David Allan Coover

June 22, 1950 ‒ March 03, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

David Allan Coover, 68, a valiant warrior, achieved everlasting freedom in the company of his family Sunday afternoon March 3rd, at The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, companion and perpetual golf student (whether she needed it or not) Lisa (Ackerman) Coover; his daughters Lyndsey Barnes (Christopher) and Tonya Heft; his grandchildren Hannah, Hayden, Halle and Hudson Barnes, and Jocelyn Heft; his brothers Edward Coover and Scott Biggs, his sister Patty Owens (Duane), father in-law Philip Ackerman, Grandmother Verna Ackerman, brother-in-law Steven Ackerman, several nieces and nephews and many great friends.  Also missing Dave daily is Jake, his dog.

He is preceded in death by his parents Nellie and Kenneth Biggs, father Merle Coover, infant brother Allan, sister and brother in-law Betty and Dean Roland, son in-law Troy Heft, mother in-law Patricia Ackerman, sister in-law Amy Cline, nephew T.J. Cline, close friends Roger Loschke and George LaPere.  Also waiting for him in heaven is his beloved Cocker Spaniel Abby.

Dave spent many years as the sales manager at Sanitary Products here in Mansfield, after which he and Lisa relocated to Midland, Michigan for him to become a regional sales manager at Spartan Chemical.  He also served as a district sales representative at 4D Old Castle before returning to Mansfield.

Dave was a quietly spiritual man.  He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids and reveled in their activities and accomplishments. He was an active member of The Fraternal Order of the Moose since 1991 where he made many friends.   He took great pleasure in golf, The Ohio State University Buckeye sports, The Cleveland Indians, darts, pool, bowling and playing cards.  He cherished time spent fishing on Lake Erie, hanging out at Curry’s Tavern and Christmas shopping with his dear friend, Tom Curry.  He was a fabulous cook, a skilled carpenter and all-around handy man.  Those who knew him would tell you he was always the first to volunteer when you needed help.  Dave was not without his quirks, giving lessons in proper ice cube tray management, and other priceless life skills.  A friend once said of him, “We could get out of the restaurant a lot faster if Dave didn’t have to cut his peas in half!”

The family would like to thank the staff at The James and specifically Dr. Ricardo Carrau, MD.; Dr. Dukagjin Blakaj, MD, PHD; and Dr. Meade VanPutten, DDS for guiding the family through this journey.  Also, an enormous thank you to their Mansfield Fire Department family for their incredible support.

The family will receive friends 4:00 – 7:00 PM Thursday March 7, at the Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue, Mansfield.  A funeral service honoring David’s life will be held 11 AM Friday at Mayflower Congregational Church, 548 N. McElroy Road, Mansfield, led by Reverend Dr. Rich Rader.

You are encouraged to share memories and watch David’s tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

Contributions in David’s memory may be made to The Humane Society of Richland County.

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  • Lisa: My heart goes out to You, as well as Yours and David’s entire family. Thinking of you all, and remembering ALL of our memories we made throughout the years. May God Bless You Honey!

  • We certainly will miss David, as we are sure you will, Lisa, Lindsey, Tonya, grandkids and Jake. We sure do wish we could be there with you to console you personally at this time. Our love will be with you, and David will be watching over all of us.

  • We certainly will miss David, as we are sure you also will, Lisa, Lindsey, Tonya, grandkids and Jake. We sure do wish we could be there with you to console you personally at this time. Our love will be with you, and David will be watching over all of us.

  • Lisa, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. There are no words to convey our sympathy and love. Just know that we are standing behind you. Dave fought such a great battle, now he’ll be reunited with the boys up in heaven!

    Our best wishes and hugs,

    Clyde and Sue

  • We are saddened by the loss of our favorite Buckeye friend but we cherish all the wonderful memories we have with our amazing friend. We send our love and prayers to his family and friends. See you on God’s golf course Dave.

  • Lisa, I’m so very sorry. So many fond memories of all of us at Curry’s! He was a great guy!

  • Lisa. My heart is breaking for you. I know there are no words to comfort you. I am so sorry to hear about Dave. Sending prayers , hugs, and lotsa love. 😘 Jeff and Denise VanMeter

  • Lisa, I’m so very sorry for your loss of David. Please know that my thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you.

    Love you, Milly

  • Lisa, So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Love, Harlan and Barb Neal

  • Lisa so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you in this time of sorrow and comfort you.

  • Lisa, I’m so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a true warrior. Dave was always friendly and kind when we were neighbors and whenever I ran into him at the golf course. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that all of the wonderful memories you have will help sustain you as you grieve for Dave.

    Ed I pray that you are comforted by the great memories you shared with your brother. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of Dave. Love and peace to you.

  • Lisa and family,
    My heart hurts for you and the family. I am so sorry for the loss of your Husband and their loss of a father and grandfather.
    Much love and hugs.
    Ken and Mary Zeigler

  • Such great memories hanging out at Curry’s, playing darts, canoeing and generally always having fun. Dave was one of the truly good ones. Sorry for your loss.

  • Lisa –
    Sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.