David Edwin Boals

August 14, 1929 ‒ March 13, 2018

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: David Edwin Boals went to be with the Lord Tuesday afternoon, March 13, 2018 in his home surrounded by his family. He was 88.

He was born August 14, 1929 in Mansfield to parents Benjamin & Dorothy (Enos) Boals. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High, where he was Honorable Mention All-Ohio at tackle, with the class of 1947 before going on to the University of Maryland where he played football and then even played with The Ohio State University Football team until injuries caused him to call it quits.

As a young man in high school, a beautiful young lady named Susan Belle Biddle caught his eye and the pair married on September, 10 1949.

A hard-working man, David worked for his father at Page Dairy for 10 years before going to work at General Motors for over 30 years. Later in life he drove as a school bus driver for 8 years for many local school districts. For 37 years he raised pure-bred Charolais Cattle and sold them to people across many states.

In spare time, he took pleasure in traveling with his family from wintering in Jekyll Island, Georgia; to visiting almost every state; and even trips to Europe, Spain and their favorite trip to New Zealand. He enjoyed biking and even volunteered to patrol the bike trail for 10 years. But above all, David cherished his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years Sue Belle Boals of Butler; daughter Lydia (Jeffrey) Spriesterbach of Canton; son David Scott (Carol) Boals of Mansfield; grandchildren Jackie (Derik) Kridler, Ben Spriesterbach, David (Michelle) Boals, Adam (Melissa) Boals, Michael (Abbey) Boals and Matthew Boals; great-grandchildren Katrina Spriesterbach, Karlie Spriesterbach and Addison Boals; and his favorite cat Reddy.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his brothers Benjamin O. Boals and Robert W. Boals.

The Boals family will receive friends Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 11 a.m.  to 12 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring David’s life will begin immediately at 12 p.m. Pastor Doug Pretorius will speak.

In lieu of flower contributions in David’s memory to the Humane Society of the United States may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve David’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them ~or to watch his tribute video~ at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • We have so many good memories with Dave and Sue. The best time ever was the good times we had with them as neighbors on the farm. Dave was one of a kind, and we loved him. We will miss his unending teasing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sue and all the family.

  • I remember loading his truck and checking him back in, at Page Dairy when I was still going to school in 1953. Always enjoyed the playing around with him. Prayers are with him and his family.

  • Scott and Carol, it’s been a while since we’ve had the pleasure of seeing you and your sons but we have fond memories of our times together at St. Peter’s. Please accept our sincere sympathies as you endure this great loss. We could see that Mr. Boals was a great dad, father-in-law, and grandfather. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your extended families.

  • Scott, Carol, and boys. Please accept our sincerest sympathy on the loss of your father/grandfather. You are in our prayers. May he rest in peace.

  • Sue and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My sincere sympathy to all of you. Rinda