David John “Beaver” Schlosser

January 24, 1948 ‒ December 18, 2015

Bellville, Ohio
Formerly of Moran, Michigan

BELLVILLE: Though he was born in Mansfield, David “Beaver” Schlosser considered himself a “Yooper.” Proud to live in the “U.P.” upper peninsula of Michigan, life was less about work and more about a lifestyle enjoying the land and lakes.

David passed away Friday afternoon December 18, 2015 in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. He was 67.

The son of Joseph and Katherine (Himer) Schlosser, he was graduated from St. Peter’s High School in 1966, and served six years with the Ohio Air National Guard. He owned and operated S&S Auto Wrecking near Mansfield for years and enjoyed fishing trips to Moran, Michigan so much, he bought the fishing camp on Lake Brevort and operated it 28 years.

A gifted carpenter, David enjoyed working with wood and turned out crafts of birdhouses, fish plaques, anything his mind could concoct including a double-seat outhouse!

David was a master story-teller with a wry sense of humor. He loved to regale his family with rich tales or conspiracy theories.

He is survived by his brother Steve (Phyllis) Schlosser of Bellville; his sister Pat (Cecil) Flynn of Bellville; his loving companion Tina Schrack and her daughter Chelsea McDonald; numerous nieces and nephews; and his demon dog Jack Russell Terrier Molly, who bit him every time he reached for her.

He was preceded in death by a brother Joseph G. Schlosser, Jr.

His family will observe a private memorial service.

Contribution in David’s memory may be made to Unverferth House (guest housing at OSU  Medical Center) and may be made online at UnverferthHouse.org or by check mailed to the funeral home. The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Schlosser family. Send them a message of support at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Well said! Love bonfire story time with him and the fam, lots of fishing, poker, monopoly and euchre! Thanks uncle beaver for torturing me as a child. I loved it. You are sadly missed. Love ya!
    Kim and Kirstin

  • We will miss Dave at camp. It was a bright spot in each trip to join him around the fire and talk about everything from fishing to stories from the past. We were honorary “yoopers” after spending the last 15 summers fishing on Brevort, according to him. I will never forget his surprise when I joined my husband again in 2004, the second year for me. He was convinced I wouldn’t be back after my first year. Then he told just this summer most girls wouldn’t keep coming back and I was well on my way to earning that 1000 hour badge.
    Sending our love and condolences.
    T and Adam

  • Hugs and prayers from Utah. I never met Dave personally but did enjoy the pictures and post on Facebook. Rest in peace you have so much family and love amongst you in heaven. Give my Momma Jan Schlosser a great big kiss and hug from me.

  • Absolutely the best boss ever! Will truly miss his smile and those stories that kept me at camp long after my cleaning was done. My condolences to everyone whose life he has touched. He was truly someone special and I feel honored to have met him in this life.

  • As many others were, my childhood was shaped by my time spent up at camp. I will never forget how that camp taught me independence and curiosity. None of that without Dave himself. Staying up past my bed time playing dominoes, going for rides on the ‘mule’, waking up earlier than ever to get on the lake, being named ‘little scooter’ , wondering how only Beaver was able to make the perfect fire and ALSO know exactly what side to sit on to avoid the smoke no matter how often the wind changed. Beaver was a big part of all of our lives and did so much for all of us, he will be greatly missed but his legend will live on through his talent and stories for years to come.

  • Steve and Pat,
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. We will be praying for the LORDS calming hand to be upon you and your families to give you strength and peace during this sad time.

  • I’m sorry for the loss of your loved one. He sounds like someone I would have like and been friends with. Prayers for your family. Love Mike.

  • Dave, you have touched the lives of us, our kids and grandkids and other extended family over the many years we have known you. First as renting from your neighbors,, renting cottages from you and finally becoming your neighbor. You will be greatly missed by all of us. The caring you have shown, the stories you have told at the camp fire , will give us all experiences to remember for a long time. Rest in peace, Dave. Our hearts go out to Tina and his family. He will be missed by so many.

