David James Harbaugh

November 26, 1942 ‒ July 14, 2019

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: David James Harbaugh, devoted son, dependable brother, loving uncle & caring cousin passed away peacefully on July 14, 2019 at his home in Lexington, OH surrounded by loved ones.

David was born November 26, 1942 to Paul Sr. & Grace (Parisi) Harbaugh. As a teenager he enjoyed helping his father at Paul’s Drive-In. He served in the Army & was an MP stationed in Okinawa during the Vietnam War. After his military service he returned to work at the Post Office as a letter carrier, retiring after 42 years. After his father died in 1987 he cared for his mother until her death in 2008.

He enjoyed many things most of which included his family. His favorites were yearly trips to the beach cottage in Huron, outings to Put-In-Bay, family picnics and of course family card night. When he wasn’t busy with family gatherings he was devoting his time to volunteering for Meals-On-Wheels and enjoying his Thursday lunch at Donato’s with his buddies.

Left to cherish his memory are his brothers Paul Jr. (Donna Sue) Harbaugh, Steve (Debora) Harbaugh, and sister Carol Cassel; uncle Joe (Pat) Parry; nieces Tina (Chris) Baker, Leslie (Rich) Leo and niece/goddaughter Amy (Jay) Goyal; nephews Mike (Misty) Moore, Joshua Cassel, Michael Baker and nephew/godson Matthew David Cassel; cousins Diana Baker, Joyce Turner, Marcy Parry, Jim Parry & Kathleen Dolega.  He also leaves behind other cousins, grandnieces & grandnephews and many loving friends & neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his parents Paul Sr. (Grace) Harbaugh and many loving aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be held Friday at 11 am.  Father Matthew Frisbee will officiate.  Burial with military honors will follow at Mansfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to Meals-On-Wheels or Catholic Charities may be made through the funeral home.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Saurabh Das, of the Cleveland Clinic and Hospice of North Central Ohio for their quality care.

To view David’s tribute video or leave his family a message of condolence please visit: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • To all his family and friends, I’m sorry for your loss. Dave will be missed by so many. I would like you to know how we have always enjoyed Dave’s time not just as a mailman or customer but most of all as a friend to all of us at Donatos.

    Mark Peeples
    Donatos Pizza

  • Harbaugh family, I know David will be so missed. Our deepest sympathy , and may God help you thru this difficult time. He was always such a good person. Kathy (Altaffer) Mawhorr.

  • Diane & Joyce, we sincerely are so sorry for the loss of Dave. He just adored you two. Everyone loved him. He was the best mailman. He was always a giver of his time & heart. Our prayers for all of the family. Our deepest sympathy.

  • Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I worked with Dave at the Mansfield Post Office for a
    number of years. He will always be remembered as a consummate professional to the customers he serve and to those carriers who worked with him. My deepest sympathy
    to his family.