guys will be okay. Thank you for letting me be apart of your family!

  • I’ll always think fondly of David with the twinkle in his eyes, his bib overalls and his ornery smile as he referred to me as “lipstick Linda”. He didn’t love coming to the dental office, but he knew it was important to take care of himself. He loved all of his family and I love them too , taking care of several generations of his wonderful family. May you feel the loving comfort of almighty God and be blessed with precious memories.

  • Sorry we could not come to the showing or funeral. We wish you (Barbara and family) the very best in your future along with the time knowing you in he past.