  • Sorry for your loss. As a cousin our families were always close, always loved going to Mansfield to see Uncle Joe and Aunt Betty, didn’t know Beaver real name was David until later years . So glad we got to visit with him and Tina in Oct. Our prayers go out to all the family.

  • To the Schlosser family , sympathy from Paul and I. We spent time at Blackpoint when our son got married there. Our family had a great time and Dave helped to make it so. He had a way to make little things so memorable, the campfires foe example. He will be missed by everyone who met him. Take care family and friends.

  • To everyone who knew and loved David, we send our love and sympathy. We were kind of the new kids on the block at Black Point Camp, but were treated like family from day one. The campfires, sunsets, eagles, loons, and even the northern lights one night give us great memories of time spent with this man. We were David’s last camper before his retirement and there for Darrin & Kacees first camper as they took over the camp. It was indeed an honor to have known David. He will be missed by everyone who ever crossed his path.

  • To the Schlosser Family… May the Blessings of the Lord comfort you in the loss of your Loved One.

  • From the early years that we started going to Brevort to when we became the “thundering herd” neighbors, Dave always made us feel at home. I will certainly miss the stories and his indulging my love of local history about the Lake and those around it. My sincerest sympathies to Dave’s family, Tina, and to everyone else that knew him and got to spend time with him, he will greatly missed. Rest in peace Dave.

  • Dave was a great friend and has a special place in our hearts. My two weeks a year there with family was always such a pleasure. We started out as tourists and felt like family after the years. We all enjoyed Putting in the docks doing odd jobs and just helping Dave. We were always rewarded with the stories around the camp fire. The fire was a beacon to us all. Light warmth and friendship guided us in every night. Thanks for the memories you will always be in ours.

  • Uncle Beaver will always have a special spot in my heart. His humor and personality was unique and brought so much joy to many lives. This article sums him up perfectly – from poker, to stories, to fires, to laughs – he was a great man and jooper :). May he rest in peace and be greeted in heaven by Grandma Betty and Grandpa Joe.

  • We will miss Beaver.
    Although David was so elusive for so many years it was hard toget to know him
    as well as we would the few adult years that we did he gave us his wisdom of
    the world around him and how he viewed the things that he observed in it.

    We believe in our hearts that some day we will see Beaver again and take up where we left off right here on the very earth that Beaver loved so dearly ! Please read in your Bible John 5:28,29

    There remains in our hearts a special place for all his siblings and their loved ones.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all

  • We sure will miss “The Old Guy” (Dave). We all feel robbed of future time with you. May God comfort all of his family and friends with all of our wonderfully unique experiences with Dave. You meant so much to the people that had the honor of getting to know you. I pray for your true love Tina to find peace with this devastating event. I promise to keep your spirit alive as I tell stories to newcomers of BPC about Beaver, and how I wish they could of had the honor of meeting you. You have definitely touched our lives in such a positive way, and I thank God every day for being blessed with you as my friend.

  • We camped for many years at Blackpoint Camp, and always looked forward to seeing David again and listening to the latest stories. We will miss him and will always remember him. Tina- our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go thru this difficult time. Keith and Sharon Wheat, Curtis, MI.


  • I miss him so much and know his family and friends feel this. We had a plan and my life will never be the same without him here. I’m so thankful for the time we had together. Knowing he will always be in my heart and soul! Love you baby! Smooch!

  • My sincere sympathies to Beaver’s family and friends. I spent 20 years of summer vacations at the camp, 1992-2012. my family put in many man-hours help Dave restore the bathhouse and cabins. My son even helped to re-roof one of them. That was where my kids grew up going, we never stayed anywhere else…and my daughter and her husband began their own family tradition this past summer, spending their entire honeymoon there in August. Spent many evenings around the campfire listening to stories and talking about fishing. R.I.P. Beaver, you will never be forgotten