David Allen Mobley

May 01, 1946 ‒ May 19, 2021

Butler, Ohio

David Allen Mobley, age 75, of Butler went to meet his heavenly father, peacefully passing at home on May 19, 2021 in the care of his family and Kindred Hospice. He was born May 1, 1946 in Cleveland to Harold and Evelyn (Hobby) Mobley and was a graduate of Valley Forge High School in Parma Heights. David was honored to serve with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.  He was an avid booster of Clear Fork athletics and did his best to attend all his children’s events. If he wasn’t in attendance he was always one of the donating sponsors.  His love of athletics carried over to following the Ohio State and Cleveland Browns football teams.

He enjoyed raising and showing pigeons and was a Lutheran by faith. David had been employed as a regional manager for York Steak Houses in the early 1980’s and had owned the Whiffletree Restaurant in Butler for 33 years until his retirement in 2019.

Dave was one of a kind, in the best possible way. He was ornery and was known for aggravating employees, family and patrons alike. He was a kind hearted generous man that was a straight shooter who didn’t mince words. He was the welcoming smile greeting everyone as they entered the Whiffletree Restaurant.

Dave is survived by his wife of 27 years Debra (Payne) Mobley; children Autumn Nye Bachelder of Ashland, Shad (Colleen) Nye of Strongsville, Monique (Todd) Nye Grueser of New Albany and Ty (Allison) Nye of Strongsville; grandchildren Avery Bachelder, Austin Nye, Skye Nye, Kya Nye, Kinsley Nye, Tristen Nye, Tehya Nye, Taryn Nye, Tabraham Nye, and Dalton Grueser. Besides his parents David was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.

A memorial service honoring the life of David Allen Mobley will be held at the North Bend Church, 1787 Snyder Rd.,  Butler on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 6 p.m. with Pastor Patrick Bailey officiating.  Friends may call at the church from 4-6 p.m. before the service.  Military Honors by the Irwin Hiskey Post of the American Legion.

If so desired memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, The Veterans Administration or American Lung Association.

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  • We are so saddened to hear about the passing of Dave. Our deepest condolences to Deb and family. We always enjoyed visiting with him at the Whiffletree. Love and prayers.

  • To Deb and family. What a super guy, always a smile but yes ornery. Enjoyed every meal at the Whiffle Tree. Sending sincere condolences across the miles.

  • Hi Deb He was a very special guy and I have missed seeing you and he every weekend. Thinking of you. Don and Allyson Smith, Butler Ohio

  • Deb and family, so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. We always enjoyed talking with him and eating at the Whiffletree. He always made everybody feel so welcome! Prayers to all! 💙🙏💙🙏 Sherry Snyder Smith.

  • So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing Debbie. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest Sympathy to the Family.

  • Deb and family So sorry to hear this news Dave always had a smile on his face prayers for your family

  • Deb and family you all are in my thoughts and prayers may god give u the strength and peace Dave was a wonderful guy.

  • Deb, sorry for your loss. His battle for every breath is over, he is at peace. Death can not rob you of the many memories.
    Your in our prayers.
    Dennis and Diana Snyder

  • That ornery but amazing man will be missed. I grew up at the whiffletree and I will forever be grateful for the time I spent there. You two were my other family. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Deb and Family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Had some fun times working at the Whiffletree, with his rotten self. Dave was such a good buddy to my Dad, I am sure they (and many others) are having coffee and “shooting the shit” right now!

    Much love,
    April Kenison

  • Deb-
    Some of my fondest memories involve Dave the summer after my HS graduation….slinging coffee at the Whiffletree and coming by to visit and share a piece of coconut cream pie with you both while home from college. I am so sorry for your loss.
    You have my sincerest condolences and prayers for strength!
    Much Love-

  • I had the honor of spending a lot of time with Dave and you. You both became friends that are ones that gave a lot to friends and the community. He was one of my best friends and I cherish the time I spent knowing him and will never forget our time together.

