David H. Reiter

October 21, 1940 ‒ October 30, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  David H. Reiter 79 of Mansfield, passed away October 30, 2019 at Winchester Terrace Nursing Home after an extended illness.

He was born October 21, 1940 in Mansfield, to John and Beatrice Charlene Pfeifer. He was a graduate of Lucas High School and spent 6 years in the Air National Guard of Ohio as a Reserve of the Air Force. He retired after 40 plus years as the Manager of Bearings Incorporated.

David is survived by his 2 brothers, Bob (Judy) Reiter of Medford, WI, and John (Pat) of Georgetown, KY; children, Tonya (Paul) Hampton, Tim Groscost, Trent (Jackie) Groscost; stepchildren, Jerry (Sharla) Kimble, & John (Tammy) Kimble; grandchildren, Trustin (Lori) Hampton, Taryn Allred, Sheri Davis, Trandon Groscost, Taylor (Kelley) Groscost, Tuesday Lica, Talisa Schendel, Travis (Alicia) Groscost, Tabatha Wagner, Joe Elliot, Tyler (Ashleigh) Groscost, Tevin (Carissa) Groscost, Tessa Groscost, & Tanner Groscost; step grandchildren Jeri, Autumn, Bryce, Ryan, Jonathan and Kelly; great grandchildren, Talor Hampton, Kalee Hampton, Treven (Nicole) Allred, Taelyn Allred, Tristin Davis, Tate Davis, Tracen Groscost, Truman Groscost, Tahlia Groscost, Bailey Lica, Blake Lica, Brent Lica, EmmJay Lica, Teya Shandel, Tauren Shandel, Shelbey Rush, Isabella Rush, James Wagner, Austin Wagner, Cayleigh Groscost, Trey Groscost, Tavin Groscost, Tevin Groscost, & Tarissa Groscost; step great grand children Archer, Beckett, Willow, Weslynn, Max and Drew; great-great Grandchildren, Braden Groscost, Bralynn Peyton, Tryston Allred.  Other special daughters-in-law Lynn, Karol, Cheryl, Rose, & Tracy; nieces, Cathy Hopkins, & Melanie (John) Wagner and nephews, Steve (Sue) Reiter, & John E (Karen) Reiter.

Preceeded in death by his parents, his first wife Shirley Long Groscost Reiter on April 18, 1994, his second wife Helen “Sis” Perman Kimble Reiter on October 23, 2019, and two sons Todd Groscost, & Tevin Groscost.

David will always be remembered for his “dry” sense of humor and having the patience of Jobe.  He was a confirmed bachelor who eventually married a woman with five young children, known as the 5 Tornados. Upon his introduction to the Tornados, he knew that his baby blue Mercury Cougar wouldn’t do if the family were going to go anywhere together.  A week later he arrived driving a Mercury Montego station wagon and took the whole family to Cedar Point.  The Tornados decided then that Dave was a keeper.  He stood by them through thick and thin and loved unconditionally. He always said “I ain’t going nowhere, I will always be here”, and he was until the very end. They were so grateful and lucky to have Daddy Dave in their lives.

The family would like to thank Winchester Terrace Nursing Home and staff and a special thank you to Miss Angie and Miss Vicky for your outstanding care and compassion.

Ohio Health Hospice came into David’s life on October 2, 2019 giving him excellent care and making his transition so much easier for both he and his family. In Lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Ohio Health Hospice in care of Snyder Funeral Home.

Calling hours will be Monday November 4, 2019 from 1 pm to 2 pm at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  A graveside service will follow at 2:30 pm in Mansfield Memorial Park Ontario, officiated by Chaplin Dianna Barr from Ohio Health Hospice.

Online condolences may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.


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  • Tonya and family. So sorry for your family’s loss. So much all at once. Thoughts and prayers to all of you from our family.

  • Never knew the meaning of a step mom or step dad but when this man came into our lives well we knew what we had he took all of us under his wing proposed to our mother and gave her a ring the things that he gave us was not only his love but took the burden of our mom working two jobs he sided our old house and had an addition put on and still to this day it’s called the new room. Not a day will go bye the love we all have for you from the 5 tornadoes rest in peace daddy dave and thank you so much for showing what a real “STEP FATHER FIGURE ” should be will always always always love and miss you but will never ever forget you….

  • Tonya, I am so sorry to see the passing of your father. Please let me know if you need anything, my prayers are with you all.

  • He truly was a great man and would never hesitate to make u feel welcome I remember many times as a kid talk to him in kitchen or his office up front but I really don’t know how he slept in the ice box with Shirley I remember snow on the floor below window lol!! There was always love in that house and I can smile when thinking about the whole family doing Christmas for sure in the new room

  • Tonya and family,
    Going down memory lane, I remember Dave and your mom had a bathroom right outside of their bedroom and your mom had a fan inside the window even then it was cold and snowing. It was so cold I couldn’t hardly use it. I can’t believe Dave slept in the bed.

    Also, I remember coming in the kitchen Dave would be watching jeopardy every night and I was so impressed that Dave knew all the questions before they answered them. I said to him you should go on the show.

    Some of my fondest memories and special times was when both Shirley and Dave coming to visit me in Florida and later North Carolina.

    They have always been supportive and their love for my family.!

    They have always made me feel like their daughter in law and so has the rest of the family’.

    My condolences to you and your family

  • I had the pleasure of working with Dave at Bearings Inc for forty years ! What a guy !
    Wonderful sense of humor , great branch manager and a kind and giving soul who loved people unconditionally ,
    In the early years , dave and I would head for either The old Westway restaurant on Park ave east or Kals restaurant on fourth street for dinner a couple of nights a week and chat about anything and everything . Afterwords there was either a card game or a checker game , which most of the time he would trounce me at , and then it was off to the Coney Island restaurant on Main Street .

    I recall with fondness the little MG sports car
    That dave drove back in 1962 , which would never start whenever it rained . I used to keep a can of ether in my trunk solely to use on the carburetor
    To get the MG started again !
    Dave was a confirmed bachelor until he met his soon to be wife Shirley , who instantly became the love of his life . They were two peas in a pod !
    I will always have fond memories of our years at
    Bearings inc and will always feel blessed to have
    Had the friendship of one David Reiter in my life !
    Dave , May the Lord keep you close at his side
    And grant you peace and eternal happiness !
    ( and Lord …. just a heads up …..NEVER play cards or checkers with Dave or you’ll end up at Coney Island buying him a bowl of chili and an
    RC cola ! )
    My condolences to all of Dave’s extended family
    Know that I too will miss this guy immensely !
    Regards ,
    John Leach

    • John,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and stories.
      Dave was one of a kind, he will be missed by many.