  • So sorry to hear about Dave. He was such a great guy and fun to be around. I enjoyed starting my mornings at the Wiffletree when I was working. Dave would always have something to say and it was usually funny, He will be missed.

  • This is unreal Dave was like a father figure to me as I have worked for him an deb for over 20 years gonna miss the old man… prayers to Deb N the kids

  • His Orneriness was the best part and if someone was mistreating any of us waitresses He’d stand up for us.
    He wasn’t afraid to speak his Mind and I loved that !!! my condolences to Deb, kids & grandkids … I believe God only takes those who are ready and I bet he’s happy to be free of pain 💜

  • So sorry for the family’s loss. We’ll remember him always. Lots of love and prayers to you all.

  • Although it’s been many years since I’ve seen you all, I have so many great memories of Dave and working for him at the Whiffletree. Dave was quite a character and his smile and sense of humor will most certainly be missed. Thoughts and prayers for you all!

  • Prayers and hugs for you all. Dave is probably sharing a great story with Lyle. We always enjoyed our visits with him at the Whiffletree. May God bless you all in this time of sadness. Lyle would say “Press On “

  • We are saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. When we moved to Butler Dave and Deb welcomed us with open arms. He will forever be in our hearts.

  • So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was the one who gave me my first job when we moved to Buler. He treated my kid’s like they we’re his own. Yes, sometimes he was alittle ornery and hard to get along with but I was truly blessed to have known and worked for such a wonderful man. He will be sadly missed. 💔
    Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Debbie and Kenny Hillyard

  • Dear Debbie and Family,
    We’re so sorry to hear about Dave’s passing! We think you both every time we go to the Whiffletree, thanks for your community support over the years. He will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you; may he rest in peace! Sincerely, Becky Marth and Family

  • Deb and family,

    You have our sincere sympathy for your loss. We fondly remember Dave always finding a table for us at The Whiffletree! Our son, Ben, worked for Dave while in high school. Thank you for helping him learn about the working world! We could always count on Dave for kind words. Our prayers are with you.

    Nancy and Bob Snyder

  • Dear Debbie and family,

    Dave will be missed greatly. Besides mowing grass, my first real job was working for Dave about 26-27 years ago, and to this day, I still think of him fondly as one of the best bosses I’ve had. It was a wonderful formative experience, and I’m grateful to have known him. Ornery is right! But also just a kind and reliable straight shooter. Everyone left the Whiffletree with a smile after talking to Dave. I get a lump in my throat thinking about those days. I’m so sorry for your loss, but I’m happy to share in the memories.

    Best wishes,
    Ben Snyder

  • I first met Dave when I was a quiet and shy 16 year-old, and started working as a waitress at The Whiffletree. I was training during the busy breakfast shift and Dave was working in the kitchen, making bacon that was cooked perfectly every time, and running a tight ship from behind that grill. I was so intimidated to ring the bell and yell back an order in the form of a cowboy-related name from a menu that I was supposed to have memorized and never did. I wasn’t the best waitress he’d ever worked with, in fact, I actually might’ve been the worst. He gave me my fair share of growls and eye rolls. That’s ok, because he gave me way more warm smiles and hugs and fatherly winks of approval over the years. I always loved the way his eye twinkled when he smiled at me and said “Hey Kid.” I loved the way he loved his wife, and each of her children as if they were his own. I loved the way he lived life on his terms.
    Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Dave always made me feel loved and special, and like part of his family. Thank you, Dave. I love you and will miss you, until we meet again. XOXO

  • Deb and Family,
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. May your memories with Dave carry you thru this time. God Bless you all.

  • Deb :
    I was sad to hear of Dave’s passing.
    The video brought tears to my eyes.
    What a nice guy.
    I hope my Dave was there to greet him.
    May God be with you and family
    Rosie Craven

  • Deb and family: So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing on, but relieved to know he is no longer suffering the earthly pains. Will never forget the fun memories of bicycling into the Whiffletree every Sunday morning and putting up with his good hearted jabs and digs and laughter. You folks were always very kind and thoughtful and we will keep you all in thought and prayer during these sad days.

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